Dairy Free Digestive Biscuits


Delicious dairy free imitations of the British classic – the chocolate digestive biscuit! Crumbly, sweet biscuit, generously topped with chocolate makes it the perfect dunker in a  cup of tea.

I will admit that although I generally don’t struggle with being dairy free anymore, I do miss the ease of being able to pick up a packet of something in a shop, and devouring it without giving consideration to the ingredients. I have several things I really miss like this, with Twixs topping the list, and milk chocolate digestives following in a close second. I ate an unreasonable amount of digestives whilst at uni…. they used to be my treat for studying (1 biscuit every time I turned the page… it was an excellent encouragement!).


I can’t swear that these are an exact replica of the elusive chocolate digestive, but what I can promise is that these are a delicious substitute. Unfortunately, they do require you spend some time baking them as even McVities dark chocolate digestives contain milk (McVities, if you’re reading this – we would all appreciate if that changed!!), but they are worth the effort if you’re looking for a great, dunk-able, chocolate biscuit recipe.


The other great thing about making these yourself is that you can control the sugar in them. This is not about a health kick! Simply making the biscuits fit to different tastes… although I’m a great lover of dark chocolate, and (despite starting up a baking business!) don’t have a huge sweet-tooth myself, I do acknowledge that some people do. So, if this sounds like you, don’t be afraid to add another 15g of sugar.


Top these however you like; personally, I loved them plain, just topped with dark chocolate. However, go as fussy as you like! I also topped some with finely chopped hazelnuts, but you could try dried fruit, other nuts, or a mix of different types of dairy free chocolate if you preferred.


Makes approximately 20 biscuits. Takes 40 minutes plus baking and cooling time.


  • 370g plain flour
  • large pinch of salt
  • 150g caster sugar (add an extra 15g if you prefer them to be super sweet)
  • 200g dairy free butter, chilled
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 200g dark chocolate
  1. Preheat the oven to 160c, and line two large baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. Sift together the flour and the salt in a medium bowl, then add the sugar and butter.
  3. Use your hands to rub the butter and flour mix together until it resembles bread crumbs, or pulse together in a food processor.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla, and bring it all together using either your hands or the food processor until you have a firm dough.
  5. Cover the dough with clingfilm, and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  6. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to approx. 1/2cm think and cut out the biscuits using a small/ medium fluted cutter.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 – 18 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Remove, and cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. When cool, make the chocolate topping. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl suspended over barely simmering water.
  9. Pour the chocolate into a shallow bowl or plate, and then dip the top of each biscuit in the chocolate.
  10. Leave to set on the wire rack, the chocolate side facing up.
  11. If wished, you could add a pattern to the chocolate by dragging a fork through it – or, add toppings, such as crushed nuts or dried or powdered fruits.
  12. Keep in an air tight container for 2 – 3 days.



Filed under Biscuits & Cookies, Chocolate

9 responses to “Dairy Free Digestive Biscuits

  1. Emily

    How are these dairy free? The recipe calls for 200g butter…!


  2. This looks like a great recipe for some homemade chocolate digestives. But it isn’t dairy-free if it has 200g of butter and chocolate topping!?!


    • Hi Emily, I just replied to your other comment 🙂 I often write my recipes briefly before I go to bake them, and missed out a few key words when I went to edit it! If you use a dairy free butter and dark chocolate (but check the label, most are dairy free but you need to check) then these are completely dairy free. Thanks for commenting and letting me know, I’ve updated the recipe now!


  3. Yum, they look amazing! I’ll give it a try one day 🙂


  4. Since going dairy free, I have had some serious digestives cravings, so thank you for this recipe x


  5. Bobbie

    Looking forward to trying these. My little girl is dairy free and most shop bought dairy free anything is disgusting so I try to bake everything from scratch. These look delicious and I’m sure my daughter will love them. Thanks for sharing. Rx


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