Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served our countries. One of the long-standing traditions of this day is to make ANZAC BISCUITS - widely known by those who grew up eating them as one of the most delicious biscuits on the planet. The good news is, you don't have to be an Aussie or Kiwi to enjoy the amazing, easy, healthy Anzac Biscuits below!
Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps established in World War I. It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.
Traditional Anzac biscuits, while made from oats which are a great source of soluble fiber, also contain butter and refined sugar. The recipe below swaps those out for low-fat, healthy ingredients - in fact these are so healthy you could pretty much eat them for breakfast!
- 1 cup plain flour of choice (I used wholemeal, but any other flour will work fine)
- 1 cup dessicated coconut
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup apple sauce (this can be swapped out for coconut oil or vegan butter)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Combine dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon or your hands. Add a dash of water if the mix is too dry.
Line a baking tray with baking paper, take small balls of mixture and press into biscuits in the pan. Pop in the oven for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before eating!