Did you know that ANZAC biscuits were originally called Soldiers Biscuits? It wasn’t until our troops landed at ANZAC Cove that the name was changed in honour of our diggers. There were originally made by the wives of soldiers and by women’s groups to be sent over to our troops. The ingredients – rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle – were chosen as they wouldn’t spoil easily, making them perfect to send over long distances.
Today they are very much ingrained into Australian culture and are enjoyed not just as we mark ANZAC Day but throughout the year. I think it’s such a lovely idea that we can enjoy these year round, paying our respects to those who have kept us safe for many years.
As these biscuits are a slight deviation from that original recipe I have called them ANZAC style biscuits but rest assured they are every bit as tasty as the originals, just with a little more wholesomeness. The main reason for the change was the flour used in the original recipe. Flour has changed in Australia as our wheat has changed. For this reason I have used almond meal (flour), it also helps give it the yummy texture that we all love with ANZAC Biscuits. The other major change is from golden syrup or treacle to maple syrup. Whilst both still a simple carbohydrate, a pure maple syrup is less refined as golden syrup and not quite as sweet. As I have removed refined sugars from my diet I have found my palate for sweetness is not what it used to be. I can enjoy a yummy ANZAC Biscuit now, without the need for it to be super sweet.
And at the end of the day is there anything more comforting than dipping a biscuit into a hot drink? I’m not sure if it takes me back to childhood when dunking a biscuit in my hot chocolate was the best thing in the world! Or if it is the perfect moment in time, when the world pauses for just a little while, allowing you that quiet moment of pure me time. Either way an ANZAC Biscuit is perfect for these moments of dunking! So as you enjoy your ANZAC style biscuit, whether it be on ANZAC Day or any day of the year, in that little moment of pause remember those who serve and have served in our armed forces. This one is for you little brother!
What Do I Need?
- 1 1/2 cups of Rolled Oats (Gluten Free)
- 1 cup of Almond Flour/Meal
- 1 cup of Coconut, shredded or desiccated
- 1/4 cup of Macadamia Oil
- 1/3 cup of Pure Maple Syrup or Raw Honey (I like to mix both)
- 1 teaspoon of Bi-carb soda
- 2 Tablespoons of Boiling Water
Let’s Do This!
1. Preheat oven to 150c
2. Combine the oats, flour and coconut in a bowl.
3. Place maple syrup/honey and oil in a glass jug, heat until runny (about 20secs in the microwave).
4. Place bi-carb soda in a small bowl and top with boiling water, add to oil/maple syrup mixture. Then add all the wet mix to the dry mix. Combine.
5. With damp hands pat out biscuits and place on an oven tray lined with baking paper – I get around 10 to 12 depending how much mix I eat 🙊 and how big they are.
6. Bake in oven for 20-25mins – until golden.
7. Cool on tray for 10mins and then place on a wire rack.
And the most important part….. Enjoy with a lovely warm drink, dunking these in and pausing for a moment in your day….