It is that time of the year again where Poppy’s are blooming and people gather at dawn to show their respect for the diggers who fought for our country 100 years ago… and then of course go on to show this support by getting rowdy and betting on heads or tails in a great Australian game of “2 up”. Another tradition and symbolic part of Anzac day is the sweet golden crunchy Anzac biscuit.
“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.”
However, like most biscuits and sweet things they are LOADED with sugar and not very good for our health. Here is an adapted SUGAR FREE healthy recipe which will still produce the same great flavour and texture – without the nasties.
These biscuits are gluten free*, dairy free* and refined sugar free. There is also a paleo friendly version at the bottom. But what is an Anzac biscuit without oats really?
SUGAR FREE ANZAC BISCUITS – SF GF DF* PALEO* makes about 14-16 cookies
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
3/4 cup almond meal
1 cup wholemeal or gluten free flour
1 tsp bi carb soda (mixed with 1 Tbs boiling water)
100gms butter or coconut oil
1/3 cup granulated coconut sugar (or stevia)
2 Tbs rice malt syrup (or honey)
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
Pre heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Heat honey, butter and stevia/coconut sugar on a low heat on the stove. Add the sea salt.
In a large bowl mix dry ingredients together. Pour wet ingredients and stir through. Roll into balls and place on a lined baking tray.
Press biscuit flat and place in oven for 15 minutes of until golden brown.
Set aside on a wire rack to cool – the biscuit will seem soft at first but go hard and crunchy as it cools. Will last in container for up to 7 days or store in freezer for 1 month. I love to stock up on biscuits and eat them straight out of the freezer. They are cold and crunchy and just divine!!!
*PALEO; you can make these biscuits Paleo with a few simple substitutes This will slightly effect the texture and final product and of course without the oats are not quite traditional Anzac biscuits but they will still taste divine. Simply replace the oats with quinoa flakes or chopped macadamias and use 1/2 coconut flour and 1/2 (extra) almond meal for the 1 cup flour substitute. Coconut sugar and honey are both Paleo friendly sweetners so no changes there. For DAIRY FREE use coconut oil instead of butter.
Happy ANZAC DAY my fellow Aussies!!!
This recipe was adapted from the highly successful “I quit sugar for life” cookbook by Sarah Wilson and team. She promotes sugar free living at it’s best and has a huge variety of healthy recipes for lunch boxes and everyday living! If you don’t already have her books – head to her website www.iquitsugar.com NOW!