ANZAC biscuits have a proud tradition in Australia, and each year we set aside time to celebrate those who have fallen in war and pay tribute to the ANZACs. World War One soldiers from New Zealand and Australia ate biscuits as one of their food mainstays, and we remember their service by eating these same biscuits as well.
According to local legends, the biscuits were created by families of soldiers out on the front lines, and they were used to supplement that meagre rations they received. In the original recipe, flour, rolled oats, sugar, syrup, butter and desiccated coconut were all used, and these biscuits were meant to ensure the soldiers had enough to eat.
On ANZAC Day, April 25th, the tradition lives on in Australia and in New Zealand. These biscuits are as hearty and healthful as ever. Many people adapt them to fit their particular diets, and that’s what we want to do here with this recipe. We have added in some superfoods to make this a powerful treat that won’t make you feel bad about indulging in a traditional favourite.
- What You’ll Need:
- A cup of rolled oats
- Two tablespoons of chia seeds
- A cup of spelt plain flour or wholemeal
- A half cup of desiccated coconut
- A half cup of coconut sugar
- Half a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
- 125g of coconut oil
- Two to three tablespoons of boiling water
- One to two tablespoons of honey (rice malt syrup works as well)
- How to Make It:
- Warm the oven to 175° C.
- Mix you the sugar, coconut, oats, flour and chia seeds in a large bowl.
- Mix the rice syrup or honey and coconut oil in a separate bowl.
- Allow the baking soda to dissolve in two tablespoons of hot water. Take the dissolved baking soda and mix it in the with coconut oil and honey mixture.
- Pour the liquid mix into the dry mix and stir gently. If the end results are crumbly, then add in a little bit more water. A dry mix can result in fragile biscuits.
- Take this mix and roll it into balls. Squish each ball slightly and then bake in an oven for about 13 minutes. The biscuits should be golden brown. Let them cool down. If you are going for crunchy biscuits, then let them cool on the tray. For chewy biscuits, you can leave them on the tray for about five minutes and then put them on a cooling rack.