This time of year, all around Australia and New Zealand, hundreds and thousands of cookies are being baked. The humble Anzac biscuit, a symbol no to forget.
Traditionally, they are made with an ingredients list that includes refined sugar, golden syrup, processed flour and oats. So, I decided to make my own gluten free, grain free, or paleo version.
Anzac Biscuits (makes 12-14)
125 gm dates
1.5 cups almond meal
1 tbsp coconut oil
2.5 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup almond slivers
- Preheat the oven to 175 degrees and line a baking tray with grease proof paper (shiny side up).
- Place the dates into the Thermomix (or food processor) and blitz for 10 seconds at speed 8.
- Add the almond meal and combine the two ingredients by processing for another 10 seconds/speed 8.
- Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, shredded coconut, and baking powder. Mix together for 10 seconds/speed 6.
- Add the almond slivers and stir through on reverse/speed 3 for 4 seconds.
- Take a heaped tablespoon of the mixture and shape into a ball and press out into a disc shape. Place on the tray and repeat with the rest of the mixture.
- Place another sheet of baking paper over the discs and using a rolling-pin, gently flatten out a bit more. Note: if you like your cookies softer, don’t use the rolling-pin.
- Place in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes depending on how soft or crunchy you like them. I bake them 8 minutes for chewy and 9 or 10 for crunchy. Make sure to keep an eye on them though, they can darken quickly.
It’s thought that the biscuits ingredients did not spoil, so they were ideal for wives and mothers to mail their soldiers serving. They also had a long ‘shelf life’, great for long trips for naval officers. The Army issued Anzac biscuits themselves, but they were not like the commercial sugar filled packets for sale today. They were very hard and even used as a substitute for bread at times.
These healthier versions of an Anzac biscuit allow my family to remember those that served for us, while still being full of real food ingredients.