This recipe was originally posted in April 2016 BUT my knowledge and baking style has changed since then so I wanted to adapt this recipe accordingly. Originally these biscuits were made using rice malt syrup and butter but I have swapped these for honey and coconut oil due to personal preference. I have also adapted the quantities slightly... enjoy!
For those of you in the UK, Anzac day (25th April) is a day of remembrance and commemoration for when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) landed in Galipoli during WW1, which was first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the war. The day is a public holiday and begins with dawn services across the country followed by, in Sydney, a march through the centre of the city. It is also the only day in the calendar year where the game 'two-up' is legal to play in bars/pubs (an Australian gambling game which was played by the ANZACs during war).
But one of the things ANZAC day is most famous for is the traditional ANZAC biscuits (or 'biccies' if you're an Aussie). They were made during the war and eaten by the soldiers as a substitute for bread. The traditional recipe is laden with sugar and refined white flour so obviously I decided it was necessary to re-create a healthy version of these infamous biscuits to enjoy on the day. These biscuits are supposed to be thin and crunchy - perfect for dipping into a cup of tea (how British - and ironic!).
Recipe (makes 12):
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup mixed nuts (I used almonds, cashews and macadamias)
1) Preheat oven to 150 degrees (fan) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
2) In a food processor, combine the oats, coconut and nuts - a few lumps is fine as it adds texture to the biscuits.
3) Add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract and baking powder and blend for about 30 secs, until well combined.
4) Add 1 tbsp water and blend again - this will help the mixture stick together. If needed, add another tbsp (the mixture needs to be clumping together).
5) Divide mixture into 12.
6) Roll mixture into balls in your hand and flatten into a round biscuit shape on the baking tray.
7) Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
8) Leave to cool on a rack and enjoy!
If you don't have a food processor you can still combine the mixture in a bowl, it will just have a chunkier texture. And what's great about these biscuits is that there are no fancy ingredients so you might even have them lurking in the cupboard already without needing to pop to the shops.