I absolutely love these yummy oaty biscuits which originate from Australia. I have made them before, but this is a dairy free and vegan version which also contains wholemeal flour, hence they are healthier ANZAC biscuits. The biscuits get their name because they were made by the wives and family of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and sent to them as the ingredients meant they kept well in transit and didn’t go off for a while.
To make the healthier ANZAC biscuits, I started by mixing the oats, plain flour, wholemeal plain flour, dessicated coconut and light brown sugar in a bowl.
Then I put the oil, golden syrup and water in a pan and heated it on high for about 30 seconds until it bubbled. I took it off the heat, and stirred in the bicarbonate of soda. It frothed quite a bit, but I kept stirring until it calmed down.
I poured the mixture into the dry ingredients and stirred until well combined.
Using my hands, I shaped the mixture into small balls and put them onto a lined baking tray.
I baked on 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 10-15 minutes until golden. Leave them to cool on the baking tray until they are firmer before moving to a cooling rack.
I melted the dark chocolate and dipped the biscuits into it. You don’t have to use the chocolate, but dark chocolate, in small quantities, is known for it’s health benefits such as containing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. To keep these healthier ANZAC biscuits vegan friendly, make sure to use a 70% dark chocolate that doesn’t contain any milk (check the label).
Healthier ANZAC Biscuits
- 200 g Oats
- 100 g Plain flour
- 80 g Wholemeal plain flour
- 95 g Light brown sugar
- 30 g Dessicated coconut
- 100 ml Sunflower or vegetable oil
- 4 tbsp Golden syrup
- 4 tbsp Water
- 2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- 150 g Dark chocolate
Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line your baking tray(s) with baking paper
Mix the oats, plain flour, wholemeal plain flour, dessicated coconut and light brown sugar in a bowl
Put the sunflower oil, golden syrup and water in a pan and heat it on high for about 30 seconds until it bubbles. Take it off the heat, and stir in the bicarbonate of soda. Keep stirring until the frothing calms
Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined
Use your hands to shape the biscuits into small balls and put them onto the lined baking tray(s)
Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on the baking tray until they are firm before moving to a cooling rack
Melt the dark chocolate and dip the biscuits into it. Leave to set
Recipe adapted from the Australian Healthy Food Guide.