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Healthy ANZAC Biscuits

ANZAC biscuits

ANZAC Biscuits – ANZAC day biscuits are a valued tradition each April.  If you love a biscuit with your cuppa but like to make healthy choices, try my healthy ANZAC biscuits.  I have replaced the golden syrup with maple syrup.  Golden syrup is highly processed, void of any nutrients and converts quickly to glucose and elevates our blood glucose.  I have replaced it with maple syrup which is natural, has not been processed and contains nutrients such as magnesium, zinc and manganese. It also tastes delicious.

Oats are a great source of fibre and protein, ensure you use whole oats.  If you avoid gluten replace oats with quinoa flakes, they taste delicious.

Spelt flour contains more fibre than regular flour, again being less processed and being richer in nutrients such as magnesium.  If you are gluten free simply substitute with any gluten free flour.  Buckwheat or coconut flour work well.

Finally adding some plant based oils such as coconut or macadamia instead of butter provide essential omega for brain function, hormones and satiety.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup of white spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup of coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons of oil – coconut or cold pressed nut oil such as macadamia nut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarb soda
  • 3 tablespoons of boiling water
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

For a gluten-free option substitute rolled oats for quinoa flakes and spelt flour for gluten-free flour

Method:

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

Combined wet ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved – oil, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla.

Combined wet ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved – oil, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla.

Remove saucepan from the heat and add the baking powder and boiling water.

Combine wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and cacao nibs.

Roll mixture into teaspoon-sized balls and place on a lined baking tray. Press on top with a fork to slightly flatten and bake for 12 – 15 minutes until golden.

Cool and enjoy.