ANZAC Biscuits: Invented by incredible women
The wives and mothers of Australian soldiers first came up with the recipe for these biscuits during World War 1. The original ingredients were chosen because they didn’t spoil and didn’t need refrigeration: rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle, bi-carbonate of soda and boiling water – this meant the biscuits travelled well over the long boat trip from Australia to Europe. As the war continued many women’s groups spent a great deal of time making ANZAC biscuits to send to the troops. And they’ve been made every April since (but they’re good all year round!).
We’ve given our recipe of this classic Aussie treat a twist by using some of our favourite superfoods. These biscuits still taste delicious and are a little bit guilt free. As always, it’s best to buy organic wherever you can!
This recipe makes about 30 medium sized biscuits
1 cup of Organic Wholemeal or Spelt Plain Flour sifted
1 Cup of Organic Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup of Organic Coconut Sugar
1/2 cup of Organic Desiccated Coconut
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
125gm of Organic Coconut Oil (in liquid form – heat to melt if necessary)
1-2 Tablespoon of Rice Bran Syrup
1/2 Teaspoon of Bicarb Soda
2-3 Tablespoons of boiling water
1. Preheat Oven to 175 degrees Celsius (347 F).
2. In a large bowl mix the Flour, Oats, Sugar, Coconut and Chia Seeds.
3. In a smaller bowl, combine the Coconut oil and the Rice Bran Syrup.
4. Dissolve the baking soda into 2 tablespoons of the boiling water then add this carefully to the Coconut Oil mix.
5. Stir the liquid mix into the dry ingredients, if the mixture is still crumbly add another tablespoon of water.
Note: If the ingredients are too dry the biscuits will fall apart, so the wetter the better!
6. Roll into balls and place on lined baking tray and squish them down a little so they’re a bit flat.
7. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Leave to cool – if you want crunchy ANZAC’S leave them on the baking tray until they’re cool – for chewy ones leave them for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.
9. Enjoy with a cup of your favourite tea!