When I was asked to bake Anzac biscuits I thought I’d change them up a bit to make them dairy free for people with dairy intolerances, and on the way I discovered some health benefits to baking this way.
I also investigated making these gluten-free Anzac biscuits BUT while oats contain the protein avenin, which is tolerated by most coeliacs, the whole thing becomes very problematic for coeliacs when oats are grown in fields near wheat, barley and rye fields, and are processed in the same factories as gluten products. This can mean the oats are likely to be contaminated and not safe for coeliacs.
Therefore I highly recommend that coeliacs seek out gluten-free oats OR just avoid Anzac biccies altogether to be 100% safe. Sorry!
So in making mine, I swapped out a few ingredients while keeping the much-needed Chelsea Golden Syrup, and if I do say so myself, they’re frickin’ AMAZING!!!!
Get more Anzac biccie recipes, here!
Health Benefits Of Our Ingredients
Buckwheat flour – This is actually a seed not a grain and is packed full of fibre and protein. As well as containing powerful antioxidants such as rutin, tannins and catechin, buckwheat is a source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Source.
Rolled oats – Oats have more dietary fibre than any other grain, and have cholesterol-lowering properties, and even has the potential to lower heart disease. Source.
Desiccated coconut – This is super rich in the minerals your body craves, such as manganese, copper and selenium, as well contains dietary fibre. Source.
Coconut sugar – Coconut sugar contains inulin, which is a fibre known to slow glucose absorption, making it low GI. Plus coconut sugar contains iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, which is not contained in sugar. Source.
Coconut oil – The health benefits of coconut oil are endless and there are a kajillion websites online so you can read up about this health elixir. Coconut oil is known to raise HDL, which is the good cholesterol in our bodies.And, according to Health Ambition coconut oil aids in weight loss: “Studies have shown that consuming a small amount of coconut oil makes you feel full so you’re inclined to eat less at meals and avoid snacking”. Source.
Find out more about Chelsea and Anzac biscuits PLUS more recipes, here!
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 ¾ cups rolled oats (or gluten-free oats)
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- ¾ cup Chelsea Organic Coconut Sugar
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup Chelsea Golden Syrup
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
Pre-heat oven to 150ºC and prepare two baking trays with baking paper.
In a large bowl mix sift the buckwheat flour then add the rolled oats, coconut and coconut sugar.
In a pot on the stove, melt the coconut oil, golden syrup and water on a low heat until the coconut oil is melted and the ingredients have combined. Do not allow the mixture to simmer or boil.
Add the bicarbonate of soda/baking soda into the mixture and very quickly add it to the dry ingredients and mix well.
Roll the mixture into golf ball-sized balls, then place on your tray and flatten. Spread the biscuits around 4cm apart as these biscuits spread.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until your delicious Anzac biscuits are golden brown.
Let them cool slightly on the tray for around 5 minutes before transferring them first onto a cooling rack. These bad boys will store ready for eating for up to a week.
The baking, recipe, ideas and photos are all mine!