Today I’m doing what all good Australians and New Zealanders are doing – baking anzacs in preparation for ANZAC day tomorrow. These biscuits are an absolute classic – they were sent to the soldiers during the war, so the traditional recipe ensures that they keep for a long time and still taste delicious on delivery. Obviously, we had to give the paleo version a try! This recipe for Paleo Anzac Biscuits was provided by the Paleo Cafe – a great new opening in Auckland (check out our review here!).
I consider myself a bit of an Anzac baking legend – it’s a method I’ve perfected over the last few years and often whip up batches for my friends. This was the first time I’d tried making paleo anzac biscuits but the results were so delicious I will definitely be making them again!
The method is really similar to the traditional recipe – just swap out the butter for coconut oil, the golden syrup for maple syrup, and almonds replace flour, oats, and sugar. Easy!
I used a delicious new coconut oils I came across at the Go Green Expo. I always thought all coconut oils were the same, but this particular brand is so creamy and buttery and packed with intense flavour. It’s worth trying a few different brands and finding one that you like – a good quality coconut oil can make all the difference.
For the maple syrup, it is crucial that you check the labels! Most brands contain traces of sugar – even the ones that claim to be ‘pure Canadian maple syrup’. As long as maple syrup is the only ingredient, you are good to go. These ones are often expensive, but they’re the only true paleo ones so worth the investment!
When you make the paleo anzac biscuits by rolling the mixture into balls, be very gentle. They are super fragile and not much binds them together so it’s best to take your time and make sure they don’t fall apart. I lightly pressed mine down with a fork and ended up ruining a few – but that’s ok! Just throw the broken mixture back into the bowl and re-roll them.
It’s best to bake them until they look slightly over cooked – this way you can guarantee they’re cooked through properly. This usually takes about 20 minutes, but my oven is really bad so just keep an eye on them as they should take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.
Serve with you fave cup of herbal tea and enjoy!
- 1 cup Almond Meal
- 1 cup Sliced Almonds
- 1 cup Desiccated Coconut
- ¼ cup Maple Syrup (or Honey)
- ¼ cup Coconut Oil
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- 1tbsp Water
- Pinch of Salt
- Heat maple syrup (or honey) and coconut oil. Add baking soda and water and keep stirring. Pour wet mix in to dry ingredients and then mix to combine.
- Roll mixture into cookie size balls and then press flat on to baking tray. Cook at 160 degrees for 10-15mins or until golden.