Given Anzac Day is almost upon us, it would be remiss of me not to make some Anzac biscuits.

It is believed that Anzac biscuits got their name because wives of soldiers fighting in the war would send these biscuits overseas to their loved ones, due to the ingredients in the biscuits having a long shelf life and travelling well on the sea.

The traditional ingredients include oats, flour, sugar and butter. Whilst there are many health benefits associated with oats, flour, butter and sugar are a different story. So I decided to ‘healthify’ them a little bit without compromising the taste too much. Other than the golden syrup, I have omitted the sugar and replaced it with bananas, using the natural sweetness from the fruit to sweeten the biscuit.This does leave the biscuits a little softer than the traditional biscuit, and not as over poweringly sweet. In fact each biscuit has only 4g of sugar in it. I have also swapped out most of the plain flour for wholemeal and almond meal to increase the fibre and add some healthy fats. Traditional butter has also been replaced with a neutral plant oil to decrease the saturated fat content.

You will need

1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup plain flour
¼ cup almond meal
¼ cup wholemeal flour
½ cup desiccated coconut
2 Tbsp golden syrup
¼ cup rice bran oil
1 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp water
2 medium sized bananas

What you need to do

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C and line 1-2 baking trays. Combine the flours, oats and coconut in a bowl and mix until combined. Mash the bananas and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl combine the oil, golden syrup and water and mix. Microwave for 20ish seconds. Add in the baking soda and mix well (it should foam a little).
Pour the wet ingredients including the banana into the dry ingredients and mix well.
Add small spoonfuls onto your lined baking tray and flatten a little with a fork. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Cool and enjoy!

A couple of these would make a great breakfast alternative too!

So enjoy your day off, but let’s also remember why we now enjoy this day off – due to the sacrifice of those brave young men before us. Lest we forget

Nutrition information for one biscuit

Serves: 1 Calories: 113 Carbs: 11g Protein: 2g Fat: 7g
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