ANZAC biscuits are a household favourite any time of the year. If you are looking for healthy ANZAC biscuits to treat your family more often and not just on the 25th April, try my new recipe.
So what makes these healthy ANZAC Biscuits?
I have added one secret ingredient to up the nutrients and substituted other typical ANZAC biscuit ingredients for more healthy alternatives.
Let’s be honest, we still want them to taste like real ANZAC cookies and not something totally different! Got the thumbs up from my harshest critics (my kids) so apparently, these still fall under the category of actual ANZAC biscuits!
Maca is an additional ingredient in my ANZAC biscuit recipe to offer extra nutrients and possible health benefits.
- Maca is a Peruvian plant root vegetable that is rich in nutrients, including iron, potassium and calcium, a good source of protein, and high in all-natural carbohydrates.
- Amongst other benefits, maca has also been shown to boost energy, including a positive impact on strength and endurance in athletes. 1
I have replaced the typical refined white sugar ingredient with organic honey in this recipe.
- Organic honey provides an all natural sweetener to this biscuit, with some health benefits from its antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
- For athletes, honey has also been shown in studies to be an effective source of carbohydrates for endurance athletes. 2 3
Pure Maple Syrup
Another healthier substitute I have used is pure maple syrup instead of the traditionally used golden syrup.
- Golden syrup is made from processed sugar turned into a syrup with similar properties to refined white sugar.
- Maple syrup is produced by boiling the sap from a maple tree. It typically has lower GI than golden syrup. Maple syrup is high in manganese and zinc, a source of vitamins.
- Beware the variation of maple syrups on the market and avoid those with nasty additives. It’s better to look out for the real thing – you want to look for 100% pure maple syrup.
I have also used wholemeal flour in this recipe. It offers more nutrients and is higher in fibre than plain white flour which has been heavily processed.
Healthy ANZAC Biscuits Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
- 3/4 cup wholemeal flour
- 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 2 tablespoons Seleno Health 100% Organic and Fair Choice Maca
- 1/2 cup Biosota Organics Honey
- 125g butter or 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- Firstly, preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
- Combine oats, flour, coconut and maca.
- Melt butter/coconut oil, honey and maple syrup gently over the stove. Bring up to the boil until mixture is just bubbling and frothing then take off the heat. (If you like a more caramelised taste, take the heat a bit further. This makes a real difference to the flavour of the cookies but be careful not to burn the butter mixture).
- Mix the bicarb soda and hot water together and quickly add to the butter mixture. (It will foam up even more!)
- Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Form small balls of the mixture, flatten and place on a lined baking tray. Allow room for spreading.
- Finally, bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until golden brown.
This mixture makes around 15 medium sized biscuits – or if you like larger ones, it makes a batch of 8. Enjoy!
*Active + Nourished received a sample of Seleno Health Organic Maca to review. A sample of Biosota Honey was also received on a previous occasion in regard to a different Instagram post that was sponsored. All comments expressed are my own views. For further information please refer to our Disclosure Policy.
- Stone et al, 2009 Dec 10, “A pilot investigation into the effect of maca supplementation on physical activity and sexual desire in sportsmen” J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Dec 10;126(3):574-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2009.09.012. Epub 2009 Sep 23. ↩
- Richard B. Kreider et al, 2002 “Honey: An Alternative Sports Gel” National Strength & Conditioning Association Volume 24, Number 1, pages 50–51 ↩
- S Lancaster et al, 2001 “Effects of honey supplementation on glucose, insulin and endurance cycling performance” FASEB J. 15:LB315 ↩