Anzac Day has now been and gone.
There are a lot of rules when it comes to anything traditional, or more specifically: when it comes to making Anzac biscuits [Note: one rule is that they are biscuits and not cookies]. Many would tell you there is only one way to create an ANZAC biscuit, although the amounts used in the recipe vary between families. The usual recipe would be: 1 cup sugar + 1 cup rolled oats + 3/4 cup desiccated coconut + 1 cup plain flour + 125g melted butter + 2 TB golden syrup + 1/2 tsp bicarb + 3 TB warm water. The reason is so the biscuits were able to be made and kept in relatively good condition until the men on the war-front received them.
Thankfully, we aren’t at war now, and my partner can eat his fresh from the oven without needing to receive a bundle weeks later. I’m very grateful for that.
And as we are able to eat fresh and vegan food, I am completely fine with trying a healthier recipe. It’s what freedom is all about, right? And as I ate, I though that an ANZAC biscuit would make a beautiful base to a Banoffee Pie. Happily, this pie turned out so well my partner has requested more to be made tonight as a special treat. The following recipe is a version of healthy, vegan ANZACs. It is a slightly modified version of the recipe at everydaysimplehealth.wordpress.com
|The second time I made these, I added in some chopped dates,
so these here aren’t really Anzac biscuits, per se.
To make the Anzac biscuits, or to make the base for 4 small 10cm Banoffee Pies:
Ingredients (For Anzacs)
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup oat flour
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 TB coconut oil
2 TB applesauce
2 TB applesauce
1 TB rice malt syrup
1 TB molasses
1 tsp baking powder
2-4 TB warm water
Mix everything together and shape into balls*. Press onto a cookie sheet and bake at 180*C for around 15 minutes. The time cooked depends upon whether you want the biscuits to be soft or crunchy.
Allow to cool on a wire rack.
*If making the pie, you would press the dough into small tart tins and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
To make the pie
I blended together 2-3 dates with a small amount of milk. Pour over the cooled biscuit base. I then blended a banana and poured over the top. I served with a smattering of chocolate shavings.
I guess the final question is: do you like yours soft or crunchy?