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Crunchy Healthy Anzac Biscuits

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These Crunchy Healthy Anzac Biscuits are a tasty variation of traditional Anzac biscuits, made with wholesome ingredients like oats, rice malt syrup, and coconut sugar, providing a delicious and guilt-free indulgence.

Healthy Anzac biscuits stacked on top of each other.

Skip the store-bought biscuits and whip up a batch of healthy and crunchy Anzac biscuits in your own kitchen, just like my easy Anzac Slice.

Anzac biscuits have a rich history dating back to World War I.

The biscuits were sent by the wives and families of Australian and New Zealand soldiers serving overseas as a way to provide a tasty and nutritious treat that could withstand the long journey.

Overhead close-up of one Anzac biscuits sitting on more biscuits.

Anzac biscuits are now a beloved treat in both countries and around the world.

Furthermore, the best part? Like my homemade Arnotts cream Kingstons, you can make a healthier version of this classic treat in your own kitchen.

You’ll get to enjoy a delicious snack that pays homage to a rich history, all while nourishing your body with wholesome ingredients.

🍪 Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Healthier ingredients.
  • Quick and easy.
  • Crunchy and crisp.
  • Only 7-ingredients.
  • Lunch-box friendly.
A bite taken out of one Anzac biscuits stacked on top of others.

☕ Serving Suggestions

Enjoy your crunchy Anzac biscuits alone as a quick healthy snack or try these delicious serving suggestions:

  • Tea, coffee or hot chocolate: Anzac biscuits are traditionally served with a cup of tea or coffee, making them a perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack.
  • Top with yogurt and fruit: For a healthier breakfast option, enjoy a couple of Anzac biscuits topped with yogurt and fresh fruit. This is a delicious and satisfying way to start your day.
  • Sandwich with nut butter: Spread nut butter between two Anzac biscuits for a quick and easy snack that’s high in protein and healthy fats.
  • Dip in chocolate: Dip half of each biscuit in melted dark chocolate for a decadent treat that’s still healthy.
  • Make ice cream sandwiches: Sandwich vanilla ice cream between two Anzac biscuits for a fun and delicious dessert that’s sure to please.
  • Crumble on top of yogurt or oatmeal: Crumble a few biscuits over a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal for added texture and flavor.
  • Pack in a lunch box: Anzac biscuits make a great addition to a lunch box. They are portable, filling, and can be enjoyed on the go.

📋 Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

Ingredients to make healthy anzac biscuits are all-purpose flour, rice malt syrup, old-fashioned rolled oats, salted butter, coconut sugar, desiccated coconut and baking soda.
  • Desiccated coconut: is also known as finely shredded coconut. Do not substitute with coconut flakes or bigger shredded coconut.
  • Old-fashioned rolled oats: which are whole rolled oats. This recipe has not been tested using quick oats, steel-cut oats, or instant oats.
  • Coconut sugar: can be substituted with regular light brown sugar. Keep in mind your biscuits will have a softer/chewier texture if you use brown sugar.
  • Salted butter: can be substituted with unsalted butter, just add a pinch of fine salt/Kosher salt to the recipe.
  • Rice malt syrup: great replacement for golden syrup. Can be substituted with the same quantity of maple syrup or honey. Keep in mind your Anzac biscuits will be sweeter if you use these.
  • Baking soda: Do not substitute this for baking powder.

🥣 Step By Step Instructions (with photos)

There is a full and detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step one: In a large mixing bowl, add flour, oats, coconut and sugar. Mix well to combine with a wooden spoon.

Mixing together the dry ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.

Step two: In a small pot, combine butter and syrup over low-medium heat. Stirring occasionally. Heat until the butter has completely melted.

Melting butter and rice malt syrup in small pot.

Step three: Turn off the heat and immediately add baking soda, giving it a quick stir to combine. It will froth up.

Stirring through baking soda until frothy.

Step four: Immediately pour into the dry mixture. Mix until well combined.

Pouring frothy liquid mixture into dry mixture to create dough.

Step five: Scoop one heaped tablespoon of mixture and roll it into a ball. Place on the lined tray and press down firmly using the palm of your hand to flatten it into a round biscuit.

Be gentle as they can crumble easily. Repeat with the remaining mixture. 

Step six: Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden and crisp. Remove from oven and cool on the tray for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve and enjoy! 

Biscuits formed on baking sheet.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Add baking soda immediately: after turning the heat off the pot with the melted butter and syrup, stir through the baking soda while the mixture is still hot.
  • Pour the frothy mixture into the dry ingredients immediately: straight after you stir through the baking soda, pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and combine.
  • Use parchment paper: Use parchment paper to line your baking tray, as this will prevent the biscuits from sticking and make clean-up a breeze.
  • Flatten the biscuits: Flatten the biscuits slightly before baking to ensure they cook evenly and have a crispy texture.
  • Longer bake time for crisp and crunchy biscuits: Bake your Anzac biscuits for the full time for the ultimate crunchy and crisp Anzac biscuit.
Healthy Anzac Biscuits on plate with cup of tea behind.

⏲️ Storage Instructions

Store Anzac biscuits in an airtight container, at room temperature for 1 week.

Freeze Anzac biscuits by making sure they have cooled completely and place them in a single layer in the sealed container or zip-lock bag.

Separate layers with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together. Label with the name and date. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Thaw frozen biscuits on your kitchen counter for several hours or in the fridge overnight until defrosted.

Healthy Anzac biscuits sitting on a white plate.

💬 Recipe FAQ’s

What can I use instead of rice malt syrup?

You can also use honey or maple syrup, using the same quantity which is 1/3 cup (115g).

Can I use golden syrup instead of rice malt syrup?

Yes! Simply substitute the rice malt syrup for the same quantity of golden syrup.

How do I make these Anzac biscuits gluten-free?

You can try using a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend perfect for baking, such as a 1:1 flour blend. Although I haven’t tested this recipe myself using gluten-free flour.

Can I make this dairy-free?

Try swapping the butter for a block of dairy-free butter using the same quantity. Keep in mind I have not tested this recipe using these dairy-free substitutions.

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A stack of crunchy Anzac biscuits.

Crunchy Healthy Anzac Biscuits

Samantha Pickthall
These Crunchy Healthy Anzac Biscuits are a tasty variation of traditional Anzac biscuits, made with wholesome ingredients. A delicious and guilt-free indulgence!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Australian
Servings 18 Biscuits
Calories 151 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 1/4 cups (190g) all-purpose flour, scooped & leveled
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 100 g salted butter
  • 1/3 cup rice malt syrup
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 160ºC (320ºF). Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour, oats, coconut and sugar. Mix well to combine with a wooden spoon.
  • In a small pot, combine butter and syrup over low-medium heat. Stirring occasionally.
  • Heat until butter has completely melted. Turn off heat.
  • Immediately sprinkle over baking soda, giving it a quick stir to combine.
  • Immediately pour into the dry mixture. Mix until well combined.
  • Scoop one heaped tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball.
  • Place on lined tray and press down firmly using the palm of your hand to flatten it into a round biscuit. Be gentle as they can crumble easily. Repeat with remaining mixture. NOTE: biscuits don’t spread much, only puff up slightly. Leave a small gap between each.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden and crisp.
  • Remove from oven and cool on tray for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Add baking soda immediately: after turning the heat off the pot with the melted butter and syrup, stir through the baking soda while the mixture is still hot.
 
  • Pour the frothy mixture into the dry ingredients immediately: straight after you stir through the baking soda, pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and combine.
 
  • Store Anzac biscuits in an airtight container, at room temperature for 1 week.
 
  • Freeze Anzac biscuits by making sure they have cooled completely and placing them in a single layer in the sealed container or zip-lock bag. Separate layers with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together. Label with the name and date. Freeze for up to 3 months.
 
  • Thaw frozen biscuits on your kitchen counter for several hours or in the fridge overnight until defrosted.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 139IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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