Anzac Biscuit

The perfect high energy snack for Dairy Free and Nut Free diets and Vegans and Vegetarians.

As I started to collect recipes for this website, it was the family favourites that first sprung to mind. These sweet, oat biscuits, similar to the commercial granola and ‘health’ bars, were a part of packed lunches and picnics. They are simple to make, and the perfect introduction to cooking with children who usually want an immediate sweet result.

The name supposedly originates from WW1 when these biscuits were shipped to soldiers abroad. They are not a delicate biscuit so survived the long travel.

Our family recipe required a few ‘tweeks’ to make it suitable to a variety of diets. Most significantly I substituted the butter for coconut oil (a solid fat) so the biscuits retain their texture and this added to the subtle coconut flavour.

Diets for which Anzac Biscuits are suitable:

Dairy Free, Nut Free Vegetarian and Vegan.


Preparation: 10 mins | Cooking time: 12 mins | Serves: 16-20

150gm (1 cup) plain flour
90gm (1 cup) rolled oats
60gm (1/4 cup) castor sugar
60gm (1/4 cup) brown sugar
80gm (1 cup) desiccated coconut
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp golden syrup
130gm (2/3cup) coconut oil*
2 tbsp boiling water
dried fruit (optional)**


PREHEAT oven to 180 C/350 F/4 Gas
SIFT flour and mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
MELT coconut oil (now measure the 2/3 cup if not weighing) and add the golden syrup to warm slightly.
MIX the bicarbonate of soda in the boiling water and add to the oil mix. (I suggest use 1 tbsp water and add more if required).
POUR liquid mix into the dry ingredients and combined (add more water as required)
ROLL into small balls, I make them less than a tablespoon in size.
PLACE on baking tray and flatten slightly with the back of a fork.
BAKE for 12 minutes or until golden brown.


– Good in any lunch box.


*Substitute any vegetable shortening for vegan or dairy free diets and butter for nut free and vegetarians.
**Add small quantity of chopped dried fruit, nuts, or crystallised ginger for variety. Ensure the mixture still holds together, you may need adjust quantity of liquid.

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