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Healthy Vegan Anzac Cookies (Sugar-free and Gluten-free)

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If you’ve been looking for an easy, healthy and tasty recipe for cookies, then let me introduce you to my gluten-free, and refined sugar-free Healthy Vegan Anzac Cookies.

Anzac Biscuits are traditionally made with rolled oats, sugar, golden syrup, butter, white flour and coconut. My healthy vegan anzac cookies, on the other hand, are made using coconut oil, nut butter and maple syrup and I must admit it’s pretty hard to stop at one.

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Why you will love these cookies

These cookies are loaded with oats. Oats are low in calories (one cup gives you only 130 calories). They provide high levels of fibre and have a high satiety index which makes you feel full for longer.[1] Studies have also shown that oats can help lower your cholesterol levels,[2] reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes[3] and increase your appetite-control hormone,[4] which helps you lose weight.

The oil in these cookies are packed with good fat. I used a mixture of coconut oil and peanut butter, but if you want, you can replace these with macadamia oil, olive oil and your favourite nut butter such as almond or cashew butter.

 

Vegan Anzac Cookies

 

Healthy Nutty Anzac Cookies
 
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A delicious healthy treat to feed the cookie monster in you.
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Gluten free, sugar free, vegan
Serves: 20 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut or coconut flakes
  • ½ cup flaked or chopped almonds
  • 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup or rice malt syrup
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 2-3 tablespoon of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • a pinch of salt
Method
  1. Add all the dry ingredients (oats, coconut, almonds and salt) into a bowl or a food processor (I use the Tefal Cuisine Companion).
  2. Add the wet ingredients (oil, peanut butter, maple syrup, water and vanilla extract) into the dry ingredients.
  3. Turn on the food processor - I use Cuisine Companion (dough attachment P7) and mix for about 15 seconds or until the mixture sticks together.
  4. Take a spoonful of mixture and form into a small ball. Place onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  5. Flatten the cookie using the back of the spoon with enough room around each cookie so the cookies don’t crowd into each other.
  6. Bake in a low 150 C (300 F) preheated oven for 20 -30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before eating.
  7. Store in an airtight container for about a week.
Notes
If you don't have a food processor or cuisine companion you can just throw everything in a bowl and use your hands to mix everything together. It will take about 10 minutes to mix everything through but the result will be so worth it.

 

References:

[1] European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 1995; 49(9): 675-90

[2] American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, August 2002; 76(2):351-8

[3] Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes, February 2008; 116(2):132-4

[4] Nutrition Research, October 2009; 29(10):705-9

7 replies
  1. Louise from Delishogram
    Louise from Delishogram says:

    Yum! Loving these!!! Anzac biscuits are such a big part of our lives and our country, great to have a healthier alternative recipe :-)

    I have recently started a food sharing site, for bloggers, and would love to have you submit your photos. Please think about popping over.

  2. Keren
    Keren says:

    Hi Louise, thanks for popping by! I love your site and would love to submit some of my recipes there.

  3. Keren
    Keren says:

    You can add another tablespoon of oil or peanut butter to make it easier to shape. You can add water but it will make it a bit soggy and take more time in the oven. It is a dry mixture, however, the more you work the mixture, the more it will come together and making it easier it is to shape. Just keep working it with your hands until they become less dry and more malleable. Let me know how you go!

  4. Circe
    Circe says:

    My mixture was also really dry but I added some chia seeds and ended up turning it into an Anzac slice- I couldn’t form mine into balls.
    The slice turned out really good. It only needed about 15 mins in the oven :-)

  5. Keren
    Keren says:

    Thanks for trying the recipe Circe! Just realised after all this time that I didn’t include water in the recipe (but mentioned it in the method). Add 2-3 tablespoon of hot water to help with the binding. Love to see your creation on Instagram, tag me so I could see :)

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