Anzac Day in Australia is held on the 25th of April every year and is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and sacrifice of our Australian and New Zealand diggers. Traditionally, the focus of Anzac Day is the battle in Gallipoli in World War 1 between the ANZACS (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) and the Turkish soldiers however these days, Anzac Day also recognises those who fought in other past wars or are currently fighting for a brighter future in the War on Terror.
Anzac Cookies which are traditionally made of oats, butter, sugar and coconut symbolise this day as I believe they were often sent overseas to our diggers during World War 1 due to being simple, cheap and deliciiouussssss.
These below are a Paleo take on those traditional flavours and only use 4 ingredients also!
The texture of these cookies is the most amazing texture I have ever gotten out of a home made cookie, and to know that they are super healthy just makes them even more satisfying!
Please read the notes before baking.
Paleo Anzac Cookies
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup shredded coconut (processed to make it more fine*)
3 tbs coconut oil (melted)
2 tbs organic honey (I used Australian Organic Rainforest Honey)
1 tbs water
Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celcius.
Line baking tray with baking paper.
Combine almond meal and coconut in a bowl.
Add honey, oil and coconut oil to the bowl and mix well with hands - you will be able to feel for texture this way!
Separate the mixture into 6 and roll into balls then flatten and place on the baking tray.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until browning.
- These cookies do not expand much while baking, so you should shape them fairly close to the way you would like them to turn out before baking.
- If cooked correctly, the cookies will be a little soft when first removed - this is good as it means that once they cool, they will not be too dry and they remain soft and chewy in the centre.
- If the mixture does not roll into balls and hold together easily, add a small amount of water until they do.
*You could probably use desiccated coconut but may want to reduce the amount to 3/4 cup as the coconut may pack easier when measured if already fine.
Not only can these be eaten to celebrate Anzac Day but I look forward to experimenting with additions such as raisins and dark chocolate chips as these are a wonderful base recipe for any cookie!