Healthy Anzac Biscuits

The history of these delicious biscuits dates back to World War 1 when Mums and wives of Aussie soldiers in Europe wanted to create a biscuit that included ingredients that wouldn’t go bad too quickly.

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These loving women wanted to make sure that their dear ones would have a long-lasting nutritious snack as they travelled for weeks by sea to the front.

The humble Anzac biscuit is a delightful tasting biscuit and extremely easy to make. I’ve replaced a few of the standard ingredients to make them even more nutritious than the original.

I’ve replaced golden syrup (a by product of sugarcane refining) with maple syrup, commercial wheat flour (subjected to bleaching agents) with spelt flour and brown sugar (not really different to white sugar) with coconut sugar or rapadura sugar.

Make a batch or two of these easy biscuits to share with family and friends on Anzac day. Be sure to bake extras and keep in the freezer for lunchboxes too!

If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration, take a look at my new recipe ebook, Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes.

It’s packed with 40 delicious nut-free, refined sugar free sweet and savoury recipes which have all been kid-tested and approved!

Anzacs Keepin up with the HolsbysThanks to my friend Danielle from Keeping Up the Holsby’s for this picture of a batch she made and loved!

Anzac Biscuits

Brenda Janschek
Lunchbox friendly, nut-free,egg-free, can be dairy free by replacing butter with coconut oil
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 125 grams butter
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water from the kettle is fine
  • ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 ¼ cups spelt flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup rapadura or coconut sugar


  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees celcius or 160 degrees fan forced.
  • Grease or line oven trays.
  • Melt butter with maple syrup in small saucepan over low heat until smooth.
  • Mix flour, oats, coconut and sugar in a medium bowl.
  • Combine bicarbonate of soda and boiling water and add to saucepan and stir.
  • Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir well.
  • Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place them on baking tray/s and flatten. Space well apart.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.
  • Cool biscuits on trays.


If you make this recipe please do take photos and send them to me.

If you share them on instagram, remember to tag me @brendajanschek. Otherwise feel free to pm me your photos via Facebook. I get a total kick out of seeing you bring my recipes to life.

And remember, if you haven’t already, grab your copy of Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes here.

Other similar recipes you might like are Peanut and Choc Chip Biscuits or Ginger Snap Cookie Shapes.

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    Given Anzac day is fast approaching I thought it seemed like a fitting time to share a round up of some healthier biscuits that I have found floating around the internet incase anyone like me enjoys getting their healthy bake on! Hopefully these will inspire you to skip the biscuit jar and opt for making some healthier options instead yourself!

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