Sunday, July 24, 2011

No Butter ANZAC biscuits

Ok these biscuits I made really cannot be called ANZAC biscuits, the traditional Aussie biscuits made from rolled oats, flour, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, bicarbonate of soda and boiling water. Its thought that the wives and mothers left at home during World War I baked these biscuits for the soldiers because the ingredients didn't spoil easily and transported well. The absence of eggs in the recipe is because eggs were scarce during that time. ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Anyway I started with the traditional recipe but in the interest of making them healthier came up with a different biscuit. I am calling them...

Date Biscuits

1 cup atta flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/4 cup sugar (reduced from 1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1/2 teaspoon ground spice (ie cinnamon)
1/2 cup chopped dates (added for taste and sweetness)
3/4 cup vegetable oil

To Make
Mix dry ingredients together with dates in a bowl. Add oil and combine with water as needed to make a moist dough. Form into balls and press out onto a greased baking tray. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes at 180C.

The dates add a lot of taste to them but I did find that they were quite dry. These biscuits would last well traveling months at sea. Go well with a cup of hot chai!

Both kids said they were yum! We went through them in about 2 days. The hubby reckoned he needed a lot of coffee to wash them down.

Healthy but do miss all that butter and sugar that's found in the traditional recipe.

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  1. Wow! I like the addition of dates to cookies!

  2. i cooked some what similar cookies yesterday.Yours is the addition of dates!!!!!Yummy.

  3. No sugar and butter...Great recipe. Liked the addition of dates.

  4. cute recipe,,must have been fun involving kids...

  5. Healthy and delicious cookies No wonder you family enjoyed it :)

  6. Cookies look healthy & delicious.

  7. Nice biscuits...
    Loved the addition of dates
    Happy Blogging

  8. Hey Jane,
    I was looking around for no butter cookies when I stubmled upon urs. lovely recipes, and beautiful kids :-)
    Currently hosting - CFE

  9. Thanks Jane, I will give it a go, just what I was looking for :)

  10. Hi Jane, I just made your recipe with a slight variantion, I substituted Cadommon instead of Cinnamon and added more oats and coconut to the recipe Mmmm very nice, thanks Jane, now I can start making these butterless biscuits for future functions:) Yasmin