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Paleo Anzacs

paleo anzac biscuits

Ok you asked for it ! So here they are – Paleo Anzacs. The perfect cookie for gluten free diets that will satisfy that sweet cookie craving, it’s hard to stop at one. The almonds contain protein and add a lovely sweetness, and I’ve replaced butter with macadamia nut oil which contains heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats. These cookies keep for about 5 days and make the perfect snack if you’re craving something sweet and healthy.

1 cup (100 g) almond meal (ground almonds)
1 cup (100 g)  flaked almonds
1 cup (75 g) organic desiccated coconut (see notes)
1/4 (80 g) cup honey
1/4 cup (60 ml) macadamia nut oil
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 tablespoon water

Combine almond meal, flaked almonds and coconut.
Combine honey and oil into a small pot and heat gently.
Mix the bicarb and water then pour into the honey pot and mix until it starts to froth.
Pour into the dry nut ingredients and mix through until combined.  Add a little water if needed to combine which will help them stick together.
Form into 22 cookies
Bake in a low pre heated oven 120 C (248 F)  for about 30 minutes until golden.
Cool and enjoy.

Nutrition per serve:
Protein: 2 g

Total fat: 9.5 g
Saturated: 2.5 g
Carbs: 3.4 g
Fiber: 1.2 g
Calories: 105
Kilojoules: 440
NOTES: rolled quinoa can replace the coconut in this recipe.

For a more traditional Anzac cookie made with rolled oats CLICK HERE

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72 Responses to “Paleo Anzacs”
  1. Laura says:

    oh wow, these look and sound delicious.

  2. Hubby says:

    Laura as the official taste tester I can confirm they are delicious .)

  3. Peta Serras says:

    So excited to make these for my blog! you do the absolute best recipes!

  4. Jo says:

    Thank you thank you! My son was asking me to make Anzac cookies tonight and I was trying to work out how to replace the oats! Will be making these tomorrow for Anzac Day for the family! Love your recipes Teresa!!!

  5. Antia says:

    Wow these look delish, i think i know what i am going to be making tomorrow! just quickly i was wondering if you have any suggestion on a healthy brown rice pudding? All the ones in coles and woolies have sugar and all the bad things in them.. :)
    thanks x

  6. Christine says:

    Thank You! These look delicious. I have been looking for a recipe that doesn’t contain flour. I whipped up some normal ones this morning for a play date for the kids and in the process of getting the flour out of the pantry I looked lovingly at my Almond Meal and wondered if I could just subtitute. Now I don’t have to trial. Thank you once again.

  7. Kathie says:

    Should there be any problem swappingbthe coconut with quinoa flakes? Not allowed coconut :(

  8. Imka says:

    I love your recipes, I make most of them with great success!!
    I want to make these Anzacs but I’m out of bicarb soda, what can I use as a substitute?

  9. Erin Healey says:

    This look great! Its so hard to find a gluten free treat that isnt full of butter! Can I substitute the nut oils for coconut oil?

  10. Letecia says:

    Would the recipe work just as well using butter rather than the oil? Would you replace with the same volume of butter?
    Great to see a gluten free Anzac that doesn’t use rice or corn flakes!

  11. Evey says:

    Hi Teresa, absolutely love ur recipes.
    Would swapping the coconut for quinoa be fewer calories do u think?

  12. Sarah MATTHEW says:

    Hi Teresa, I made these today & they taste delicious, however they didn’t hold together very well. Any suggestions?
    Thanks

    • REALLY ! that’s strange ! I mix them together well…if a little dry add 1 tablespoon water to hold more. I scoop out with a mini ice cream scoop so I get exact amounts. Bake in a low oven.
      It’s possible that a little water added would have done the trick. I will add this to the method…thanks for letting me know.
      :)

      • Sarah Matthew says:

        Thanks Teresa, I will try this next time. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes, they are so delicious :-)

  13. Gail C says:

    These sound fabulous. Just wondered if I could substitute maple syrup for the honey, it’s temporarily off the menu…..

    Gail

  14. Lisa Ingram says:

    I couldn’t get this going on at all. Fortunately on my no-allergies-all’s-well regime (lucky me) I was able to add an egg and some oats and recovered the mixture back to something biscuitable! I think there’s a lot of variation in things called honey! Anyway we have people over tomorrow and these will be yummy despite my ineptitude! Lisa

  15. Michaela says:

    I just made a batch… SO SO TASTY! And oddly enough, still very sweet! I might reduce the amount of honey.

  16. Clare says:

    Hi Theresa, thanks for you fabulous recipes, could I substitute quinoa flakes for almond flakes( I’m out of them at the moment) ?

  17. Michelle says:

    Just made these. They’re great. Thankyou!

  18. Michelle says:

    Just put my lot in the oven, didn’t make 20 though and I had to add more water to my mix because it was very dry. Can’t wait to try them. I didn’t have any flaked almonds so I put in some sunflower seeds instead :) Looking forward to tasting them soon.

  19. Natalie says:

    My new favourite recipe, especially because my paleo friends and my vegan friends are all happy. I subbed in coconut oil, rice malt syrup, and did half coconut/half quinoa flakes, and half almond meal, half hazelnut (using up leftovers). Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  20. Elissa says:

    argh I had issues I tried rolling these with my hands the mixture was sticking everywhere and not forming nice uniform balls on the baking tray so I just plopped them in little piles. when cooked however they spread out and looked more like a anzac bikkie should which was a relief but I put them too close together so they formed one big giant biscuit hahha. i just used a knife to cut it while warm and let them cool. they smell delicious! husband will give his verdict soon, didnt have almond meal so used ground LSA and ground some almonds as didnt have flaked almonds. also used rice malt syrup instead of honey. YUMMO!

  21. Belinda says:

    Just made these using coconut oil and they were sensational. My husband commented they can’t possible be healthy as they taste far too good. Thanks for the recipe.

  22. jenn says:

    I’ve got these in the oven now. I found the mix very crumbly, so did what Allison suggested and added an egg. Fingers crossed my completely useless old oven doesn’t ruin them – they looked delicious, and I can’t wait to try them.

  23. jenn says:

    And the verdict… Delicious! Thanks!

  24. kate says:

    yum these are really tasty! i didn’t have honey or enough flaked almonds so used golden syrup and half almonds/half walnuts – but were still delish! not too sweet at all and very quick and easy! thanks teresa!

  25. Nicky says:

    Made some today and they taste delicious! I did not have any flaked almonds so left them out and added some World’s Best Cereal porridge mix for some crunch as has brown rice flakes, quinoa, rapadura sugar and cinnamon in it. Check out photos at my website. Love your site and that have gluten free options.

  26. Lola says:

    These are delicious! I used coconut oil instead of macadamia, a combo of quinoa oats and coconut, and maple syrup instead of honey and they still worked beautifully.
    Even my non-paleo boyfriend loved them. Perfect for a rainy Anzac day!!!

  27. Kate Petca says:

    Love these biscuits, they were a great succes with hubby and at work as well.
    Thank you Teresa!

  28. Wendy says:

    Brilliant Teresa, gluten free healthy biscuits that actually taste good, are good for you and don’t fall to pieces when you bite into them. My coeliac daughter (and the rest of the non-coeliac family) loved these. Thank you, your recipes are so fantastic and always work.

  29. Megan says:

    Totally delicious and one of your best recipes yet. And that’s saying something! Thanks Teresa, love, love, love your website.

  30. Bec says:

    They were delicious! Baked them for the family and everyone loved them.. thank you for helping spread the joy of healthy cooking and eating. Love your work!

  31. Beck says:

    Made these yesterday and they impressed everyone! So tasty and wholesome :-)

  32. Penny says:

    Hi Teresa,
    how many biscuits to a serve (if we make the 22 per batch)? trying to work out how many to allow myself!
    cheers
    Penny
    p.s. my hubby loves the tomato/lentil soup – it’s got enough punch that he doesn’t think the soup is rabbit food!

  33. Sarah says:

    Hi Teresa made these cookies today however I put crushed hazelnuts instead of flaked almonds and agave nectar instead of honey….and they are amazing!!! So yummy and the best is they are also healthy! Thanks for putting together some recipes that those of us who don’t want to eat wheat and sugar and all those nasty things can enjoy!

  34. Charmaine says:

    THANKYOU Teresa, need to go buy flaked almonds immediently:) My 4 year old son & I have recently gone dairy & gluten free. Your fantastic recipes have made this change not only better for our health but fun and delicious too!
    Our favourite activity is to make one of your recipes, we love them all and my son doesnt feel hes “missing out” on treats. I am so excited to be teaching him about cooking with healthy ingredients. I am so greatful to you for sharing your knowledge, it has made a huge positive impact on our health. Thankyou so much!

  35. Justine says:

    Hi Therese, I am not allowed honey (or any kind of sugar, maple etc). I am allowed to have natural apple juice concentrate as a sweetener. Could it work to substitute the honey for apple juice concentrate? Thanks for all your wonderful recipes :-)

  36. Ella says:

    I replaced the oil with butter, and added some chopped almonds since i didn´t have enough almond flakes, tastes great! Mine didn´t look like the picture, but never mind that. Left them in the oven for almost an hour, I´m curious to se if they will be to crisp once they´ve cooled. Warm they tastes very good though! Thanks for recipe.

  37. Deb says:

    I turned this into COFFE & WALNUT COOKIES, swapped the almonds for walnuts and added a double shot of coffee. WOW another fantastic healthy recipe, thanks Teresa!

  38. Lesley says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I made your Paleo fluten free version of Anzac biccies and they were yummo! I subbed the honey for coconut syrup. I still only used 2 Tbspn instead of 1/4 cup (although I’m guessing the amounts are pretty much nearly the same? haha). I added in the vanilla extract that I saw listed in other versions and added in some cinnamon as I have to be very careful with my metabolism/blood sugar due to major endocrine problems (recurring pituitary tumours in the past).
    Now I’m just waiting on the other half to come in, see what I’ve made, try them and let me know his thoughts haha!
    Thanks so much for this great recipe!
    Oh, the mix was still a little crumbly when spooning out the mixture but pressed them more flat on the tray. I checked them at the 20 min mark and pressed one to check how they were going (a bit squishy), but needed the 30 mins. Still a tiny squishy but hardened up more once cooled. :o)

  39. Thea says:

    This recipe looks delicious! I’m on a sugar-free diet right now for health reasons and was wondering if I could substitute stevia for honey ? And if so, how much? Thanks!! :)

  40. Aoife says:

    Just made these as i am gluten intolerant and am trying to be healthy at the minute. They’re amazing, really tasty, great textures too with the flakes and the coconut. This was my first attempt at your recipes, so now I’m keen to get baking more!

  41. Amanda says:

    Do I have to use flaked almonds ? I don’t have them and want to make these today, can I use crushed nuts or walnuts ?

  42. Michelle says:

    LOVE THESE!!!! First thing I’ve found that tastes somewhat ‘normal’!! So quick and easy, and they taste like real anzacs without the belly ache at the end :) Thank you!!

  43. Jodie says:

    Yum, I can’t stop eating these.

  44. I used coconut oil instead of the macadamia nut oil as that is hard to find here in the UK. I also had to add a lot of water to make the mixture stick together.

    You don’t say if they spread out so I didn’t know how far apart to place them. In the oven now so I will find out!

  45. Luiza Lira says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Is it possible to use rice malt syrup instead of honey?

    Many thanks,

    Luiza

  46. Rachel says:

    Hello!!!
    I have made the Quinoa and Chai seed gluten free bread, (just cooling currently) and i have just made these, except they have fallen apart… I followed the recipe to the T. i am trying to be really healthy.. Any tips on what I can do to make them not fall apart?

    Thanks for sharing all your great recipes! I have a ball making them!!!

    Rach

  47. Nicole says:

    I’ve got company coming on Anzac Day and I thought I might try and make these into mini tart shells and top off with some lime curd – I have a tree full of limes!
    Hopefully it will work!

  48. Margi says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I am on the candida diet at the moment was wondering can you substitute the honey for stevia and if so how much ?

    Thanks
    Margi

  49. Robyn says:

    just made the anzac biscuits and waiting now for the oven. didn’t make 20 only made 10 – i must be miss piggy!

  50. Vicki says:

    Problem solved …made 2nd batch, added more water again, so prob about 1.5 tablespoon in total. This time though, I put them in the oven and forgot them, baked for about 45 min, VERY golden but..they held together. Maybe problem with 1st batch was they were undercooked? This time tasted more like a cookie, last batch more like a macaroon. Very nice.

    Thanks Teresa. Love your recipes. Your 10 minute green stroganoff is a weekly staple in our house.

  51. Yeah! awsome Vicki…glad your cookies worked out. Baking in a low oven temp is the key and they will hold together. :)

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