Vegan Macadamia ANZAC Biscuits

[ingredients title=”Ingredients for Biscuits”]

  • 2.4 cups wholemeal flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1.5 cups desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup golden syrup
  • 300g Nuttlex or Tablelands Dairy Free margarine
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda

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[ingredients title=”Garnishes”]

  • 15-20 Macadamias cut in half
  • 200g vegan dark chocolate (homebrand dark cooking chocolate works)
  • 1 tbs coconut or olive oil

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[directions title=”Directions”]

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Stir dry ingredients except bi-carb in a large bowl. Melt syrup and butter over stove or in microwave for 45 seconds or until melted. Add bi-carb.
  2. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until combined. Prepare two lined trays (or one tray at a time). Roll handfuls of mixture and lightly press down on baking tray. Place a half macadamia in each one. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until just turning brown.
  3. Remove from oven and leave for half an hour. Meanwhile, melt chocolate over a double boiler or in microwave for about a minute. Stir in oil and then drizzle over biscuits.

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This morning I had the privilege of attending the ANZAC Day dawn service on Townsville’s Army Base.

There are not many days you would appreciate the alarm going off at 3.15am but today was an acceptation. With my partner in the army, we had to be at base by 4.30am. Being around hundreds of men in suits wearing their medals with pride, it was a deeper ANZAC Day experience than other services I had experienced.

In the words of the Commanding Officer, Anzac Day is not a celebration, but a commemoration of the thousands of soldiers who fought and died in the war.

Something that kept the soldiers comforted during these hard times was the ANZAC Biscuit.

History tells stories of the biscuit as being an easily transported source of nutrition for the soldiers that would not easily spoil. This is why the original recipe does not contain eggs and butter.

In traditional Jade Walker vegan fashion, I could not stop at the simple ANZAC biscuit recipe (although a good ANZAC biscuits is as good as any other biscuit). Each of these biscuits have a yummy roasted macadamia pressed in the top and drizzled with chocolate. Of course you can just make the biscuit recipe if you like.

Enjoy these mouthfuls of history and ‘Lest We Forget’.

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