Gluten-Free Anzac Biscuits: A Vegan Recipe

Introduction: Anzac Biscuits are a delectable sweet treat known in New Zealand and Australia. This gluten-free Anzac Biscuits recipe is a modified version of the traditional Australian and Kiwi recipe, with a twist to make it suitable for those with celiac disease. These biscuits are also accidentally vegan, as they are made without butter and dairy. Learn how to effortlessly whip up this homemade snack, while discovering why they should never be called Anzac cookies!

What Are Anzac Biscuits?

Anzac biscuits originated in Australia and New Zealand and were named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). These biscuits are typically prepared using pantry staples such as flour, oats, sugar, butter, baking soda, and golden syrup, while dried shredded coconut is often added for extra flavor.

A Taste of History

Anzac biscuits gained popularity during World War I, with some sources claiming that homemade Anzac biscuits were sent to soldiers abroad due to their long shelf life. Others believe that Australians and Kiwis consumed these biscuits as a means of raising funds during the war. Irrespective of the exact historical connection, Anzac biscuits are now enjoyed on Anzac Day, observed on April 25, which commemorates the service and sacrifices of military personnel.

The Authenticity of Anzac Biscuits

The term “Anzac” is a protected term under Australian law, and its misuse can result in fines. However, there is an exception made for Anzac biscuits, provided they are never referred to as cookies. It’s considered un-Australian to do so!

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The Benefits of Vegan Anzac Biscuits

While Anzac biscuits are indulgent treats rather than nutrient-dense foods, this vegan Anzac biscuit recipe offers a few advantages:

  • Wheat-Free: These biscuits are a great option for individuals with wheat allergies, as they contain no wheat. They are also suitable for wheat-free diets, although they are not low in carbs.
  • Gluten-Free: These biscuits are perfect for individuals with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, as they are entirely gluten-free.
  • Almost Sugar-Free: Unlike traditional Anzac biscuits, this recipe uses Swerve, a 1:1 erythritol-based sugar substitute, resulting in a lower sugar content. The molasses and maple syrup still provide a small amount of added sugar.
  • Butter-Free: These Anzac biscuits are made with coconut oil instead of butter. This swap not only adds a delightful coconut flavor but also makes the recipe vegan-friendly.
  • Delicious: Ultimately, we enjoy biscuits not only for their nutritional content but also for their taste. These crispy Anzac biscuits undeniably deliver on that front!


To make these gluten-free Anzac biscuits, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Dry (old fashioned) rolled oats
  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour
  • Unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • Granular Swerve (erythritol-based sugar substitute)
  • Melted coconut oil
  • Maple syrup and light molasses (substitutes for golden syrup)
  • Baking soda
  • Dried ginger (optional)

Please note that if you require a gluten-free recipe, be sure to choose certified gluten-free oats. Although oats are naturally gluten-free, they can become contaminated during processing. While some recipes suggest using quinoa flakes as an alternative to oats, we haven’t tested this substitution.


To successfully execute this recipe, you will need the following:

  • Large dark baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Small saucepan
  • Oven
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How to Make Gluten-Free Anzac Biscuits

Now, let’s get to the heart of it – the recipe itself! Making gluten-free Anzac biscuits is an easy and enjoyable process. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, flour, ginger (if desired), coconut, and Swerve. Set this mixture aside.
  2. Using a small pan over medium-low heat, melt the coconut oil. Whisk in the molasses and maple syrup.
  3. Add the baking soda to the mixture in the pan and whisk it in. You’ll notice it foaming up and doubling in size. Quickly remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  4. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together until you achieve a cohesive mixture. You shouldn’t need to add any additional water.
  5. Line a large, dark baking sheet with parchment paper. With clean hands, roll about 2 tablespoons (or ⅛ of the dough) into a ball.
  6. Firmly flatten the dough between your hands and place it on the lined baking sheet. Adjust the thickness of the dough rounds according to your preference – thicker for chewy biscuits, or thinner for a crispier texture. Repeat this process with the remaining dough, ensuring you leave enough space between the biscuits on the sheet as they will spread while baking.
  7. We’re ready to bake! Place the baking sheet in the top third of the oven and bake the vegan Anzac biscuits at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175C) for a total of 7-8 minutes. Keep in mind that the biscuits will be very soft when removed from the oven. Allow them to cool at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before indulging. As they cool, they will become crispier.
  8. Crunchy Anzac biscuits can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week. However, we can’t promise they’ll last that long as they’re incredibly tempting!
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Expert Tips from a Dietitian

As much as we love these delicious Anzac biscuits, it’s important to remember that they’re still a snack food rather than a nutritious meal. Here are some tips:

  • Portion Control: With their irresistible combination of sweetness and a rich mouthfeel, it’s hard not to overindulge in these biscuits. If you find it challenging to resist the temptation, consider freezing the leftover biscuits or limiting your baking activities.
  • Recipe Size: This recipe yields 8 Anzac biscuits. If you live alone, freezing the leftovers will prevent you from succumbing to the temptation.
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If you’re interested in exploring more vegan and gluten-free recipes, you might enjoy these options:

  • Vegan Banana Cookies
  • Air Fryer Granola Recipe
  • Nut-Free Trail Mix

The Disclaimer

Please note that while we strive to provide recipes suitable for different needs and preferences, consulting with a registered dietitian or physician is essential for determining the best dietary pattern for you. The nutrition information provided is an estimate and may vary depending on specific brands and ingredients used. Calorie information on food labels may also be inaccurate, so don’t stress too much about the numbers.

For more information on how recipe levels can assist with weight management goals, check out our overnight oats no sugar post. It’s time to start baking!

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