Hemp Seed Anzac Biscuits (Paleo, Gluten-free)
Made with protein-rich, healthy fats filled hemp seeds, these paleo Anzac biscuits are as good as the originals minus the grains and dairy. Perfect as a nutritious treat or a snack! These are gluten-free, vegan-friendly.
While I’m not a huge cookie eater, I do have a soft spot for Anzac biscuits. Slightly chewy, nutty and almost toffee tasting, the Anzac biscuits are very popular in Australia and New Zealand and are sometimes called the rolled oat biscuits.
Back in the day, these biscuits were used for fund-raising to support the military and are now commercially manufactured and enjoyed as an everyday cookie.
WHAT’S IN THE ANZAC BISCUITS
In a traditional recipe, the key ingredients in an Anzac biscuit are rolled oats, flour, sugar, butter, golden syrup, and desiccated coconut (optional). They’re pretty sweet and buttery, and certainly not something to be indulged in on a daily basis.
I wanted to make a slightly healthier version using paleo-friendly ingredients, including hemp seeds, which have a lovely nutty flavour and are full of fibre, plant-based protein and healthy fats. I thought they would work really well in place of oats and would give the biscuits a lovely texture too.
HERE IS HOW TO MAKE PALEO ANZAC BISCUITS
You only a handful of ingredients and less than 15 minutes in the oven, so these are great to whip up if you’re short on time and need something baked for guests or a party.
I like to use almond flakes for texture and flavour but you can make a nut-free version with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead. You can also reduce the amount of maple syrup used or replace it with honey or coconut syrup, although I think that the maple syrup will keep the flavour more true to the original.
Do note, they still contain a fair bit of maple syrup (1/4 of a cup for the whole batch) and are a sweet treat, so consume mindfully. Having said that, there are worse things to eat, right.
Once you’ve mixed the dry and wet ingredients together, make sure to shape the biscuits into small circled and to leave enough space around each cookie on the baking sheet as they will spread out and flatten during baking.
Let the biscuits cool slightly and then store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Finished product! These were lovely and crunchy on the outside with a slightly soft centre. The flavour was really lovely and quite similar to the real Anzac biscuits but not as sickly sweet. And of course, you get the health benefits of the hemp seeds!
MORE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE
- Low-Carb Golden Cookies (Gluten-Free)
- Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Paleo Cookies
- Macadamia Chocolate Cookies
- Best Paleo Muffins
cutlery cutlery icon
folder folder icon
instagram instagram icon
pinterest pinterest icon
print print icon
squares squares icon
Hemp Seed Anzac Biscuits (Paleo, Gluten-free)
- Author: Irena Macri
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 12 mins
- Total Time: 27 mins
- Yield: 10 biscuits 1 x
- Category: Cookies
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Australian
These gluten-free, paleo Anzac biscuits are made with protein-rich hemps seeds, almonds and maple syrup for that unfortable sweet and slightly chewy cookie experience.
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds (I like this brand)
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened, like this)
- 1/2 cup almond flakes/silvered almonds
- 1/2 cup cassava/tapioca flour (I like Otto’s Cassava flour)
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (can be less)
- Preheat the oven to 170 C / 335-338 F.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl: hemp seeds, coconut, almonds and cassava flour.
- Add the melted coconut oil and maple syrup and mix through really well. The mixture should be thick and sticky.
- Line a flat baking sheet with parchment/baking paper and grease with some coconut oil.
- Shape the mixture into small, round biscuits and place on the sheet, allowing some space between each cookie. You can use a spoon and your hands (wetting them in between batches). When baking, the biscuits will spread and flatten, so they need that space around them.
- Place in the oven, middle shelf, for 12 minutes. Keep an eye on them at a 10-minute mark, to make they don’t burn. They should be golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet for 5-10 minutes.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to a week or so (longer in the fridge).
Did you make this recipe?
Tag @irenamacri on Instagram and hashtag it #foodfitforlife
SAVE THESE PALEO ANZAC BISCUITS TO PINTEREST
- Vegetarian »
- Recipes »
- Paleo Desserts »
- Treats & Desserts »
- Paleo Snacks »
- Paleo Baking Recipes »
- Healthy Baking Recipes »
April 15, 2018
- « Hemp Seeds: Nutrition, Benefits & Recipes
- Can You Eat Green Peas On The Paleo Diet? »
BY IRENA MACRI
About the author: I share tasty recipes, tips, and meal plans to help you get healthier and lose weight. I am a qualified nutrition coach with an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Weight Management. More about me here.
PS. Some posts contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission for purchases made through these links.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply
I absolutely love hemp seeds, and this looks like an amazing recipe!
Such a great idea to make biscuits with hemp seeds! This looks so delicious and I love all the different textures.
I’ve never made anything with hemp seed before – this looks awesome!
Love this! I would totally eat one with my tea in the afternoon! Thank you!
Hi Irene, How do you get your recommended brand of Hemp seeds from Amazon if you are in Australia. Amozon does not ship to Australia.
I am an Aussie but I actually live in London at the moment (well right now I am travelling in Spain) and I have 50% of my audience in the U.S. so Amazon is the easiest online link to provide (it also takes my UK and Canada readers to their country’s Amazon stores). I thought my Aussie readers would easily be able to Google where to get hemp seeds there, but I will find a link for my preferred store in down under and add it to the post. Appreciate your feedback!
These are so pretty! I love the simplicity of this recipe. Yum!
Thanks so much, Melissa.
These remind me of a type of tea cake made with sesame seeds in Asia. I have fond memory of them ! I can’t wait to try these biscuits ! YUM !
I think I know the one you mean, ChihYu. I love sesame seed flavour and this does remind of those.
Such a creative idea for using hemp seeds! Lovely.
I’ve never seed cookies with hemp seeds! Love this idea.
YUM! These look great. Can’t wait to try them.
I’ve never had Anzac biscuits before, but the texture of these looks really good, and perfect for dipping into soup!
Seems like there is too much coconut oil in the recipe. I followed it to the letter and they were very oily and took 25 minutes to cook. Typo maybe?
Just checked and the ingredients amounts and the timings are as I made them. I’ve seen pics of others making these and they turned out fine but troubleshooting it in my head …it could be that the oven temperatures can differ and sometimes people don’t preheat it enough before starting to bake…maybe that’s the cause? Mine would have been burnt after more than 15 minutes, so not sure what’s going on there. Oil wise, I didn’t think they were too oily, but it might be a personal preference as well. You could definitely try adding less, I was afraid they would come out too dry.
Sorry, didn’t realise it would automatically rate one star, delete the last comment please. I was just mentioning Lisa above may have used fractionated coconut oil which is liquid at room temperature. Looks tasty! Could I sub normal flour or coconut flour for the cassava/tapioca?
Yes, you can definitely use any flour here. If using coconut flour, use less than stated as it’s pretty moisture hungry and might make things a little dry if used too much.
So…okay. Okay, okay.
I’ve made three batches of this, two of which are variations, and I just…I…oh, sweet, merciful LORD. I’ve also eaten a good third of all three batches. Yeah. I’m not exaggerating.
These are just…I was so surprised.
So, the original recipe is DA BOMB DOT COM. I actually made really tiny tiny ones, and they were ADORABLE. I used sugar-free maple syrup and added a little pretentious crack of Himalayan salt, and I…oh, my. They blew me away! Truly! Crunchy-crispy on the outside, chunky-chewy on the inside. Truly wonderful.
I also made two variants: cacao-orange and vanilla-goji. For the cacao orange, I replaced the shredded coconut with cacoa powder and 2 tsp chia seeds, added the zest and juice of a tangelo + orange, and swapped the almonds for hazelnuts.
For the vanilla-goji, I replaced the almonds with goji berries and replaced the tapioca with vanilla protein powder.
…I’m sorry, I hope this doesn’t look like I’m bellowing “OH LOOK HOW I IMPROVED THIS” because that’s not what I intended – I just got so enthusiastic with the original, and I was so completely surprised at the texture alone!
Irena, as a fellow Aussie, let me just say, “Onya, tiger!”
For everyone else, there’s Mastercar–I mean, GO MAKE THESE IMMEDIATELY! GO! GO GO GO! GO!
p.s. Aussies looking for hemp seeds – ALDI! I’m serious!
Thank you so much and I think you – hands down – win the best comment of the month award. I love all those variations too.
ALSO – anyone having issues with the amount of coconut oil in this – I found the same thing, and you can try two solutions – both worked for me.
1. Refrigerate the dough BEFORE you roll out the cookies. Once you’ve baked them, as SOON as you take them out of the oven, plonk them straight onto a cooling rack that you’ve put paper towel over – the excess oil will absorb REALLY quickly into the paper towel (pro tip: also gently press some paper towel over the top)
2. Reduce the amount of coconut oil to 1/4 cup, add a couple of tablespoons of milk of choice, AND up the tapioca by an extra tablespoon or so, OR a little protein powder.
could you make these with coconut flour ?
I would say yes but I am not sure how that might affect the texture. One main thing to consider is that coconut flour takes in a lot of the moisture so you need to use half the amount.
Good morning. I just got this in my email and I’m intrigued! They look very good and I’m interested in trying them. Just a question…is there a substitute for the maple syrup? Splenda or Truvia or something like that? Thanks for your help!
Hey Polly. The natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey gets sticky during baking and then hardens when cooled and it helps to keep the cookies together (that and the egg). I’ve not tried with artificial/zero-carb sugar replacements so not sure if they would bind the mixture during baking in the same way. You could try making a smaller batch and see how they turn out.
Hi Irena, I made these last year and they are delicious. Will be making them again for this ANZAC Day. Just to let you know that I just tried to print the recipe using your button and it came up with an error. Cheers Karen
Thanks, Karen. Glad you liked them. I’ll check out the Print button issue.
Made with protein-rich, healthy fats filled hemp seeds, these paleo Anzac biscuits are as good as the originals minus the grains and dairy.
Keto Oatmeal Cookies… With a Secret Ingredient!
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on SMS (Opens in new window)
Keto Oatmeal Cookies
yield: 24 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 15 MINUTES
total time: 25 MINUTES
- 1 cup almond flour, super fine
- 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds (a.k.a. hemp hearts)
- 3/4 cup finely diced walnuts (I buy Diamond, finely-diced)
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup keto-friendly sweetener (check the post for sweetener suggestions)
- 8 tablespoons (4 oz.) butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients: almond flour, hemp seeds, walnuts, flax meal, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, using an electric hand mixer, cream together sweetener of choice, softened butter, egg, and vanilla.
Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Using a hand mixer on low speed or a wooden spoon, gently combine ingredients until well blended.
Using a tablespoon-sized scoop, drop cookie dough onto lined baking sheet.
- For allulose, be sure that you leave at least 3 inches between dropped cookie dough as the dough will spread as it cooks.
- For erythritol, you must flatten the dough prior to baking as it will not spread on its own. Press down with your thumb or a fork until dough is 2-3 inches in diameter (about 1/2 inch thick).
Place cookies in a preheated oven.
- For allulose: Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
- For erythritol: Bake for 15 minutes.
Once cooked, wait at least 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cookie texture is best when cooled completely.
- For allulose: I prefer storing these cookies in the refrigerator. Although counter storage is fine, I feel the texture is best right out of the fridge.
- For erythritol: Store at room temperature.
Yield: 24 servings, Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110, Total Carbohydrates: 7g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar Alcohols: 5g, Net Carbohydrates: 1g, Total Fat: 10g, Protein: 3g
Our keto oatmeal cookies recipe is wholesome, sweet, & hard to beat!
I’ve always been a big fan of oatmeal cookies, especially when they’re soft, chewy, and filled with warm and cozy feels. If I could, I’d wrap myself in an oatmeal cookie. And then I’d happily eat my way out of it! 😋
Fortunately, these keto oatmeal cookies are just as good as traditional… with a colossal amount of health benefits to boot! Oh, and did I mention that they’re ONLY 1 NET CARB per serving?!
What’s the secret ingredient that we’re using in place of high carb oatmeal?! Hemp Seeds! 🙌
Here’s a little Hemp Seed 101.
Hemp seeds, aka hemp hearts, are the seeds of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa . Yes, they come from the same species as cannabis (marijuana), BUT they are a different variety. That being said, they can’t get you high but they can get you HEALTHY!
Hemp seeds are remarkably nutritious with lots of healthy fat, ample protein, and numerous minerals. Considered a nut, hemp seeds have a mild and nutty taste. They are loaded with fat – over 30%! And, they are exceptionally rich in two super crucial fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). Hemp hearts are an exceptional source of protein. For this reason, hemp seeds are a fabulous addition to a vegetarian keto diet.
Moreover, hemp seeds provide our bodies with loads of vitamin E, as well as vital minerals including magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc. With so many health benefits, hemp has been used as a food and medicine in China for over 3,000 years. Who knew this tiny little seed could pack such a punch?!
Now for a very important chat. Which sweetener to choose and why?
Without gettin’ too nerdy on ya, it’s important to explain how allulose vs. erythritol produces a very different keto cookie.
Allulose is a naturally occurring zero glycemic, zero-calorie sugar that behaves like conventional table sugar. This means it melts, caramelizes, and creates a lovely chew when used in baking. On the other hand, erythritol is a sugar alcohol which offers a similar sweetness and bulk as sugar without melting or browning.
So, what’s this have to do with you?
It means that you should first decide whether you want a chewy cookie or a crunchy keto oatmeal cookie. When using allulose, your cookie will be soft and chewy with caramelized edges. Alternatively, if you choose erythritol, you’ll get an airy, crunchy cookie. Nonetheless, BOTH cookies are delicious, satisfying, and sure to bring a big, sweet smile to your face!
Hip Tip: I usually buy my Allulose and Erythritol from Amazon IN BULK using Amazon Subscribe and Save (I receive an additional 15% off). Buying in bulk saves me money AND ensures that my pantry is always well-stocked, so I’m never in a pinch. (I live in a small mountain town where specialty food items are very limited.)
Love oatmeal cookies? Our keto oatmeal cookies recipe uses hemp hearts instead of oats for all the soft and chewy goodness. Try them!