ANZAC Biscuits | Vegan + Refined Sugar Free

I’ve always wanted to attend a dawn service on ANZAC Day. Though I still haven’t been to one, this year I wanted to pay respect in my own way.

I really enjoy recipes that bring  people together who might hold different values, so that they are able to share something in common: happiness through food.

My sister is vegan for the most part. A lot of people misunderstand her values and try to snap her in to what their idea of ‘vegan’ is.

These kinds of prejudgments can be truly off putting for someone considering taking up a vegan lifestyle.

But everyone makes their own choices that are suited to their own lifestyle and for their own reasons, so I don’t think these judgments are fair.

Sometimes people don’t really get why she has chosen to take on aspects of veganism, but I stick up for her where I can and explain that it’s really not as bad as they make it out to be.

Lately I’ve been trying to back her up in a new way: by bringing recipes into the kitchen that my whole family can eat and enjoy.

My family’s happy, Amanda’s happy and that truly makes me happy.

Here’s a recipe I created this morning which I think embodies the concept of togetherness nicely.

ANZAC Biscuits {vegan + refined sugar-free}

Vegan ANZAC biscuits


1 cup almond meal

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 tsp bi carb soda

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted, cooled)

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract


tiny drop of molasses

1/2 tsp almond extract

crushed walnuts

chopped ginger pieces are also nice too!


1. Preheat oven to 180 Celsius and line one large oven tray with baking paper.

2. In a mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients and combine well.

3. Add wet ingredients (I did it in the order of the recipe though I’m not sure it matters) to dry mixture and combine well.

4. Form cookies on baking paper and pop in the oven. I’m hopeless with this part, so I can’t remember how long for. Maybe 15 minutes, checking occasionally?

5. Devour (if your cookies made it to the oven, which most of mine didn’t).

3 Comments Add yours

  1. These look fantastic. I always go to a dawn service, and they truly are a touching experience.
    I love bringing people together through food. Whilst I am not a strict vegan (although I eat that way the majority of the time), one of my closest friends is and I love that vegans are passionate about what they eat and actually know what they are putting into their bodies. So many people take their health for granted – and eating well is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
    ANZAC day always reminds me of how blessed we are to live here now… with freedom, no rationing of food or supplies and relative safety. So many people got through the war years only by sticking together… I think there is something that we can learn from that.
    Thanks for sharing. xx


    1. Jess Morman says:

      You go, Liz – it is so fantastic that you make the conscious effort to head to the dawn service. I will absolutely go one year, and maybe more years after that; I’m sure it would leave an inspired and moving mark. Thank you for your comment! xx


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