Anzac Oat Slice (Sugar Free, Vegan Option)
I know it’s already past ANZAC Day, however, I thought I would still share this recipe here, because it’s good for any time of the year to be honest. And I hadn’t really planned on making anything for ANZAC Day this year, but then I woke up and really felt like baking. But I was really short on time, because we went to see the veterans marching, including my father-in-law, so I’ve decided to create an Anzac slice instead of the traditional biscuits. However, the ingredients I chose for the slice are inspired by the biscuits, which are associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). They are usually made from rolled oats, flour, sugar, butter, golden syrup, and desiccated coconut. These ingredients were used on purpose because they wouldn’t spoil easily. So the women from Australia and New Zealand could send them to the fighting soldiers for comfort.
I have kept the ingredients pretty similar for the slice, but I used gluten free oats and instead of sugar and golden syrup I opted for sugar free maple syrup (chicory root syrup would be another amazing option) and I used a little bit of flaxseed and guar gum to make sure the slice would hold together. I used butter, but to make the slice vegan, you can definitely swap it for coconut oil. Also, if you’re able to wait for the slice to fully cool down before slicing (preferably refrigerated), I would highly recommend that. I was in a rush, so I tried to cut the slice while warm and ended up with a crumble instead, as you can see on the pictures. However, it does get firm in the fridge, so if you want to make sure you’ll have pretty squares, then you shouldn’t copy my move 🙂
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- ⅓ cup almond meal
- ¼ cup linseed meal
- 150g butter melted (or coconut oil for dairy free version)
- 1 cup sugar free maple syrup
- ½ tsp guar gum
- Mix all the ingredients together and let it sit for a few minutes, so the dry ingredients soak up the liquids.
- Then press the mixture into a small greased baking dish and place it into a preheated oven on 180 C.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Then let the slice cool down completely (preferably in a fridge) before cutting it into squares, so you don’t end up with a crumble like some of us 🙂
- They are great on their own, but would be delicious with cream or even some vanilla ice cream.