Tomorrow is Anzac Day, such a significant day in our countries history for many of us. Whether you are marching in a parade, attending a service or just catching up with friends and family, no doubt there will be one common theme and that is the Traditional Anzac Biscuit! With the key and absolute ingredient being wholesome oats, we thought we would share why we LOVE oats here at Honest to Goodness and why no "super" tag is needed on this wholegrain.
Oats have long been a staple of most Aussies diets, and something found in everyones pantry (or should be!). These low GI wholegrains are packed full of goodness and never fail to get you going in the mornings. With most people going back to basics with their diets, why not revisit this super grain which graced all of our grandparents breakfast tables around Australia!
The many different forms of oats...
Oat Kernels ('groats')
These are the whole wheat grain which has simply been harvested, cleaned and dehulled. Being so minimally processed, our organic oat groats take about 1-2 hours to cook up, but for the nourishment that you get, it's worth it! If you have an oat roller (you could always come use the one in our Showroom!), then you can roll your own oats from these kernels!
Steel Cut Oats
These are oat groats which have been cut up into pieces using a steel blade, resembling kibbled oats. Because these oats are not rolled, they are raw and packed full of nutrients from the whole grain. Our organic steel cut oats take about 30-40 minutes to cook, but you can reduce their cooking time to 5-10 minutes if you soak them overnight. Steel cut oats have a nuttier flavour than regular oats and slightly chewier. Substitute these for rice, add to salads, soups and casseroles or make a yummy porridge.
Did You Know? Steel cut oats arethe traditional Scottish way of producing oats for porridge. Try our Scottish Oatmeal recipe here!
Wholegrain Rolled Oats
These traditional rolled oats are produced from the oat groat but have been steamed and rolled to form this flat thin rolled grain. Our wholegrain rolled oats take about 20-30 minutes to cook, making a yummy porridge or use in any baked goods like these organic oatmeal biscuits!
These oats have been cut and rolled thinly to achieve a quicker cooking time. Our organic quick oats are an easy way to make a hot, creamy bowl of porridge in half the time!
This meal is made from milling the outer layer of the hulled oat grain and is a rich source of soluble and insoluble fibre. Our organic oat bran can be consumed as a delicious porridge itself, combined with other cereals or added to smoothies like in our Maca Power Smoothie recipe here! It can also be used to add fibre in cooking or as an alternative for crumbing chicken and fish.
Our Organic Oat Milk from PureHarvest is made from natural whole ingredients (water, whole organic oats, sunflower oil, salt). It is a fantastic milk alternative being dairy free, lactose free, cholesterol free, and containing no preservatives, no added chemicals and no refined sugars.
Oats Health Benefits
- Low glycaemic index
- Slowly absorbed, releasing energy over a longer period of time, keeping you sustained for longer!
- Rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre which help reduce blood cholesterol levels
- Oats are slowly absorbed in the body, which helps stabilise blood sugar levels and support weight loss efforts by increasing the sense of fullness after meals and reducing hunger.
Organic Anzac Biscuits
125g organic butter
2 tbsp organic maple syrup or organic agave syrup
1 cup organic spelt flour
1 cup organic rolled oats
1 cup organic desiccated coconut
3/4 cup organic rapadura sugar
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Preheat oven to 175 deg C.
- Grease or line two baking trays.
- Melt the butter and maple syrup together in a saucepan over a low heat.
- Mix together the flour, oats, coconut and rapadura sugar in a bowl.
- Stir the water and the bicarbonate of soda into the butter and syrup mixture and then add it to the dry mixture, stir thoroughly.
- Stir through macadamia nuts & cranberries if you are adding these.
- Once combined, spoon mixture into balls. Place them on the baking trays, spaced well apart.
- Bake at 175 degrees celcius for about 15 minutes, or until golden.
- Cool on wire wracks. Enjoy!
Makes about 10-15 biscuits. Download this Anzac Biscuit Recipe here!