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Every year, on the First of August, I make Anzacs.

I very happily make Anzacs.

I make Anzacs and I’m sure you are beside me. Every thought is of you, and of you I only have the happiest of memories.

I’m four and we are sharing buttered toast and sugary, milky tea.

I’m eight and I’m sitting on your bench eating cookie mixture as we roll it into balls.

I’m 12 and I’ve fallen asleep on your couch.

I’m 16 and you are banishing my troubles with your unconditional love.

I’m 21 and I’m sleeping beside you. I’m holding your hand and doing all I can to hold back the tears. I know you will soon leave me and I cannot bear the thought of it.

And now, I’m a wife and I’m married to a man you never met.

I’m a mum to children you never knew.

I’ve grown into a lady who spends her days aspiring to be more like you. A lady who has not had a day pass without thinking of you. A lady who believes you’re looking after her and you’re looking after her babies. A lady who still cannot accept the space you have left. A lady who will never let you go.

Happy Birthday to the lady who taught me everything that matters.

Happy Birthday to the lady who knew me when no-one else did.

Happy Birthday to the lady who makes me better than I am.

Happy Birthday Gran. Xx

When you and I weren’t making Anzacs we were typically making YoYo’s so this year, to mix things up, that is what I whipped up. You would have been one hundred today! How exciting is that! Loving you always. Anks.

the biscuits

  • 3 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon concentrated, natural vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup, honey or rice malt syrup
  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C or 350°F
  2. Line a tray with baking paper.
  3. Place the ingredients into your food processor and blend at very high speed until the coconut has completely broken down, the mixture is smooth, sticking together and resembles a cookie dough.
  4. Use your hands to shape the mixture into 12 balls.
  5. Place the balls onto your cookie tray and gently flatten.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden.
  7. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes before gently transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cooled place the filling ingredients into a mug and mix until smooth and very well combined.
  9. Sandwich two biscuits together with the filling.
  10. Store in the fridge.
  11. Eat and enjoy!

note – you will need a high powered processor to make these. Something that is strong enough to turn the coconut into a paste. If you do not have a high powered processor you could try using half coconut butter and half desiccated coconut or adding one to two tablespoon of coconut cream or coconut oil. However, I have only tested the version outlined above which we love.

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Karla Murphy August 2, 2015 - 11:39 am

It is also my late grandmother’s birthday yesterday. What a special tradition. Your post really resonates with me. As much as we miss them, how lucky are we to have loved such amazing women. Thanks for sharing ❤

Bianca Slade August 2, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Blessed indeed Karla. I am glad you could relate to my words. I hope you have had a lovely day. Bianca

Jess August 2, 2015 - 7:03 pm

Yummy! I was skeptical the biscuits would work but work they did and delicious!! X

Vanessa Maguire August 4, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Hi Jess how long did it take for you to process the dough – what wattage food processor do you have

Jess August 4, 2015 - 3:12 pm

I have a Thermomix – blitzed on speed 8-9 for approximately 1-2 minutes, checking regularly for consistency and texture 🙂 the bowl became warm from the friction

Bianca Slade August 5, 2015 - 11:02 am

Thank YOU Jess. xxx

Vanessa Maguire August 3, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Hi bianca – thank you for the recipe and the beautiful post. As I’m very new to this how long should it take to create the cookie dough in a 750kw food processor? Thanks Vee

Bianca Slade August 5, 2015 - 11:07 am

I am sorry Vanessa but I don’t really know about watts and time etc. Have you made coconut butter or nut butters in your processor before? Does it come with a recipe book or any way of you knowing whether it is capable of this style of recipe? Although you do not need to reach butter consistency in this recipe, just to give you an idea, it can take anything from 30 seconds to 10 minutes depending on the strength of the processor and some processor will not be able to do it all. I am sorry I haven’t been more help. Bianca

Vanessa Maguire August 5, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Thanks Bianca hopefully I can use my friends thermomix – I was trying for over an hour with my food processor.

Vanessa Maguire August 12, 2015 - 8:41 am

Hi Bianca, sorry, one more question, when you process this recipe in your food processor what type of blade do you use? I am very new to all of this. Thanks in advance V

Bianca Slade August 28, 2015 - 11:04 am

Mine only comes with one blade sorry so I am not much help. I would use whatever blade you would use to make a nut butter. x

Paola January 29, 2016 - 7:14 pm

Hi I have tried to make these but they don’t stick – my mixture is just too crumbly 🙁 I have tried on my Thermomix for about 10 mins on max and it just won’t turn into paste. Can I use something else to avoid them being so crumbly? Thank you!

Bianca Slade January 30, 2016 - 11:20 am

Hmmm, this should work in a TMX and shouldn’t take 10 minutes. I would try blending the coconut first than adding the syrup. Alternatively you could add a tablespoon of coconut cream….

Paola February 6, 2016 - 2:32 pm

Thanks Bianca. I ended up just putting a bit more oil but there were super crumbly still. I will try mixing without the honey/syrup first 🙂

Kat April 8, 2016 - 4:39 am

These are divine! My favourite recipe so far 🙂

Bianca Slade April 18, 2016 - 10:08 am

Thank YOU! I really appreciate the feedback and I am glad you enjoyed them. x


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