Few people can imagine Christmas without sweets.
But many of us have a bad conscience after the holidays because of too much snacking.
Is it possible to prepare delicious cookies that contain less harmful sugar, fat and flour?
With our recipes for healthy date cookies, you won’t have any remorse after Christmas this year.
Raw date balls
These delicious balls are full of all the good stuff. Cocoa, coconut and dates create a unique combination that will have you licking your lips!
- 350 g of dried dates without seeds
- 4 spoons of cocoa
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 20 g of grated coconut
- pinch of salt
- 2-3 tablespoons of hot water
- grated coconut and cocoa for decoration
- First, chop the pitted dates with a stick blender or electric chopper.
- Then add cocoa, castor oil, grated coconut, water and salt.
- Mix everything thoroughly until a uniform mass is formed.
- Form balls from this mass.
- Wrap the balls in cocoa or grated coconut.
- Store ready in the refrigerator.
To shape the balls better, wet your hands first.
Finally, you don’t have to wrap in cocoa or coconut only, but you can also use chopped almonds, cashews or other nuts.
You don’t have to use the recipe for raw date balls only at Christmas time, but also at any time of the year. You can easily make healthy “lollipops” from them for children and adults. Simply stick the finished balls on a stick, decorate the stick with a bow and arrange it on the table during a summer birthday party, for example!
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Christmas cookies with dates and oatmeal
Try this unique date and oatmeal cookie. Your family will surely appreciate the new recipe and believe us, it will be the first to disappear from the plates!
For the dough
- 250g plain flour
- 70 g of sugar
- 1 packet of vanilla sugar
- 1 egg
- 150 g of softened butter
- 50 g of oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 200 g of dried pitted dates
- 50 g of butter
- 100 g of sugar
- 50 g of oatmeal
- 1 egg
- First, mix the flour with the baking powder in a bowl.
- Gradually mix in the other ingredients for the dough and work it into a dough with a hand mixer.
- Form the dough into rolls with a diameter of about 3 cm.
- Leave to cool overnight.
- Line a tray with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Cut roughly 0.5 cm thin slices from the rested rolls of dough and place them on a baking sheet.
- Now prepare the filling: cut the dates into small pieces.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then add the chopped dates, sugar and rolled oats.
- Fry everything a little while stirring constantly and it doesn’t want to cool down a bit.
- Then mix in the eggs.
- Now use two teaspoons to place the filling on the prepared dough slices.
- Bake for about 15 minutes.
For more decoration of the cookies and a more festive look, you can add a slice of dates or nuts to each piece before baking.
After baking and cooling, you can drizzle with melted white or dark chocolate.
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Christmas patties made of dates and nuts
These delicious patties are easy to prepare and very good at the same time. At the same time, they can have many forms and variants. Why not try adding pieces of dried fruit or chocolate? Of course, you can dip the baked cookies in chocolate or another favorite topping.
- 3 cups plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of softened butter
- 1 cup of cane sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 vanilla sugar
- 1.5 cups coarsely chopped nuts (we recommend pecans)
- 1.5 cups of chopped pitted dates
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking paper.
- Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
- In another bowl, rub the butter well with the cane sugar and vanilla.
- Add the eggs to the bowl with the butter and beat.
- Gradually add the flour mixture.
- Finally, carefully mix in the dates and nuts.
- If you can, let it rest for 2 hours.
- Use two spoons to form small mounds of dough on the baking sheet, leaving at least two centimeter gaps between them.
- Bake for 8-11 minutes until the patties are golden.
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Date gingerbread cookies with coconut cream
This candy is perfectly flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. You don’t have to do it only at Christmas. It also goes great with coffee, tea or hot chocolate as a healthy snack or dessert.
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup margarine or coconut oil, melted
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 cup spelled flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
- a pinch of cloves, ground
- 1 can full fat coconut milk (optional)
- If you want to decorate the cookies with coconut cream, put a can of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight.
- To prepare the cookies, preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
- Line the tray with baking paper.
- Place the dates, water, melted butter (or coconut oil) and vanilla in a food processor.
- Process until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
- Stir in the date mixture and mix everything together with your hands.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out to a thickness of about 0.6 cm.
- Use a cookie cutter to shape 18 gingerbread cookies.
- Place the gingerbread on the prepared tray and bake for 10 minutes.
- Let them cool.
- Now prepare the coconut whipped cream: scoop out the cream from canned full-fat coconut milk.
- The cream should separate from the coconut water as it cools overnight.
- Using a mixer, whip the cream into a slightly fluffy mass.
- Put the cream in a decorating bag or a plastic bag with a small hole in the corner.
- Decorate the gingerbread cookies as you like!
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Butter rolls filled with dates and walnuts
Try to be inspired by India this time! These rolls are traditionally prepared there at Christmas, so why not try it at home? Dates and walnuts wrapped in butter dough and baked to golden perfection are sure to be your favorite.
- 100 grams of salted butter
- 75 grams of powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 250 grams of sifted plain flour
- 40 dates, pitted
- 20 whole walnut kernels
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons of water or milk
- Add butter and powdered sugar to a large bowl.
- Beat on low speed until the sugar is incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl once or twice.
- Then add the eggs and vanilla extract and continue beating on medium-high speed until well combined.
- Add the flour (sifted) in 2 batches, beating on low speed with each addition until the dough looks crumbly.
- Use your fingers to blend the mixture together.
- Divide the dough into two parts.
- Shape each half roughly into a square and wrap in cling film.
- Put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Cut the walnuts in half.
- Place half a walnut in the center of the date.
- Repeat with remaining dates and walnut halves.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C for 15 minutes.
- On a clean work surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 0.3 cm.
- If you find that the dough is sticking to the rolling pin, cover it with baking paper and continue rolling.
- Trim the edges.
- Cut into 4 cm strips or according to the size of the dates.
- Place a date on one edge of the strip, roll until it is completely wrapped in the dough and has a slight overlap.
- Cut off the excess and gently press to close the roll.
- Repeat the same process with the rest of the dough and the dough scraps.
- Place on a tray lined with baking paper.
- Add the egg yolk to the bowl.
- Add two teaspoons of water, mix.
- Brush each roll with beaten egg.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden.
- The baking time will depend on the thickness of the dough.
- Let the rolls cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.
- Then transfer them to a wire rack and let them cool completely.
Cupcakes with chocolate mousse
These mini cupcakes with chocolate mousse are a wonderful healthy treat, suitable for the Christmas table. They contain lots of nuts, are sweetened with fruit and are also gluten-free, vegan and high in protein.
For the cupcakes:
- 1 cup cashews
- 3/4 cup dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons of cashew butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa beans
For the chocolate mousse:
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup of light canned coconut milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup dates, pitted
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Add the cashews, dates, cashew butter, and vanilla to a food processor.
- Process until mixture comes together.
- Add the cocoa beans and mix a few times.
- Transfer the batter to mini muffin tins.
- The dough should make 12 small cupcakes.
- Put in the fridge.
- Put all the ingredients in a food processor to make a foam.
- Process until smooth, 4-5 minutes (or longer, depending on the power of your food processor).
- The mixture should be slightly thick.
- Pipe chocolate mousse into each cupcake.
- Sprinkle each cupcake with cocoa as desired.
- Place the cupcakes in the freezer for at least 20 minutes until the filling sets, or refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Tip for homemade date paste
Many Christmas date cookie recipes have date paste as an ingredient. You don’t have to find this in any store, but you can easily make it at home.
- 10 large dried dates
- 0.5 liters of lukewarm water
- Simply immerse the dates in 0.5 liters of lukewarm water and let them sit overnight. This way the dates will soak up the water.
- Drain the remaining water and blend the dates into a smooth paste.
- Store in the fridge in a screw top jar.
In addition to baking, you can also use date paste for sweetening, similar to honey or agave syrup. Perfect for breakfast porridges, for example.
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