I love Christmas. That’s no secret. But it’s a little secret that I actually love the time before Christmas even more than Christmas itself. I love going to Christmas fairs, I love the lights, I love the decoration, buying presents and gift-wrapping them and it won’t surprise you that my favorite part is of course baking christmas cookies.
As cutting down my grain and sugar intake is a constant struggle of mine I dreaded the Christmas season a bit this year. How cool can it be if there’s no cookies for me??? Okay of course I am going to eat some cookies but how cool is it if I feel always like shit after eating them. Even if you’re not a supporter of Pavlov’s Conditioning Theory no one can deny that biting in a cookie is not as much fun when you know what happens next.
A common solution: Paleo-fying it! So I flipped through some baking books but couldn’t find a single recipe that is not made of sugar and grains and butter. Mmmmh butter… but I digress. Okay no problem I make my own. Here you go!
Paleo Christmas Cookies
- 1 cup prunes
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup agave syrup
- 3 tsp speculoos spices
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch of allspice
- 2 medium eggs
- Give the prunes, salt and spices into a food processor and pulse
- Now add the melted coconut oil and agave syrup and pulse again until you have a smooth paste
- Add the eggs and beat lightly until well combined
- Now add the coconut and almond flour and beat again lightly until all ingredients are well combines
- Now form little balls out of the dough. I discovered that the best way it to wet your hands and knead a dough roll and then cut into pieces. Now roll between your hands and place on a lined baking tray. Press lightly with the palm of your hand and garnish with a whole hazelnut.
- Now bake in the oven at 180°C for approx. 12 minutes or until dry and lightly brown.
- Let cool and store in an air-tight container up to one week.
Did I promise too much? Grain-free, no added sugar, easy to make and totally delicious. When they come out of the oven they will be crispy but over the course of a day they will soften up and get chewy just like gingerbread. I’ll make the second batch this weekend 🙂
I am linking up with Laura again today! Let’s find out what kind of #strangebutgood recipes the other bloggers came up with 😀
Have a nice weekend lovelies!
Ok…Prunes…one of my Favorite things. This sounds so good. I need to try them. Thanks for sharing them, Juli! Have a great weekend!
You actually inspired me to use prunes in this recipe. I usually use dates but when you suggested to swap dates for prunes in my Hazelnut Chocoaole Granola Bar recipe you got me hooked on prunes 🙂 So I should actually say THANK YOU 🙂
Juli! That’s too funny. I love it. Spreading prune love around. Have a gareat day!
Oh wow it looks so delicious!
Thank you Arielle 🙂
These look delish! I love coconut flour anything. 🙂
Me too! It adds such a good flavor and the texture is amazing! Thank you 🙂
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
Swap out the prunes and I have a similar recipe to come- good old paleo-fying it! I love how these cookies look like your breakfast word. LOL.
By the way- your photos are amazing, Juli. FOODGAWKER IT.
Haha this happened to me before, too. I have 3 recipes I never posted as there was someone to post something similar only shortly before. That’s why I never posted any beef burger recipe. It’s almost identical with yours 😛
You’re right. And I haven’t even noticed that! What’s wrong with me ;-D
Thank you so much! Yeah, maybe it’s time to conquer Foodgawker.
These cookies are so different and sound wonderful! But for us Americans, what is in “Speculoos Spices?”
Thank you , Pat 🙂 But ooooh now you got me. It’s a christmas spice with a slight fruity note. But you can also use gingerbread spice.
These cookies are just awesome! I love the prunes, but I mixed them with dates (which are sweeter) so I could use less syrup. And then I have replaced the hazelnuts with pecans, and the speculoos spice with gingerbread spice. So delicious! I l<3 it!