So when one of your best friends gifts you 1kg of dates, well then you gotta do something with it. Make it count. In my case, my friend is vegan so, challenge accepted for a vegan bake with dates. Recently these raw energy balls with dates seem to be everywhere… so of course, I want to go in a different direction, ha.
This weekend I visited the Authentic trade fair. This is an annual fair for small business owners who produce locally and value fair-trade. There, I discovered two lovely Swiss food producers: Nudelwerkstatt “La Martina” and producers of special spice blends “Chalira”. While La Martina turns nettle into a very yummy ravioli filling, Chalira creates intriguing spice blends. One of their blends, Dunya, is the hidden champion of this vegan date bake. Oh and before I forget, this vegan bake is also wheat-free and white sugar-free.
This recipe for vegan Date Shortbread is:
- Vegan (no dairy, no eggs)
- No added white sugars
Something delicious for every vegan sweet tooth
Have a look at my collection of amazing plant-based, vegan recipes to discover even more amazing vegan desserts.
1.5 tsp. cornstarch
3 tsp. rose water
1 tsp. dunya spice blend
7 tbsp. hazelnut oil
4 tbsp. nut butter
Chop 100g of the dates into small pieces. Add the rest into your food processor (without the stones). Crush the dates together with the hazelnuts until smooth. Add the oats, buckwheat and the cornstarch. Combine well. Add the oil, nut butter, the rose water and spice blend. Again, combine well. Now add the chopped dates. The consistency should be gooey. Form a ball, wrap it in cling film and place it in the fridge for about 1h.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C. Line a brownie baking tin (approx. 27×20 cm) with baking parchment. Using a spatula, distribute the dough evenly in the tin. Bake for approx. 15 minutes until the sides are browning.
So again, about that spice blend…in case you cannot get your hands on it (but you totally should…). The blend contains coconut blossom sugar, rose petals, cinnamon, coriander (cilantro), peppermint, anise, pepper, ginger, cloves, juniper berries. So whatever you have in your kitchen that comes close to that, throw it in. The shortbread will also be super yummy without this heavenly spice explosion, just saying…
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