Phew, the last weeks of the year are here, and life’s been quite busy lately. Luckily I still had a moment to come here to share this super easy, delicious recipe with you guys – this Christmas treat has stolen my heart.
One really special project has kept me busy for some time already, and I could spend all my time planning and doing it – luckily that’s not possible, thanks to other projects, work and family, that keeps me busy as well – otherwise I might end up being quite boring company, ha. And now we’re approaching one of my favorite times of the year, and I’m getting excited – there’s something really special about Christmas time! We’re celebrating it at my parents’ house, with extended family: we’re going to be almost twenty gathering around the same Christmas table. So nice.
But let’s get back to the matter of, Christmas treats! Even though I’ve been busy, I’ve had some time to start the preparations, at least when it comes to recipe testing. I tested out this lovely Christmas Date Cake, have been planning to make this Most Wonderful Christmas Cake (with glögg) and these No-Bake Mini Gingerbread Bites I created originally for Ecoteekki, which is a small, but very professional, Finnish health food chain.
The base of these lovely mini bites tastes just like gingerbread, or to be more precise: gingerbread dough. Even better! It’s simply so good, so try not to eat it all before popping the dish into the freezer. On the top there is creamy, soft, caramel-like lucuma fudge, with some shredded coconut, and the mini bites will be decorated with raw chocolate. No gluten, no refined sugar, no dairy, vegan. Easy, delicious and ah so Christmassy! (And at least a bit better option for traditional Christmas truffles, right?)
I wish you all the best, warm and relaxing Christmas. Take care, spend quality time with family and friends, and stay warm!
(Oh and about the project, maybe I can tell something about it too.. It’s a book! Delicious, beautiful feel good cook book, that I will tell you all about later. Can’t wait!)
No-Bake Mini Gingerbread Bites with Lucuma Fudge
10 soft medjool dates
1 dl rolled oats
1 dl shredded coconut
1,5 tps gingerbread spice
(or: ground ginger, cardamom, cloves, Ceylon cinnamon)
hint of salt
Nutty lucuma fudge:
1 dl cocoa butter (solid, grated)
2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
2 Tbsp coconut flour
0,5 dl lucuma powder
0,5 dl shredded coconut
1 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp gingerbread spice (or the spices mentioned above)
hint of salt
For decoration: raw chocolate
1. Prepare the gingerbread layer: pit the dates, and put them into a blender with the other ingredients of the base. Mix until a dough starts to be ready: it’s soft (and delicious!), easy to mold and sticky.
2. Spread the dough into a small dish, covered in parchment paper. (It’s easiest with wet hands.) Put the dish into the freezer.
3. Melt the cocoa butter, and mix all the ingredients of the lucuma fudge to it. Mix until smooth (by hand), and pour over the gingerbread base. Put back into the freezer, for about 20 minutes or so.
4. Melt the raw chocolate. Take the dish from the freezer and cut the treat into small squares. Decorate with melted raw chocolate. Enjoy, and keep the rest in the fridge.