Vegan & Gluten-free Christmas Cookies

Christmas Tree Cookies RecipeThis is one of the oldest cookies recipe of our family. First discovered in a healthy recipe magazine, this recipe went through a lot of changes. First, I replaced the gluten flour by its non-gluten alternatives (tapioca, rice, chickpeas) using different combinations. Then, instead of butter we used coconut oil and apple mousse. Finally, we added some soft dates to make these biscuits sugar free but still sweet enough to remain my girls favorites! We use to bake them almost every weekend as they make a nice breakfast for a rushy morning week, but they also suit very well in my girl’s pocket for school 🙂Vegan Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe

For 30-35 biscuits:

65dl almond milk
2TbSp powdered chia/linseed
230gr gluten free flour( f.e: 75 gr oat flour+ 130 buckwheat flour+25gr corn flour)
50 gr cacao powder
1tSp vanilla power
1tSp baking soda
150 gr apple mousse/sauce
50 gr coconut oil, melted
5 soft dates
80gr dark chocolate, melted

Feel free to add some more dates if you don’t find these biscuits sweet enough.

  1. Make chia eggs by stirring 2 tablespoons chia seeds with the almond milk. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes until a gel forms.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, cacao powder, baking soda and vanilla powder.
  3. Using a blender/mixer, mix the dates, the apple mousse, the melted coconut oil and the melted dark chocolate.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ones.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C.
  6. Line your work surface with baking parchment. With a rolling pin, roll, between 2 sheets of parchment papers, the dough out to 5-7 cm thickness.
  7. Remove top piece of parchment paper and cut dough into different shapes (X-mas trees).
  8. Place the biscuits on a baking tray and bake for 10-13 minutes.
  9. To get these X-mas colored biscuits, cover them with some melted chocolate and drizzle some powdered pistachios over for a festive green color.
  10. ENJOY them!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Monica says:

    Can I say again how amazing you are? I mean not only do you do the cutouts, you replace all the ingredients with healthier ones. I won’t even use a recipe that might call for 1/3 cup butter because our blocks of butter are only easily divisible by 1/4s.

    This may be a dumb question, but what did you use as the decorations on the tree? I love the photos BTW.

  2. Signe says:

    Yummy, those look so cute and delicious! I might have to try these during Christmas time… 🙂

  3. Maja says:

    You’re such a talented cook,dear! This sounds’ ordinary’ enough to get all ingredients easily, but what is the apple mousse? Do you buy it and how does it look like?
    I really like your ideas and giving your kids health alternatives for sugar & fat based commercial sweets!

    1. Natalia says:

      Thanks Maja! We enjoy cooking together!
      Apple mousse is kind of puree made of slightly cooked apples(I don’t use to peel them but you can find lots of recipes on net, here a simple one

  4. Jenny says:

    Those cookies look really good, Natalia! I’m always on the lookout for yummy vegan recipes. I love how you decorated them for Christmas!

  5. soapjam says:

    You’re so creative and healthy! I am saving this when I am in a healthy mood. I can never eat healthy during this time of year. :p

  6. Geta says:

    Foarte drăguţă prăjitura în formă de brăduţ , eu n-am făcut niciodată prăjituri fără gluten !

  7. Lovely recipe, Natalia! Thank you! ❤

  8. Camelia says:

    Excelenta reteta! De decor nu mai spun… ❤

  9. Gabriela says:

    O idee excelenta! Deja simt magia sarbatorilor cu acesti pomisori 🙂 Felicitari Natalia!

  10. Oh, they’re too adorable! Love the ingredients as well xx

  11. This looks too good to eat! I eat dairy and gluten-free so I have to try this sometime!

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