Do sugar-free christmas treats exist?
It is always hard avoiding sugar around the holidays. Sweets are everywhere! However, these gingerbread cookies taste great and have no sugar or artificial sweeteners, just fruit.
If you try to avoid sugar like I do, it can be hard to not feel “cheated” during the holidays.
While I try to avoid sugar because I do not like how it affects my brain (and my waistline), I also avoid artificial sweeteners and processed “natural” sweeteners like stevia. I do not think they have been tested enough and I find their flavor to be very odd! I prefer sweetening recipes using fruit, not juice but whole fruit or fruit sauces (like homemade applesauce).
Gingerbread cookies with that perfect chewy texture – no one will even know that they’re sugar free!
I spent hours in the kitchen perfecting a gingerbread cookie recipe sweetened with dates! You have to turn the dates into a paste first (food processor or blender), or buy date paste, otherwise the cookies will not come out right.
When my husband first tasted them, he was so excited! He had not eaten a cookie for 25 years, and had never eaten an American-style cookie. He loved them! I hope you do too. :o)
Note: These are probably not appropriate for diabetics, since dates do contain a lot of natural sugars. They probably will be fine for someone with gastritis or reflux. I am not a medical doctor and cannot provide medical advice.Print
A soft, spicy cookie typically eaten around Christmas time in the United States (but delicious any time of the year). It is easy to make and very filling, so one or two will be enough to satisfy you.
- 1 cup of date paste
- 2.5 tablespoons natural, smooth peanut butter
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (ground)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cloves (ground)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ginger (powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease a cookie sheet with vegetable oil or use a non-stick silicon sheet.
2. In a food processor, process the dates until they turn into a paste. Measure the dates after making the paste, as you will need more than the measurement above of dates to make that much date paste. Add the butter and peanut butter to the dates and mix well with a fork (or add the butter to the food processor).
3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and spices with a fork.
4. Add the egg and the date/butter mixture to the flour and mix with a fork just enough to mix properly.
5. With your hands, form 20 dough balls. Put the balls on the cookie sheet, with just a little space between them because they will not spread.
6. Cook the cookies for 9-12 minutes. They should still be a little soft when you remove them from the oven.
The dough was a bit too sticky for me to roll it out and make gingerbread men with a cookie cutter. I tried both round ping-pong-ball-sized cookies, and flat cookies, and both tasted delicious! Tips: Keep an eye on the bottom of the cookies (lifting them up with a spatula). They should leave the oven a little soft, and will become firmer as they cool. They should not be crisp! This is an American-style cookie, and they are chewy, not crispy. Cool and enjoy!
- Category: dessert
- Method: baked
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 72
- Sugar: 1.3 g
- Sodium: 35 mg
- Fat: 4.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 0.6 g
- Protein: 1.5 g
- Cholesterol: 16 mg
Keywords: gingerbread cookies, Christmas, sugar-free cookies, naturally-sweetened desserts