Sugar Free Date Hearts

Date shortbread hearts

These sugar free date biscuits are a healthier take on many traditional biscuit recipes. Because they are made with dates rather than sugar, it’s not so bad if your little one likes to indulge when they come out of the oven! Loads for the kids to get involved with and enjoy.

Ingredients:

170g Spelt flour

55g Butter chilled and chopped into 1 cm cubes

80g Dates pitted and finely chopped until forms a paste

4 tbs Hazelnut meal

2 tbs Raspberry jam (optional)

1 Egg yolk and 1 tbs water mixed together

1 tbs Icing sugar (optional)

Makes 1 medium baking tray of biscuits

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180˚C and line a large baking tray with baking paper

Option 1 – fast

  • Using your blender whizz the chilled butter and sieved flour ,hazelnut meal until very fine breadcrumb texture
  • Add chopped dates and egg and water mixture. Whizz briefly until evenly incorporated – ideally on a ‘pulse’ setting until mixture starts to come together
  • Tip into a bowl and ‘Bring mixture together’ into a ball

Option 2 – sticky and fun!

  • Sieve flour and hazelnut meal into a bowl
  • Rub the butter into the flour using the tips of your fingers until fine breadcrumb texture
  • Add chopped dates and egg and water mixture and mix with your hands until you can bring it together to form a ball

then…

  • Wrap in cling film and allow mixture to ‘rest’ for 20 minutes in the fridge
  • Roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper until about 3-4mm thick
  • Cut out shapes and place on baking tray lined with baking paper
  • Bake in middle third of the oven for approx. 10-12 minutes until golden
  • Cool on a wire rack
  • Add jam filling and dust with icing sugar (Optional)

Note: Some flours require more moisture than others so don’t worry if you need an extra drop of water.

Tip:  Make double quantity, wrap in cling film, label and store in your freezer – you can slice off rounds and bake this directly or defrost and cut out shapes. Great for tea with unexpected visitors!

Options: Try adding a pinch of cinnamon. If you don’t have hazelnut meal just use the same quantity of extra flour – or even use almond meal. 

How kids can help

  • Weighing the ingredients
  • Sifting the four
  • Rubbing the butter into the flour
  • Mixing egg mixture into flour
  • Rolling out the dough
  • Cutting out shapes

 

 

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