Date & Almond Hamantaschen

Written by chanie on March 2nd, 2014

You know Purim is coming around when the blogosphere is overflowing with creative hamantasch recipes. It almost feels as if no-one makes classic hamantaschen anymore! The funny thing is, I’ll make just about any triangular-shaped-cookie-concoction besides classic hamantaschen. I’ve heard way too many disaster stories of the corners splitting open and jam spilling all over the place.

Call me a hypocrite but if I want good old-fashioned hamantaschen, I reach for the highly-processed Reisman’s variety. I mean, if I’m gonna eat a hamantasch, I might as well eat. a. hamantasch. Right?

But if I’m eating a different kind of hamantasch, well then I might as well go crazy, right? And by crazy I mean whipping up some sushi hamantaschen, baklava hamantaschen, or a trio of savory puff pastry hamantaschen.

Believe me, I’ve been dreaming up some crazy hamantaschen ideas all year long! But as we got closer to Purim, I couldn’t imagine breaking the momentum of my diet for some 3-cornered cookies. Instead, I challenged myself to come up with a healthy hamantasch for a change. And by healthy, I don’t mean spelt, or whole wheat, or even sugar-free. I’m talking no-flour, no-baking, no-dough or jam of any kind!

My first thought was to create a raw hamantasch using dates to create a cookie “dough”. I went to my local produce market to pick up some medjool dates and there was my inspiration – marzipan stuffed dates! Brilliant!

I got right to work creating my healthy no-bake hamantaschen. It’s amazing how something with such few natural ingredients can come out so spectacular! Not only do the raw hamantaschen resemble a real cookie, they taste incredible too, all without the guilt.

The best part about making these cookies is choosing what to roll them in. While coconut, pistachios and cocoa keep things healthy, you can up the fun-factor with some nonpareils or colorful sprinkles. Don’t worry, my lips are sealed. We’ll call it our Purim secret ;)

Other hamantasch recipes:

trio of savory puff pastry hamantaschen
sushi hamantaschen
baklava hamantaschen
“The Hamantini” Purim cocktail

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  1. I LOVE these hamantaschen. They are all so clever and creative. Perfect for those days when there isn’t time to bake!

  2. Love this!!!
    Such a creative idea – will definitely be making it this Purim (will probably try making the almond paste with honey instead).

    • chanie says:

      Thanks Lisa! I tried making a version with honey but I was unsuccessful. I wanted to keep it egg-free too so it was difficult without the egg whites.

  3. Claudia says:

    Cool! Do you think they’ll be good with just crushed almonds or walnuts in the middle instead of the paste?

  4. What a great idea, Chanie! I love everything about this recipe.

  5. Healthy, no bake, AND totally darling in all their triangular splendor?!?! Loooove these! Oh – and I am crazy for almond paste (or, well, almond just-about-anything) – yay for your homemade recipe! :D Pinning for sure!

  6. I love this chanie! What a great idea!

  7. There’s nothing our friend, the date, can’t do! Looks amazing.

  8. Daniele says:

    I’m thinking maybe some kind of raw raspberry or strawberry “jam” would be good with the chocolate flavor. I may just have to try this out :) thanks!!

  9. Ronnie Fein says:

    Dates are so flexible — forming them like dough is a wonderful idea. This is like a snack ball, but prettier. Think I will do this and just use an almond in the center when my family comes. The kids will love doing this with me.

  10. Love the idea of a raw and vegan hamantaschen, it was a very cleaver idea to use dates and almonds for the dough.

  11. Of all the creative hamantaschen recipes I’ve seen, these excite me the most! Thank you.

  12. May I re-post this on Google+

  13. Annette says:

    For about a second, all the ingredients turned into a nice ball, but then it all became very sticky. I added a bit more water but it wasn’t helping, so I took it out of the food processor as is. It was VERY sticky. I rolled it out a bit but then decided to put it in the fridge. Any advice would be appreciated before I try to assemble these. Thanks!

    • chanie says:

      Hi Annette. It makes sense that the mixture turned into a ball – and it is sticky. That’s why you’re meant to roll it out under the plastic wrap. Adding water won’t help the stickiness (it will actually make it stickier). Putting it in the fridge or freezer is a great idea and makes it a bit easier to work with. Also, if you wet your hands, you can handle the dough better.

  14. Annette says:

    I ended up adding another half a cup of nuts and it was much better. I haven’t tasted them yet because I’m saving them for Shabbat. I’ll let you know! Thanks for your answer.

  15. These look amazing, I like the tip of rolling with a piece of plastic wrap on the top.

  16. I love how creative these are – super healthy!

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