cinnamon almond stars

recipe  18th December 2015 by

For an extra Christmas touch you could pop some dried cranberries in there or the zest of half an orange, but these gluten-free and vegan biscuits are also perfect the way they are!

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These stars were the result of a big baking experiment last year and it turned into one of the best Christmas bakes as these almond stars were born! They’re the simplest things in the world to make, and will steer the occasion depending on the cutter shape you use.

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  • 200 g blanched almonds
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 tsp nutmeg
  • 12 tsp ginger
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 14 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 200 g soaked chopped dates


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Grind your almonds thoroughly in a food processor.

Add all the ingredients to the food processor, ensuring the all stones from the dates are removed.

Mix thoroughly until the dates are well combined with the almonds. The mixture should be moist and able to stick together to form a dough.

Tip out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out until it’s about 3mm thick.

Using a shaped cutter (I usually do stars or hearts) cut out as many shapes as you can. You may need to re-roll the dough trimmings dough couple of times to allow you to use up all the mixture.

Using a spatula, transfer the shapes onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and place in the oven for 7 minutes, or until the pastry goes golden brown in colour.

Remove from the oven, leave to cool before lifting the biscuits off the trays.

Dust with some cinnamon or desiccated coconut and enjoy hot or cold!

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

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