Recipe: Grain-Free Date Hamantaschen (SCD/GAPS/Paleo/Primal)


Mar 04
Grain-Free Date Hamantaschen, Purim, hamantaschen

With the Jewish holiday Purim right around the corner, I thought I would attempt making my favorite holiday treat, hamantaschen.  Typically this is a dough made with vegetable oil, wheat flour, sugar and canned filling. This grain-free, date hamantaschen is perfect for gluten and grain-free eaters!

Grain-Free Date Hamantaschen in History

In the Biblical Book of Esther, the story of Purim involves the villain Haman, Grand Vizier of Persia. Mordechai, a Jewish member of the king’s court and relative of Queen Esther, refused to bow down to Haman.

This angered the Grand Vizier and he planned to have all the Jews in the kingdom slaughtered. However, Queen Esther and Mordechai discovered Haman’s plot and were able to stall it.

In the end, Haman is executed on the gallows he planned to use on Mordechai.

Hamantaschen are eaten on Purim as part of the celebration of the holiday, which commemorates how Jews escaped Haman’s loathsome plans.

The triangular shape of these pastries signifies the three-cornered hat that Haman wore.

Another explanation for the triangular shape, is that the three corners represent Queen Esther’s strength and the founders of Judaism: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

I put together this recipe from other roll out cookie doughs that I have used. I use coconut and almond flour so that they are grain-free.

I use ghee and coconut oil instead of butter to keep it dairy-free. Technically, ghee is still dairy, so if you are super sensitive to dairy, leave out the ghee and use just the coconut oil.

Nutrition in Dates

Dates are the fruit of the date palm and originated in the desserts of northern Africa and southwest Asia.

Medjool dates are larger, dark, moist dates that provide fiber, potassium, and magnesium, nutrients so important for the heart.

Other nutrients include, calcium, sulfur, iron,  phosphorous, manganese, and  copper. These minerals help regulate blood pressure and the proper rhythm of the heart.

The fiber helps to neutralize the sugar component of the date.

Dates can supply a large amount of nutrients in one’s daily diet and are great as a quick energy snack due to easy digestibility.

Dates can make a rejuvenative drink when soaked in water. Regular consumption of dates helps balance the intestinal flora and relieve constipation.

Medjool dates are legal on SCD/GAPS and they have been found to be well tolerated by most people.

Recently I have fallen in love with dates and have used them in several recipes already.

You may also be interested in my Grain-Free Coconut Date Linzer Cookies.

These small treats are truly irresistible! For grain-free eaters, it makes the holiday more festive and they are full of nutrition!


Recipe: Grain-Free Date Hamantaschen (SCD/GAPS/Paleo/Primal)

Grain-Free Date Hamantaschen, Purim, hamantaschen
  • Author: Dr. Jill
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 - 10 1x



Instructions for date paste

  1. Soak about 20 large pitted Medjool dates so that they are covered in water for 20 -30 minutes until softened (use warm water in a pot on the stove if you are in a hurry, it will soften them faster)
  2. In a mini processor, puree the dates until they are a paste

Instructions for cookie dough

  1. Preheat oven to 300º F
  2. Prepare your rolling station with parchment paper or wax paper – taping down the bottom sheet
  3. Prepare your cookie sheets lined with parchment paper
  4. In a food processor mix the eggs
  5. In a small pot on the stove, gently melt the coconut oil and add the vanilla and honey (if the honey is hard)
  6. Mix these together in the processor and add the softened ghee in small chunks and process
  7. Add the coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda and salt and mix together
  8. Remove from processor when the dough has formed a ball or close to it
  9. Roll out the dough ball between 2 sheets of wax or parchment paper
  10. Using a large circle cutout, cut circles about 4″ in diameter
  11. Using a spatula, transfer the circles to the cookie sheet
  12. You may take all the scrapes left from cutting the circles, roll them into a ball and roll out this dough again
  13. If the dough is too soft, put it in the refrigerator for 5 – 10 minutes then roll out again
  14. When all the dough is used up add a heaping teaspoon of pureed date paste to each circle
  15. Pinch together the dough to make a triangle
  16. Bake at for 15 minutes or until lightly browned
  17. Cool on rack

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