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!
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 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.
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!Print
Instructions for date paste
Instructions for cookie dough