Vegan Pistachio Christmas Cookies

Hello there! Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas!! 4 more days to go – I hope you are all ready and set, with all gifts purchased, Christmas tree bought, etc.? Well, one important part of the Christmas preparations for me was always to bake cookies. We would help my mother when we were little and as I got older, I would bake them with my girlfriends – for my  parents and the rest of the family.

While traditional Christmas cookie recipes are usually quite unhealthy – my favorite ones as a child were “Mailänderli”, a typical Swiss Christmas cookie with lots of butter, white flour and sugar – I decided to check online for some healthy cookie recipes this year. I found this amazing link to 25 healthier and vegan cookie recipes – see image below for a small preview  😉

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One of them specifically caught my eye, just because of the cutest presentation too! I decided to make the Raw Pistaccio cookies from Nadia Petrova’s blog the Nature insider – amazing blog by the way!

These cookies contain coconut as Superfood.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup pistachio (the original recipe called for raw pistaccio, but since I couldn’t find any raw ones, I used (unsalted!) roasted ones instead – worked too! It’s just not a raw cookie anymore tough)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp ground golden flax seeds (I made this modification to the original recipe to make the dough a bit more easier to handle, it was a bit too liquid without)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup agave (or honey if you are not a vegan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Preparation:

  • Blend the pistachio into flour (use a strong blender, nutribullet, for example)
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well, if the “dough” is too liquid to form a roll, put briefly into the freezer, so the coconut oil can harden, then form a roll, like a “sausage” – or add additional ground flax seed to get a dough-like consistency where you can form a roll with your hands
  • Put into the freezer for about 1 hour, then cut into thin slices
  • Arrange like a Christmas tree, decorate with more coconut flakes and pomegranate seeds (my tree doesn’t look as pretty as the original and it’s also not the same lovely light green, because my pistachio was already roasted and not raw, but nevertheless, not bad 😉 )

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In case you are looking for more healthier Christmas treats, the fantastic Celeste from the blog Honk if you’re vegan just posted about Top 10 Vegan Christmas Candy Recipes. It’s a really fantastic list and worth to check out!

Comments

  1. stacilys says

    Ummmmmm, I just got back from travelin for a week and found this as I checked my WordPress Reader. I saw this on your instagram and have been waiting to see the full recipe. Thanks a ton.

    • stacilys says

      Oh, I forgot, have a great Christmas in Switzerland. I so wish I could be in Canada for a traditional family Christmas. I’m going to start some brazilian family traditions with my kiddies for oue hot Christmasses =)

      • superfoodista says

        Thank you so much for your kind words my dear!! 😉 I hope you had a great travel! Yes, I am sure you can introduce some great Christmas traditions, although I had to get used to hot Christmas (like the one in Miami), but as long as you can enjoy with family, it will be great!! Have a wonderful time!! hugs

  2. polianthus says

    oh come on mailanderli arent that bad? the homemade ones, although brunsli and zimtsterne are preferable, despite neither being vegan. Sure they could be veganised pretty easily though :)

    • superfoodista says

      Thank you so much dear! Yes, that was the idea 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by! Wish you a wonderful Cristmas with your loved ones too! 😉 Looking forward to read more from you in the new year!

  3. Darya says

    Lovely. I am a pistachio fanatic, and these are so very pretty, decorated with the pomegranate arils, they looks so “Christmas-ey”. Happy holidays!

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