Wait a minute!! Rewind! Hold the phone!! LESS than 2 weeks?!! Yikes!! Xmas is sneaking up on us, folks!
Aaaanywhoo... one of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to listen to Christmas music. I turn on Pandora and let Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey serenade me as I walk the streets of NYC - or more accurately, dodge shoppers and tourists/brave inclement weather/avoid sludge puddles/attempt not to get frostbite or get trampled by protesters....you get the picture ;)
Well, I was strolling away today, when one of my favorite --albeit "out there"-- Christmas tunes came on: Mele Kalikimaka! Maybe it was my fascination with Hawaii growing up, or my slight obsession with the Disney movie, Rip Girls, but I have always found that luau-tastic, tropical Christmas tune to be a welcomed delight!
So, with that tune stuck in my head, and envisioning Santa donning a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts, I came up with today's recipe.
You can call it a Hawaiian Christmas Cookie :)
Because you see, once I started to think about Santa on the beach...my mind only took me to one place.....................PINA COLADAS!! :D
Introducing, my Pina Colada Cookies!
Raw, Gluten and Grain Free, Vegan, Paleo, and Specific Carb Diet friendly....these babies are, in a word, DELICIOUS!!
Tropical little healthy cookie bites that take your taste buds to Hawaii:) ((Sorry...I'm a little cheesy today)) lol
Here's what you need! (Makes 10 cookies) -- enough for 3-4 people ;)
5 dates, pitted
4 dried pineapple rings
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 Tbsp coconut butter (NOT oil)
Optional: melted dark chocolate (not SCD)
Put everything in the food processor and process for about a minute until everything is roughly the same size. (Like the size of peppercorns). Then, roll 1 Tbsp of dough into balls. Chill for at least 20 minutes, and enjoy.
(Tip: the dough may feel a bit wet when you roll it into balls initially, but that's just the heat from the food processor melting the oils in the coconut butter. This will go away and "firm up" after 20 minutes in the fridge.)
Optional: Melt about 1/4 cup dark chocolate in the microwave (do 30 second increments, stirring in between) or double boiler, and dip half of the cookie. (Do this after they've firmed in the refrigerator for 20 minutes).
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way.....oh sorry guys, you caught me day dreaming about my toes in the sand while chewing on these AMAZING COOKIES!!
They're so tropical -- it's seriously the cookie form of a Pina Colada! You've got the pineapple, you've got the coconut, you've got the sweetness from the dates....now all you need is rum!
But seriously, these are delicious. They're sticky and chewy, and the dark chocolate just takes them over the top.
Not to mention they look super elegant and "dressed up!"
I can't wait to share these at the next Christmas party!
And you don't have to tell anyone that they're secretly healthy!! :D
So Cheers to you, Old Saint Nick!
I'll take a Pina Colada over Eggnog any day! ;)
What's your favorite holiday tune?
See you soon!