Pecan Date Nibblers (with “Dreena & Daughters” video!)

Hello my plant-powered buddies!  You get a “2 for 1″ special today.  First, my recipe for Pecan Date Nibblers from LTEV (which are oil-free, sugar-free, and have a gluten-free option), AND you get to see this recipe in the making.

So, today instead of typing – I’ll let you watch me talking!


Pecan Date Nibblers
oil-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free option

I’d been hankering for a baked cookie using dates as the primary sweetener; looking for a good pairing, I used pecans — perfect with their natural butteriness. The first batch was a winner, and these healthy, tasty little nibblers needed repeating!

1 cup whole pecans
1 cup pitted dates
1 tbsp nut butter of choice (or can substitute 1 tbsp organic extra-virgin coconut oil if you prefer)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
½ cup + 1 tbsp light or sifted spelt flour (see note for gf option)
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp (scant) sea salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp lemon or orange zest (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor, first pulse the pecans until just crumbly. Then add the dates, nut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup. Pulse again until the dates are broken up into smaller pieces (but not fully processed, leave some chunkier pieces). In a bowl, sift in the flour and baking powder, and then stir in the salt, cinnamon, and zest. Add the dry mixture to the processor and pulse until the mixture starts to come to- gether. (It does not need to be fully formed into a dough, but should hold together when pressed or squeezed into a ball in your hand.) Once at this stage, stop processing. Place spoonfuls of the dough (about a couple teaspoons to 1 tbsp in size) on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes.  Remove from the oven, let cool on the pan for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack.  Makes 12 – 14 nibblers (please note: LTEV recipe indicates 16-20 as a yield, this should be 12-15).

Allergy-Free or Bust! For a gluten-free version, replace the spelt flour with 1⁄3 cup of rice flour, 11⁄2 tablespoons of tapioca starch flour, and 1⁄2 teaspoon of xanthan gum. That easy!

Extra-Extra!: Try adding some cranberries, non-dairy chocolate chips, or rolled oats (about 2-3 tbsp of either).

Recipage link here.

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23 Responses to Pecan Date Nibblers (with “Dreena & Daughters” video!)

  1. Alison says:

    I just had to make these after watching your video. But, I only had 3/4 cup of pecans. I also had no Spelt flour. So, I used 3/4 cup of pecans and 1/4 cup macadamia nuts. I used whole wheat flour (just 1/2 cup as you suggested above). They turned out beautifully! My kids love them.

    Thank you.

  2. Robin says:

    This looks great. I only have a small food processor, can this be mixed by hand at some point? I don’t think all of he ingredients will fit.

    • Dreena says:

      Robin, you might give it a try in your processor, as it doesn’t make a really big batch. Try just processing the dates and pecans (you might have to do in two batches), and then transfer to a bowl to mix the rest in! Good luck, hope it works out!

  3. Rosalyn says:

    Have you ever tried coconut flour? These looks so good! I can’t wait to make them!

    • Dreena says:

      Hi Rosalyn, yes, I have used coconut flour – it’s lovely! It’s more absorbent than regular flour, so if you want to sub it here, you might need just about 1/3 cup instead of 1/2. Enjoy!

  4. Tiffany says:

    Hi Dreena,

    The pecan nibblers look delicious!

    I want to make your Millet Amaranth porridge (from Vive le Vegan) but I’d like to adjust the recipe to one serving…How can that be done?

    Would using 3T of millet and 1T of amaranth work well? Would I also divide the water and milk servings by 4?

    Thank you so much!! :)

    • Dreena says:

      Hi Tiffany, yes, you could divide everything by 4 – might be a little easier to just cut the recipe in half and save leftovers for another day – would reheat well, covered and warmed in toaster oven or reg oven – might just need a little extra milk to soften and thin out. That help?

      • Tiffany says:

        Thank you Dreena! The porridge turned out wonderful :)

        I recently saw this commercial

        Its a Got Milk Ad about naming the ingredients in imitation milk. I was a little hurt because I don’t drink milk but I do consume almond milk and small amounts of soy milk. I just felt that the ad wad targeting those of us that consume such products and labeling it as artificial. I don’t think almond, soy, and rice milk are trying to imitate milk exactly but they are something new in their own right with lots of health benefits as opposed to drinking milk.

        I’d love to hear your opinion…Thanks! :)

  5. Ricki says:

    Great video, Dreena! I love the background commentary. :D And I am SO using your trick to get cookies off the cookie sheet from now on!!

  6. Katrina says:

    Your daughter is adorable. I burst out laughing about the Aunt Jemima comment. This recipe sounds scrumptious… num num num….

  7. jennP says:

    i Love this video! it’s adorable to have your daughter commenting along the way ! I will definitely try this recipe :)

  8. Dreena, I love these videos! You are great in front of the camera & you’re daughter is a pro with the camera :)

    So excited to have this mouthwatering recipe since (as you know) I don’t have my copy of LTEV with me right now. You really are the cookie queen.

    (And for the record, forgive me for saying this, but your Canadian accent is so cute! Love it.)

    • Dreena says:

      Oh thanks Janae!! That’s so kind of you. Funny, I never think I have an accent – guess we all think that!! :)

  9. Dana says:

    Dreena- these look fantastic! What a great idea to use pecans for that buttery taste! Not sure how I missed these in my now dog-eared copy of LTEV, but I will be trying them this weekend. I don’t have any spelt flour on hand, so I might try half oat flour and half garbanzo bean flour. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dreena says:

      Hi Dana, well, there’s a LOT of cookies in that book, easy to miss a few. :) Oat will work fine, I haven’t tested with chickpea flour, so not sure how they’d taste, just fyi. There’s also a gf option if you’d like to try that. Thanks for the note!

  10. Sandy Pluss says:

    Yum – can’t wait to try these :-)
    And you look ABSOLUTELY STUNNING in this video :-)

  11. Siew Wei says:

    Hi may I know is it alright to substitute whole wheat flour for spelt flour?

    • Dreena says:

      Yes, you can, sometimes with wheat flour you need a little less, so 1/2 cup might be enough, rather than using the extra 1 tbsp.

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