Date and Orange Cookies

I swear to you, if I could lock the delicious smell of these cookies in a jar, I would do it and then open the jar a couple of times a day and just inhale the lovely aroma of oranges, cinnamon and dates. What a lovely combination and so perfect for Christmas. These cookies are packed with fibre, protein and vitamins and they are nut free, egg free, lactose free and vegan.

Note that you need to grind the rolled oats for a few seconds in a food processor or blender. If you can find finely milled rolled oats, they will do just fine.

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Nut free
  • Vegan

Date and Orange Cookies

Makes 25 cookies


  • 75 grams (2¾ oz) rolled oats (blend for a few seconds in a blender or food processor)
  • 85 grams (3 oz) dates, chopped finely
  • 1 orange (zest only)
  • 150 grams (5¼ oz) spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons aluminium free and gluten free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 120 grams (4 oz) Rapadura (or other raw cane sugar)
  • 100 millilitres (3½ oz) soy milk
  • 4 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil


  1. Place the 75 grams oatmeal in a food processor or blender and mix for 5 seconds.
  2. Grate or zest the orange finely.
  3. Chop the 85 grams dates finely.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together 150 grams spelt flour, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons baking powder. Add the oat meal.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the 100 millilitres soy milk, 4 tablespoons coconut oil, 120 grams raw cane sugar and 4 tablespoons agave nectar.
  6. With a large wooden spoon, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine everything well together.
  7. Add the chopped dates and the orange zest and stir gently.
  8. Place baking parchment on a baking tray.
  9. Drop tablespoons of batter onto the baking parchment and press down lightly with the back of a spoon (to even out bumps).
  10. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius/350 Fahrenheit/Gas Mark 4, for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Cool on a wire rack.


  • You can use maple syrup instead of the agave nectar.         
  • If the coconut oil is cold (in which case it becomes solid), place the jar in a bowl filled with hot water for a couple of minutes.
  • You can use whole wheat flour instead of the spelt flour.
  • You can use regular baking powder instead of the aluminium and gluten free one.
  • You can use raisins instead of the dates.
  • Add a handful of chopped, dark chocolate for an extra special treat.
  • You can use almond milk, rice milk, oat milk or semi-skimmed milk instead of soy milk.