It is not Christmas in Malta without the traditional Yuletide Christmas Log! This walnut packed log is super easy to make and requires no baking! The original recipe calls for regular cookies and condensed milk. A few years ago I came across a similar recipe to the one I posted below for diabetics*. Over the years I have modified it and made it my own and my dad loves it!
1lb Sugar Free Plain Cookies (like plain shortbread)
8oz pitted Dates
1 cup Milk
1/4 cup orange juice
8 oz Chopped walnuts
2 oz dried cherries
2 tbl Cocoa Powder
1 bar unsweetened baking chocolate (to decorate with)
Put the cookies in a zip lock bag and crush with a kitchen hammer.
In a small pot, dissolve the dates with the milk and orange juice until you have a thick paste.
Using the largest bowl you have in your kitchen, dump all of the ingredients in it and knead.
On a clean surface, roll out a long piece of cling film and place the mixture at the center of it. Shape the mixture into a log, making sure to press and pack it all in so as not to leave any air bubbles inside. Let rest in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
Melt some chocolate and pour it over the top. Using a fork, make horizontal streaks as the chocolate is setting to create a grain pattern. Store in refrigerator.
*Always consult with your physician if you have diabetes about food guidelines and sugar intake. Dried fruit can have a substantial amount of sugar.