Do you love to bake with dates? They are deliciously sweet, high in fibre and also good for you at the same time. In our family, I like to make something with dates at least once a week, to pop in the lunch box and provide a filling, healthy snack which is high fibre at the same time. My daughter loves the sweetness and they are doing wonders for her digestive system at the same time - particularly when you combine them with oats!
Why don't you make a date recipe this weekend? You are sure to love it!
Ingredients: 1 and a 1/2 cups of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of sultanas, 1/2 cup of chopped dates, 1/4 cup of self-raising flour, 1/4 cup of raw sugar, 2 egg whites, 2 tablespoons of honey and 20g margarine (melted).
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin with oil. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and then add the wet ingredients. Use a teaspoon to spoon the mixture into the mini muffin tin and then press down firmly on each one so the mixture is level with the top of the tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until they are brown around the edges. Cool in tin.
Raw Date & Weet-bix Slice
Ingredients: 5 Weet-Bix, 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup unsalted cashews, 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, 4 Tablespoons cocoa, 2 Tablespoons honey (plus one extra squirt it the mixture isn't forming), 2 Tablespoons water. Icing: 50g milk choc buds, desiccated coconut.
Combine all the main ingredients in a food processor for a couple of minutes until it looks like it is sticking together (if it looks too crumbly, add a squirt of honey into the top). Meanwhile, line a loaf tin with baking paper and then spoon the mixture in, pressing down firmly. Melt the choc buds in the microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until completely melted. Spread over slice. Sprinkle with desiccated coconut. Set in fridge for at least 2 hours before slicing. Makes 10 small squares.
Raw Date & Weet-bix Slice
Sticky Date Pudding
Ingredients: 1 cup dates (chopped), 1 cup self-raising flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 60g butter (melted and cooled), 1/2 cup milk, 2 eggs (lightly beaten), 2 Tablespoons golden syrup, 1/2 cup brown sugar (extra), 60g butter (chopped, extra).
Place dates in a heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over the top to cover. Stand for 10 minutes and then drain. Cool. Preheat oven to 180 degrees, fan-forced. Lightly grease 6 small ramekins. In a bowl, sift the flour and add the sugar. Mix in the melted butter, milk, eggs and drained dates. Mix. Spoon into ramekins and set aside. Place golden syrup, extra sugar, extra butter and 2 cups boiling water into a saucepan and stir over medium heat, until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the sauce over each of the ramekins, slowly over the back of a spoon. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Leave it to stand for 5 minutes and then serve with a dollop of ice-cream.
Chocolate Protein Balls
Ingredients: 1 cup of dates, 1 cup desiccated coconut, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup unsalted cashews, 1/4 cup oats, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence and 2 Tablespoons water.
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and mix until all combined, stopping to scrape down the sides. Roll into balls and then roll in coconut. Makes approximately 20.
Ingredients: 1 cup self-raising flour, 1 cup Rice Bubbles, 1 cup desiccated coconut, 1/2 cup chopped dates, 3/4 cup caster sugar, 2/3 cup vegetable oil and 1 egg.
Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Line a baking tray with baking paper. In a bowl combine all the ingredients. Roll mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and place them on the baking trays, leaving space for them to spread. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden and crispy. Makes 10 - 15, depending on the size.
These baked recipes make the house smell delicious, so they are perfect to make on a cold, cosy day inside. Enjoy!