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Sticky Date Slice

My mother was a brilliant, sneaky mother. She found ways to get us to eat really healthy things and make it fun and tasty! These sticky date slices were a staple snack in our family and it’s only as an adult when I asked for the recipe that I realised just how good for you they are! To me they’re still a fantastic sweet treat, I just get to enjoy them even more now!

Sticky Date Slice

They are so quick and easy to make too, throw it all in a food processor, blitz it up, rolls, chill, slice and wrap!  Now I have a little stash of these in my fridge whenever I need a quick boost of energy (mostly that post-work pre-dog walk ten minute break I get!)

Sticky Date Slice

I suspect that if you made these into balls rather than slices then they would be in the ‘powerball’ category of healthy snacking.  But let’s not ruin something delicious by loading it down with too much virtue!

Sticky Date Slice

Makes 12 (~70 kcal each)

175g dates (pitted)
50g whole almonds
50g rolled oats
1 tsp honey
~1 tbsp cold water

– Put the dates and the almonds in a food processor and blitz until all chopped up.  You can go for longer if you want a smooth slice, or leave it chunkier for more bite.
– Add the oats and honey and blitz again.
– With the motor running add the water slowly until it comes together in a ball.  You may need a little more water if your dates were very dry but don’t add too much or you will get a VERY sticky slice!
– Turn out onto baking parchment and roll out to a little under the size of an A4 piece of paper.  About 5mm thick.
– Place in the fridge and chill for about an hour.
– Remove from the fridge, slice and wrap in cling film then store in the fridge for later.  (You can also keep them in an airtight container at room temperature but I prefer the bite from keeping them in the fridge!)

 

 

 

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Date and Walnut Scones Recipe

I personally prefer regular sultana scones but my sister loves date and walnut.  I made these for her to eat in hospital as breakfast/dessert/afternoon snack! 

Date and walnut scones

Makes 6

225g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder*
pinch of salt
2 handsful of chopped dates (I judge fruit quantities by eye to get a nice distribution of fruit into each bite)
150ml milk
50g butter, room temperature
1 tbsp caster sugar
a handful of chopped walnuts

– Heat to oven to gas mark 7 and grease a large baking tray. 
– In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. 
– In a separate jug measure out your milk and then add the dates to soak while you do the next stage.  You can also chop them by putting the whole dates and the milk in a goblet blender and pulsing them until they’re chopped and mixed together. 
– Add the butter to the flour and use your hands to rub it until it is fully mixed and looks like fine breadcrumbs. 
– Add the sugar and walnuts. 
– Pour the dates and milk into the flour and mix well until it forms a soft dough, adding more milk a tablespoon full at a time if necessary. 
– Roll out the dough to a thickness of one inch and use a large cutter to cut out rounds of dough and place on the prepared baking tray. 
– Bake for 15 minutes. 
– Serve warm with clotted cream or whatever topping strikes you. 

* I may revise this quantity of baking powder.  My self raising flour is playing silly buggers at the minute and isn’t doing much raising so I erred on the generous side.

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