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!
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!)
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!
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!)