Product Review! Natural Delights Medjool Dates happen to be an item I snack on regularly at work (and am in love with), so when I received a voucher for this particular product from Troy Dettwiler I actually couldn’t resist. I won’t be doing requested product reviews for anything I’m not already in love with, as I’ve had a request or two from products and services I don’t intend to ever use myself- so why endorse them here? I’ll be working on a few different items with the medjool dates but first on the list: date squares. Sure, sounds like something you’d rather leave for the retirement home, but trust me they’re delicious. I’ve added orange zest, flaked coconut and white chocolate, so it’s more of a dessert than a breakfast item- though you know I love making sweets that double as breakfast 😉
Coconut, White Chocolate + Orange Date Squares: makes a 9 by 11 inch pan
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 TB vanilla extract
1 orange, zest only
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1 cup dates
1/2 cup white chocolate chunks or chips
-Preheat oven to 375 F.
-In a large bowl use a spatula to blend the butter, sugar, vanilla, orange zest, and egg until smooth.
-Separately: mix together your flour, salt, and soda.
-Stir the flour into the butter mixture until almost combined but still a little bit of flour remaining, and at this stage add the rest of your ingredients.
-Fold carefully until everything is just combined, do not over mix.
-Pour the batter into a greased baking pan lined with parchment paper (9 inches by 11 inches) and spread the mix until you have an even layer throughout. The raw batter will be quite a thin layer in the pan, but it’ll puff to just the right height.
-Bake until light golden on the top, approx 20-30 mins depending on your oven. Push the top of the bars lightly- if it sinks where you pressed: it’s not quite ready. If it springs back slightly and holds it’s shape: it’s ready.
-I usually cool these types of items on a wire rack for about 15 mins or so, until they are just slightly warm to the touch, and wrap them at this stage. This traps in the last tiny bit of warmth and keeps them soft and moist for later.
Next up- oatmeal cookies with medjool dates substituted for the raisins… also delicious!