Coconut Date Squares

Well, you can’t get much better than dates. Well, you can actually. But as sweet things go, you can’t get much better than this. Please tell what is unhealthy about something that has: oats, dates, coconut all in one? Did you know dates are used in sticky toffee pudding too? It’s INSANE. They are amazing because they are so goddamn sweet, and yes they have sugar in them. BUT they’re natural sugars. Let’s stop talking about dates.

What we have here is a porridge, coconut and date base, with a date and water topping and then a bit more of the base crumbled on top.

I’ve just finished my January university exams. I revised (attempted) all winter at home which was crap, and it was worsened by the constant pain of my back injury. I then returned to Leeds, revised for 10 days, 10am-7pm whilst sitting 4 exams in 4 of those 10 days (with one on a Saturday morning might I add). Finishing felt good. But I had a free week before lectures started, so decided to have a proper holiday, with no work and a bit more running. Thus I have lots of spare time to make things like this. Enjoy.  OH YEAH MAKE SURE THE DATES ARE SEEDLESS

Ingredients-Makes 6 filling squares -Adapted from Oh She Glows

Base-

-1 cup of porridge oats

-1/2 cup of dessicated coconut

-1/2 cup of coconut oil, or vegetable oil(obviously unhealthier though)

-5 Dates

Topping

-25 dates, maybe more.

-1 cup of water

Method

For the base

-In a food processor, combine the porridge and coconut until it has a bit of a floury texture

-Add the dates, and process until it resembles crumble, a bit like rubble.

-Then melt the coconut oil , but if using vegetable oil you don’t need to, then add to the mixture and process until the mixture is sticky and looks like it could bind well without falling apart.

-Prepare a small container, about 3×5 inch, with a sheet of baking paper covering all sides.

-Place the base mixture into the container and push down firmly. It’s not rocket science. Reserving some to place on top later.

For the topping

-Process the dates with the water until it’s like a thick paste, adding more dates or more water when needed.

-Scoop out mixture and spread on top of base, then sprinkle the remaining of the base mixture on top. Or if you like, with more oats and coconut, uncombined.

-Leave to set in the fridge for 3 hours minimum.


2 Comments

Filed under Healthy Sweets, Quick, Vegan, Vegetarian

2 responses to “Coconut Date Squares

  1. Sounds great! I will try this for sure :)

  2. Pingback: Cooking Up My Bookmarks: Really Good, Really Healthy Brownies | A Thrifty Foodie

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