Top 3 Best Dates Recipes

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Top 3 Best Dates Recipes

The date palm, native to the Middle East, was mentioned as the “tree of life”. In many countries dates are added to salads, couscous dishes, and curries. Because dates are very high in sugar, they can easily be converted into sugar. To make date sugar, arrange sliced dates on a baking sheet and bake at 450 F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until they become very dry and hard as rocks. Grind or process in a food processor to make sugar. These date recipes include Different delicious ingredients like breads, muffins, cookies, appetizers, and sweet bars.

 

1.Gluten-Free Date Bars

A trip to the grocery store might leave you wondering if a healthy snack bar can exist without needing a dictionary to decipher the list of ingredients. Good news is you can make them at home with little effort. Even better news is these gluten-free date bars are also vegan and nut-free, making them a great allergy-friendly alternative to store-bought granola bars for school lunches.

The thick, caramel-like filling nestled between layers of soft oat crumb only seems decadent. In reality, it’s pureed dates that whip up into an vegan caramel when blitzed in the food processor with lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. One bite, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised knowing these date bars are also refined sugar-free.

 

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  1. 18 dried dates (plump; about 300 grams)
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (from 1/2 a small lemon)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

For the Oat Crumb Layer:

  1. 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  2. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  4. 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  5. 6 tablespoons tahini
  6. 6 tablespoons solid coconut oil

 

Steps to Make:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper long enough to hang over the sides.
  • Add the datesto a medium-sized bowl. Add enough hot water just to cover the dates. Let them soak for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile prepare the oat crumb layer. Add 1 cup of oats to the bowl of a food processor. Process until it breaks down into a flour consistency, about 1 minute.
  • Add the remaining oats, sugar, flaxseedmeal, salt, tahini, and coconut oil to the food processor. Pulse just until it comes together into a sandy, clumped mixture. Transfer to a bowl, and wipe the food processor bowl clean.
  • Drain the dates, slip the skins off, and add the fruit to the food processor bowl, along with the lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse a few times to break up the dates, then process until it becomes a creamy, whipped caramel consistency, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Press half of the oat crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the date filling over the crumb layer. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top, gently pressing it into the filling.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is deeply golden. Let the bars rest in the pan until completely cooled. Lift the parchment out of the pan. Cut into 16 bars. Store bars in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.

 

  1. Fabulous Brown Sugar Drop Cookies With a Date Center

This is an easy to make brown sugar drop cookie recipe with a delicious date filling. Instead of using butter or margarine, you can substitute a half shortening and half butter mixture in this recipe (about 4 tablespoons of each).

 

Ingredients

For the Date Filling:

  1. 1 package/8 ounces dates (cut up)
  2. 3/4 cup warm water
  3. 1/4 cup​ ​sugar (granulated)

 

For the Cookie Batter:

  1. 1/2 cup/4 ounces butter or margarine
  2. 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  3. 1 large egg (beaten)
  4. 1/4 cup warm water
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups/9 ounces flour (all-purpose)
  7. 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt

 

Steps to Make:
  • Bring dates, water, and granulated sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, until dates are thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Heat the oven to 350 F.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy; stir in the egg, water, and vanilla.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir or whisk to blend.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until blended.
  • Drop the cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Place about 1/2 teaspoon of the date mixture on the top of each cookie, then place a small dab of cookie dough on top of the date mixture.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

 

3.Date Squares with Oat Crust Recipe

These delicious date squares are made with a crumbly oat crust and a generous date filling.

Dates may not be the first fruit that comes to mind when you think dessert but these oat crusted squares will change your mind!

Most people associate dates — which are high in soluble fiber — with their many digestive track benefits, but that’s not all these little fruits are good for. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals. Some of the potential benefits of dates include helping to fight osteoporosis by contributing to overall bone health. Because dates help the body feel full faster than many other foods they are often used when breaking a fast to avoid overeating. This makes dates a great food for those looking to watch their weight without sacrificing flavor.

 

Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup butter
  2. one cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  3. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  4. one teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon soda
  6. 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats (uncooked)

 

For the Filling:

  1. 1 1/2 pounds dates (chopped)
  2. 1/3 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 cups water
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Steps to Make:
  • Put the dates, 1/3 cup of sugar, water, and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently.  Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Let the mixture cool for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare the crust.
  • Heat the oven to  375. Lightly butter a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  • Cream butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Combine flour, salt, and soda; stir well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture. Mix well. Stir in oats, blending well.
  • Pat about half of the mixture (about 2 1/2 cups or 13 ounces) into the prepared baking pan; spread with date filling then sprinkle evenly with remaining crust mixture. With your hand, tamp down the top crust layer lightly. Bake at 375 for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until browned.
  • Cut into bars while still warm; let cool and remove from pan. Makes 32 to 36 date squares or bars, depending on size.

*For less date filling, use 1 pound of dates and 1/4 cup of sugar with about 1 1/4 cups of water and the same amount of vanilla.

 

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