Date Crumble Squares

These date squares are absolutely scrumptious! I love the simple but so delicious date filling, the crumbles are made with lots of healthy oats and is sweetened with maple syrup. While these squares were baking, it filled the kitchen with comforting smells of vanilla and cinnamon!

Date Crumble Squares

For the filling:

  • 30 Medjool dates, pitted and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

For the Crumbles:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/4 spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 egg

-Line a 9 x 9-inch baking form with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.

-For the filling, combine dates, orange juice and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer on low heat, stir and simmer for about 5 minutes, then remove from heat to cool down a bit while preparing crumbles.

-For the crumbles whisk together the egg, oil and maple syrup. Add the oats, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract and stir until well combined.

-Press half of the crumbles into the bottom of the prepared baking form. Spread date filling evenly over base and top with remaining crumbles.

-Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. The top crumbles will be golden brown.

-Let cool before cutting into squares.

Happy Weekend!

Ursula

xo

No-Bake Fruit Pie with Coconut Milk Custard

Happy Weekend everyone!

This is an other no bake dessert. The crust is made out off nuts and dates-that’s all! Filled with my Coconut Milk Custard, which I used in a previous recipe, Coconut Custard mini tarts with mixed berries, and topped with fruit of your choice…so delicious and healthy:) I will definitely make this again.

 

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Prepare Custard in advance.

 

No-Bake-Fruit Pie

Crust:

  • 1cup Medjool dates
  • (if you use other dates, soak them in water first to soften a bit)
  • 3cups mixed raw nuts

-Grease a 9-inch pie dish.

-In a food processor grind nuts and dates until finely chopped. It should stick together. Spread evenly into pie dish.

 

Coconut Custard:

-Prepare Custard ahead.

 

-Fill pie with the Coconut Milk Custard and top with fruit of your choice. I used Blueberries, Kiwis and Orange-Segments.

-Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, it will be easier to serve.

 

 

 

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Enjoy!

 

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Christmas Baking

Here are some of the Christmas Cookies I have been making this year. Most of them are old European (Swiss/German) recipes that my Grandmothers and my Mother used to make.

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Nusshaufchen, Zimtsterne, Maple Cookies, Spitzbuben and Domino Stones (you can find the recipe here Sweet Domino Stones). I also made a fruit cake-with raisins soaked in Kirsch Schnapps overnight-amazing:)

 

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I also made some Truffles (made with dark Chocolate and Coconut milk, no added sugar)-these were delicious!!

 

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My favorite: Spitzbuben with homemade red currant jelly-so delicate:) My mother gave my those cute cookie cutters years ago when my kids were still little.

 

Most of the cookies are already gone! I had to actually hide some of the Spitzbuben because I was not able to eat (chew) cookies after my surgery. So they are waiting for me in a special hiding place;)

I decided to make some more cookies. I found two great recipes that are slightly healthier-without white refined sugar-great!

If you like Walnuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Dates and Honey-you will LOVE these cookies!!

Found the recipe in a German magazine.

 

Date-Nut Cookies

For the dough:

  • 200g whole wheat flour
  • 100g white flour
  • 50g hazelnuts, ground
  • 1 egg
  • 100g honey
  • 160g butter, cold

For the filling:

  • 200g dates, finely chopped
  • 50g almonds, finely chopped
  • 50g honey
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • dash cloves
  • dash cardamom

-Combine flour and nuts, add egg, honey and butter. Mix together (like a pie dough) until it holds nicely together. Wrap in plastic foil and refrigerate for 1 hour.

-Mix together dates, spices and honey.

-Roll half of the dough out to fit into a square or rectangle baking dish (30cm length). Spread filling evenly onto dough. Roll out remaining dough and cover filling. Gently press down a bit.

-Bake in preheated 350F/180C oven for 20 minutes.

-Let cool. Cut into triangles. Decorate with almonds, icing or chocolate.

-Yields: about 20

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Following recipe adapted from a Martha Stewart magazine. I used coconut sugar.

 

Honey-Walnut-Coins

  • 2 1/2c white flour
  • 3/4tsp sea salt
  • 3/4cup finely chopped (toasted) walnuts, plus 48 walnut halves for decorating
  • 1cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4cup coconut sugar
  •  1/3cup honey, (orange blossom or regular)
  • 1/4cup honey for brushing

-Combine flour, salt and walnuts. Beat butter until fluffy, add sugar, beat until pale and fluffy. Beat in honey. Add flour mixture and beat just until combined. Halve dough.

-On parchment paper, shape each portion into a round log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 6 1/2 inches long. Wrap tightly in plastic foil and chill 1 1/2 hours.

-Preheat oven to 325F. Let dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices, rotating log as you go to keep it from flattening. Place round on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Spacing 1 inch apart. Press a walnut half into each round.

-Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are pale golden, about 18 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks; brush cookies with honey. Let cool completely.

-Can be stored in a airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Merry Christmas!

Nut & Date Chocolate Balls

These little Energy Treats are high in Iron, which has become a very important part in my Diet. I am trying to get my Iron levels up, but that has become a harder task than I thought. Even with Supplements and Iron rich foods, my body doesn’t seem to cooperate. I do love homemade Granola, Cereal Bars and Energy Balls. They are so healthy and delicious. My kids love homemade Bars or Balls for School. Covered in Chocolate makes them look more like Truffes-yummy!

  • 2cups  walnuts
  • 2cups  dates (pitted)
  • 1cup    cashews
  • 1tbsp   coconut oil
  • (3tbsp cocoa powder) optional
  • 3tbsp  rum (I used cherry schnapps)-use water or juice if these are for kids
  • 1cup    dark chocolate
  • himalayan salt

-In a food processor, process nuts and dates until finely ground. Add coconut oil, (cocoa   powder), rum. Process until smooth.

-With a small scoop shape into balls. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until hardened.

-Melt Chocolate over a double boiler.

-Dip balls in chocolate, sprinkle with salt or walnut pieces. Keep refrigerated.

Yields around 30 balls

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