Today, my first intention was to redo my regular date squares recipe. We were going to ski in the afternoon and I wanted the kids to have a nice healthy snack after doing some outdoor sport with a nice hot chocolate.
But it turned out a bit different when I decided to change a few ingredients, first by trying to find an alternative to the sugar I usually put in. I also add lemon juice, so I decided to modify that part by orange. I just took one orange and squeezed the juice out and after I took some zest of the skin. Then I reviewed all the ingredients and finally I ended up with something a bit different but really tasty and flavourful.
Something different too is the thickness. The original recipe call for a 8″x8″ square oven dish, but I did not have one in hand so I had to do with a 8″x4″ loaf pan. It was as good! (More filling! :-) )
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes
- 2 1/2 cups (625ml) of organic chopped and pitted Mejdool dates
- 2/3 cup (166ml) of water
- 1/3 cup (83ml) of freshly pressed organic orange juice
- 1tbsp. (15ml) of organic orange zest
- 1 1/4 (312ml) of organic oatmeal
- 1/2 cup (125ml) of organic quinoa flakes
- 1/4 cup (62.5ml) of organic almond flour
- 3/4 cup (187.5ml) of organic millet flour
- 1/4 cup (62.5ml) of organic tapioca starch
- 1/2 cup (125ml) of finely chopped organic walnuts
- 1/4 tsp. (1.25ml) of baking powder
- 3/4 cup (187.5ml) of melted organic coconut oil
- Preheat your oven to 350º.
- In a small pot, put the dates, the orange juice, the water and the zest and cook for about 5 minutes or until it turns into puree, then let it cool.
- In a small bowl, combine the oatmeal, the quinoa flakes, the millet flour, the almond flour, the tapioca starch, the walnuts and the baking powder.
- Add the coconut oil to the oat mix.
- Take an 8″x4″ oven dish and line it with parchment paper, it is very sticky and can be hard to remove.
- Put half of the oatmeal mix at the bottom and press firmly to make it even.
- Then add the date mix and spread evenly.
- Finish with the balance of the oatmeal mix.
- Put it in the oven for 55 minutes.
- When you take it out of the oven, let it cool for at least 2 hrs before you remove it from it’s dish otherwise it won’t hold and it will only be good to add to your cereals (still good but not what you want).