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When a recipe calls for “Dairy or non dairy” that means that one can use traditional dairy milk or soy, rice or almond milk.
October Recipe of the Month
Halloween is right around the corner and there’s no need to get spooked by processed goodies. Here’s a sweet treat from our latest book, The Memory Diet-More than 150 Healthy Recipes for the Proper Care and Feeding of Your Brain.
Double Energy Date Squares
Skip the processed granola type bars and grab a Double Energy Date Square. Perfect on the go snack or warmed up with vegan sorbet on top.
Yield: 22 Square Bars
3 cups of whole pitted dates (about 35 large dates)
3 1/2 cups oat flour
4 cups rolled oats
8 Quinoa Coconut Cookies (We use Andean Dream Coconut Cookies)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
3/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1 cup coconut oil-at liquid state
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
2. Soak dates for about 30 minutes in 3 cups of water to soften. Drain and place dates in a food processor and process for about 10 seconds to get a pasty smooth consistency. Place date mixture in a medium bowl and set aside.
3. Place cookies in a small plastic bag and crush them with the bottom of a glass or hammer to make cookie crumbs.
3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, rolled oats, cookie crumbs, cinnamon, pecans and sunflower seeds and mix well.
4. In another bowl, blend together the coconut oil (warm up oil to make sure it’s at a liquid state), maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
5) Add the maple syrup liquid ingredients to the flour mixture and mix well.
5. Press half of the mixture into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Spread the pureed dates over the mixture, top with the remaining half of the flour mixture and press down lightly.
6. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and cut into squares.
Change it up
-Instead of date’s use 1 cup dried apricots or black mission figs.
-Add 1 cup of thinly sliced apple to date mixture for Apple Date Bars.
-Add 1 cup pumpkin pulp to date mixture for Pumpkin Date Bars.
-Substitute Dates with 3 cups fresh blueberries