I’ve gone a bit date crazy lately. Of all the dried fruits, no other has the potential for such deliciousness (hello sticky date pudding). So when I found this recipe for a no butter no sugar treat including dates, I had to give it a go.
If you are trying to cut down on your sugar intake, pure apple juice concentrate (available from health food shops) is a great alternative for sweetening your baking.
I have tried these biscuits on toddlers to adults, and everyone seems to agree that they are pretty special. They have a bit of a muesli bar flavour but without all the crazy preservatives and hidden sugars.
These are about to be my morning tea for the week, and frankly I am looking forward to 10.30am.
10 pitted dates
6 tbsp apple juice concentrate
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 cup sultanas
½ cup nuts
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180°C and spray two trays with cooking oil.
Place the dates and apple juice concentrate in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for about four minutes, until the dates are soft. Puree the dates and juice in a blender or food processor and place in a large bowl.
Add the oats, sultanas, nuts (I used walnuts), oil and cinnamon and mix well.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until fluffy and fold into the mixture.
Use your hands to form and compress the mix into golf ball size, then flatten with your hand. It can be a little crumbly so you may need to spend a little time bringing each biscuit together. Place all of the biscuits on the tray and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Allow them to cool on the tray – if you move them too soon they will fall apart. Store in an air-tight container.