Date and Cinnamon Squares

Fancy an utterly moreish and fudge-like sweet treat? Then these date and cinnamon squares are a real crowd-pleaser – they’re soft, tasty yet easy to prepare with minimal ingredients involved. You can make them ahead of time plus they’re naturally free from refined sugar as well as being dairy and gluten free.

These tasty bites are packed full of nutrients and minerals from the almonds and dates (calcium and phosphorous) to include fibre, calcium and vitamin E. All you need to make these wondrous squares are:

INGREDIENTS:

(Makes roughly 16 squares)
(use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

300g of medjool dates, pitted and at room temperature
1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
200g of walnuts
100g of almonds, roughly chopped and 400g of ground almonds
1/4 cup of maple syrup
½ teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt
1 level teaspoon of ground cinnamon

From your kitchen:

A mixing bowl
A wooden spoon
A sharp knife
A food processor (optional – if you don’t have one you can use a rolling pin and bag to crush your nuts and a fork to mash up the medjool dates with the maple syrup)
A deep brownie dish
A silicone spatula
A couple of teaspoons for measuring

Method:

STEP 1:
For the base layer all you have to do is combine the ground and chopped almonds, coconut oil, ground cinnamon and Himalayan salt in your mixing bowl using a wooden spoon. Flatten the base layer with your silicone spatula and set to one side.

STEP 2:
To prepare your date filling, blitz (or mash with a fork) the dates and maple syrup together, this is much easier when the dates are at room temperature and are at their softest and pliable point. Using your spatula, spread your squidgy and smooth date filling evenly over your nutty base layer.

STEP 3:
Lastly, for your crumble topping you will only need to blitz up your walnuts until they resemble a course sand-like consistency and appearance. Sprinkle over the top with an extra dusting of cinnamon if you like and refrigerate your squares for at least 2 hours or overnight.

FACT: As well as being one of nature’s natural sweeteners, dates also reducing triglyceride levels.

TOP TIP: These squares are best enjoyed on workout days and preferably in the evening.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niki Bakes has been a gluten free and dairy free food blogger for over five years. Her blog is dedicated to tasty yet nutritionally balanced dishes that are straightforward and easy to prepare.

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