No-Bake Date Cookies

This is an adaptation of a recipe which I found online that I have tweaked so that it’s more to my taste! They are very quick and easy to make, you don’t need to bake them, and they are perfect for toddlers (and parents!).

To make them you will need:

  • 1 cup of dates (stones removed)
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut, ground almonds, or a combination of the two. My favourite is a 50:50 mix
  • 1/2 cup porridge oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or other dried fruit—try cranberries)
  • 3 tbsp Tahini paste (If you’ve never come across this, it is just crushed sesame seeds)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
  • A pinch of salt

Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking parchment. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and whizz it all up! Don’t overdo it, you don’t want to end up with a uniform paste—some chunks are good! Remove the blade and using a spoon take a blob of the mixture and rub it between your hands to create balls about an inch in diameter. Flatten these slightly into fat cookie shapes and place on the baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least an hour and then try not to eat the whole lot at once! If any of them do survive the initial munching then they are best stored in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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