Date Slice

Date Slice

Date Slice

My obsession with dried fruit is at it’s worst (…or perhaps best) when it comes to dates. I can’t get enough of them. Sweet, squidgy and sticky. What a glorious snack! As dates are simply pieces of dried fruit, they contain iron, fibre and other good things too (although I don’t know if that warrants eating a whole pack in one sitting).

When the little lady and I fancy some kind of baked date goodies, I often turn to this Date and Pecan Loaf. For ages, however, I have been meaning to rustle up a date slice. You know the kind I mean: juicy dates sandwiched between two layers of oaty, buttery crumble. But, I wanted to take the sugar out and sneak in some additional linseed goodness (for the sake of healthy adults and toddlers). So, here it is. A simple and wonderful recipe for date slice.

This recipe made around 15 pieces.

Ingredients

  • 250g stoned dried dates, chopped roughly (not the really dry ones that you buy in a block but the stickier, moist type)
  • few drops vanilla extract
  • 50g wholemeal plain flour
  • 50g ground linseed/ flaxseed
  • 100g oats
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 75g unsalted butter/ vegan margarine
  • 2 tbsp date syrup

Instructions

  1. Put the dates in a small pan with 100ml water. Gently simmer with the lid on for around 5-10 minutes until the dates break down a bit, are soft and have absorbed the water (see photo). Set aside. Date Slice
  2. Mix the flour, linseed, oats and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Gently melt the butter and date syrup together, stirring continuously. Leave to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Once cool, pour the butter syrup mixture into the flour. Stir well to make a firm but sticky dough.
  5. Grease and line a tin with baking paper. As you can see from the photos below, I used one half of a large, flat tin. A smaller tin would, obviously, also work well (probably better!)
  6. Press half the crumble into the tin. Smoothing it out as you go along (see photo below). This can be quite a therapeutic activity as you ensure that each bit of the crumb blends nicely into the other.
  7. Add the dates. Press down and smooth out as you go along.
  8. Add the other half of the crumble mix. Add a little bit at a time, smoothing out and blending into the crumb as you go along.
  9. Bake at 180 for 30 mins. Until the crumble is firm and darker brown around the edges.

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  • Nutritional Highlights: Dates are rich in fibre and a very good source of iron and potassium. They are also rich in calcium and magnesium. The linseed brings some omega 3.
  • First served at: 2 years old
  • A-L rating: She liked these. Small, bite sized pieces are recommended because the little people will always ask for ‘more’.
  • Freezer friendly? Yes
  • Adult adaption: These are great as they are.

Date Slice

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4 thoughts on “Date Slice

  1. Hi! This looks great- I love dates too. Could you suggest a substitute for the ground linseed. I don’t have any ground seeds at all I’m afraid!

    • Hello, what about trying ground almonds instead? I’m sure that would also work well. If you did want to get some ground linseed, you can typically find it in health food shops. Thanks for posting!

  2. Just made these and they’re delicious! I used maple flavoured golden syrup instead and my ground linseeds had ground sesame, pumpkin and dried berries in there too. My 2 yr old loves them, 4 yr old not too sure about the dates – I think she thought she was getting an ordinary flapjack! Defo do them again. Got my dried fruit soaking right now for the very berry fruit cake, let you know how that turns out…Thank- you!

    • Brilliant! That ground linseed mix sounds an amazing ingredient. Glad that your 2 yr old enjoyed them and I hope your 4 yr old is soon won over by the wonder of the date. Definitely let us know how you get on with the very berry loaf and what the verdict is from the little ones…I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they like it! Thanks for stopping by.

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