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Coconut Date Balls

After the success of the Food For the Gods recipe, I have been constantly looking for other recipes that involve dates. Honestly, I have never been much for dates in the past. Most of my experience with dates was in the form of them being a main ingredient in Fruit Cakes. Ugh, the scourge of all holiday gifts or celebrations. Many people say that a Fruit Cake is a never ending gift, as it constantly gets re-gifted.

I have seen a few recipes for coconut date balls, but the recipe sourced here looked very easy as far as ingredients, and amount of time involved in preparing the balls. These are also a no-bake dessert, so that makes things great for summertime when you are really not looking forward to heating up the kitchen with an oven going.

The final piece that makes this a great recipe is the fact that I found a huge vat of pitted dates at Costco. Pitting the dried fruits is one of the most annoying aspects of cooking or baking with dates. To find pitted dates was great, and the price was great for about 4 pounds of dates.

Recipe Adapted From: Clearly Delicious

Ingredients:

* ½ cup butter (softened)
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1 cup dates (pitted)
* 2 cups Rice Krispies
* ½ cup nuts, chopped (i.e., Walnuts)
* ½ teaspoon vanilla
* dash of salt
* sugared shredded coconut, for rolling

Directions:

Combine first four ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir every few seconds while cooking for 5 minutes. Transfer date mixture to a large bowl. Add cereal, nuts, vanilla and salt and stir to combine. Let combined mixture sit for 30-45 minutes until it is cool enough to handle with your hands.

Prepare two pans for balls. First pan line with aluminum foil (this will hold the completed balls). The second pan will hold the coconut used to roll the balls in.

Take a teaspoon and scoop out a small portion of the mixture and roll in your hands to form a ball. Roll the ball in the coconut and then place on the aluminum foil lined pan. Repeat for the remaining mixture. Place pan with balls in the refrigerator to cool.

Makes between 18-24 balls.

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Food For The Gods

So, yesterday while we were out having lunch after the race, my wife asked me to lookup a recipe.  I had talked about making lemon bars, and she said if I could make Food For The Gods, then she would not want any lemon bars.  See, she does not have a real sweat tooth, so I started to look it up.

I asked her about the dessert, and she said it is made in the Philippines especially at the holidays.  See, in the Philippines the Christmas season starts in September.  They do not have Thanksgiving, so for the last 4 months of the year, everyone prepares for Christmas.

Basically, it is a desert bar, similar in consistency to a brownie, but full of total different ingredients.  The base is a sort of molasses with dates and walnuts.  We reviewed a few recipes online, and decided to go with the following one:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and place rack in the upper middle position.  Line a 9″ x 13″ rectangular pan with parchment paperand set aside.
  2. Sift all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. Put half this mixture in another bowl and dredge the chopped dates in there.
  3. Combine melted butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix until batter is uniform. Add honey and mix.
  4. Fold flour into the batter using a rubber spatula. Lastly, fold the dredged dates and walnuts.
  5. Pour the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. Pour the mixture to the prepared pan. Spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes when using a 9”x13” pan, and 15 minutes when cooked in a jelly roll pan. It should be done when you poke a toothpick through the middle and it comes out clean. The center would still be wet.
  6. Cool completely before slicing into bars.
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I woke up this morning, and made the cup of coffee.  Took the jelly roll pan out of the refrigerator to cut the bars.  There were already two missing.  I asked Libra how they were, and she said hey were nearly identical to the ones she has had in the Philippines.  I think I have found dessert number one which will be part of the holiday rotation this year.

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