Niki’s Date and Cinnamon Squares

Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Sweet

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Hello Everyone!

Fancy an utterly moreish and fudge-like sweet treat? My Date and Cinnamon Squares are so soft, tasty yet easy to prepare with minimal ingredients involved. You can make them ahead of time and they’re naturally free from refined sugar as well as being dairy and gluten free.  These wonderful bites are packed full of nutrients and minerals from the dates (calcium and phosphorous) and almonds 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.

 

 

Guys I do hope you give these a try, they are a real crowd pleaser and you will be pleasantly surprised at how sweet they taste, dates are truly nature’s natural sweetener whilst also reducing triglyceride levels. These squares are best enjoyed on workout days and preferably and the evening.

 

Happy Baking!

Niki

Recipe Creator

https://draxe.com/medjool-dates/

https://draxe.com/almonds-nutrition/

Niki’s Gooey Hazelnut Slabs

2016, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Sweet, Winter

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Ciao mi amore,
With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, I wanted to share my smooth, decadent and sweet hazelnut slabs. They are a triple layer slice so this is probably one of my most decadent sweet treats to date. The good news? These slabs are completely gluten free and contain no processed sugar so you can enjoy these with hardly any guilt and know that this treat is actually high in antioxidants from the raw cocoa powder and all that vitamin E from the nuts. Here’s how to make these beauties, enough for about 12 slabs:

For the crunchy nutty layer:

200g of pitted dates
150g of hazelnuts
100g of almonds
1 tsp of coconut oil

For the gooey caramel layer:

220g of pitted dates
3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
1 tsp of coconut oil

For the smooth dark chocolate layer:

3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
¼ cup of raw cocoa powder
¼ cup of coconut oil, melted
¼ cup of chopped hazelnuts

Of course, no baking is involved here so all make sure you have all the above ingredients to hand and also have a small brownie or deep square dish which has been lined with greaseproof paper. A food processor and plastic spatula is really your two main friends here so make sure you also have these to hand throughout the preparation as well. Firstly, for the crunchy base of your slabs simple whizz up your nuts first and then slowly add in your dates and coconut oil. Smooth out onto your baking dish and freeze for 20 minutes. The caramel layer is probably my favourite part as it’s so utterly gooey and soft, I love biting into this part of the slab especially. After the 20 minutes has finished, you simply need to blitz your dates until they are very smooth and gradually add in your coconut oil and maple syrup, this will literally take 20 seconds. Freeze again for another 10 minutes. Whilst you are waiting for this, you can make the topping by simply melting your coconut oil and gradually whisking in the raw cocoa powder to create the luxurious and smooth chocolate layer. Add in your maple syrup and then finally top off with your chopped hazelnuts, freeze for a final (I promise!) 15 minutes and they will be ready to eat! I hope you enjoy these slabs my lovely readers and remember…I love you all very much. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog. All feedback is welcome to feel free to comment on my website here or on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/nikibakes

Happy Baking!

Niki

Niki’s Energy Bites

2015, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Super Quick, Sweet

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Summer. Longer days and plenty of sunshine, what’s not to love? Sometimes we may feel like we need that extra boost to enjoy the day more…no need to head for an ice-cream though, try my energy balls instead. They are perfect on the go and provide that pick me up without the heaviness or richness that even a chilled desert can sometimes bring us. All you need for 20 small energy balls are:
½ cup dessicated coconut
½ cup of pitted dates
½ cup of almonds
¼ cup of sunflower and pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Simply blitz in a food processer and form whatever small shapes you like for your energy bites. Delicious and healthy!

Happy Baking!
Niki