Servings : Makes 30-40 squares
The best thing about these treats is that they are quite a healthy sweet! Plus, they take so little time/effort to prepare…yet the results are always outstanding.
- 500gm dates, deseeded
- 1 tbsp. desiccated coconut (plus some extra for garnishing)
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. khaskhas/poppy seeds
- 3/4 cup cashews, roasted and crushed
- 1/4 cup crushed cornflakes
- some almond flakes for garnishing
Heat the butter in a pan, then add the desiccated coconut followed by the poppy seeds. Fry them in the butter on low heat, they will brown very fast so keep your eye on it. The minute they start changing color, quickly add in the deseeded dates and cook them on medium heat whilst stirring often until they soften. Dates soften very quickly, keep stirring them with a wooden spoon as they cook…it should take less than 10 minutes to get them soft and mushy (depending on the kind of dates you are using).
Once softened, add the crushed cashews and the cornflakes. You can increase or decrease these two depending on how soft or hard you want the truffles and squares to be. Once well mixed, turn the dates out onto a buttered square pan, then press the almond flakes all over and let it cool for a few hours before slicing….or alternatively you can shape the dates into balls/truffles whilst still warm. Then press each truffle into some desiccated coconut or almond flakes to decorate.
These can keep for weeks stored in a container or months in the refrigerator.