Good Eats: Cookies & Milk Monday

Kind of funny, but I have dates coming out of my ying yang! For real! 4 massive bag of dates. Why did I buy so many you may be asking yourself? I didn’t! They were a gift from a very kind Emirati friend. We LOVE dates in our household; however I have never had so many in my home at one time!

My bestie came by yesterday. She peered inside a bowl I had sitting on our kitchen island asking “what is that?”. It was one of the bags we opened when the kids decided to make date smoothies over the weekend. Besides the date smoothies and dates packed in Ruby’s lunchbox I was drawing blanks. My friend suggested to bake with. Huh…never even crossed my mind. Silly now that I think of it!

So as I tidied up the kitchen this AM, looking at the sad bowl of dates and the box sitting miserably in the corner, I knew it was time I put those sweet treasures to good use!

My all-time favourite and easiest cookie recipe are these oaties {HERE}

I pondered around on Pinterest searching for date recipes and of course all that was popping up was…yes…ideas for preparing a dinner for a DATE note dates as in the fruit! Grrr!

What does one do with so many dates? I have two easy recipes for ya! I wanted to add Date Bars & Date Cake however I am waiting for my little baker to return from school to help prepare them with me and I won’t post it until it’s been tried and tested:)

Banana & Date smoothie (blend the following):

  • 3 dates
  • 1 banana
  • A couple of ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup milk (you have to try Koita yummmo)
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon powder

Date & Coconut Oaties

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup of dates, chopped into raisin-sized morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts if you like)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg an vanilla and mix
  2. Add flour, bakign soda and salt and mix with butter until combined
  3. Add oatmeal, dates, nuts and coconut. Stir well.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop spoonfuls of the dough on it
  5. Bake for roughly 10 minutes at 180c and allow to cool on a cookie rack
  6. Store in an airtight container

 

 

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