Here’s the other dish that I made for last night’s dinner. These were a big hit with the adults, but not so much with the kids. Well, my kid at least didn’t like the cardamom in them, but that just left more for us adults! This recipe doesn’t make a lot–probably about 12 slices.
(By the way, I stole this recipe from One Hot Stove–minus the cream and whole milk, that is! )
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2-3/4 cup soy milk
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds optional
- Chop the dates coarsely. (I used a food processor to do this.)
- Chop the walnuts coarsely. (You may toast them if you wish, but I didn’t.) Grind the almonds to a powder (again, use the food processor).
- In a small saucepan, combine the dates and 1/2 cup soy milk. Bring to a boil and then simmer on medium-low heat, stirring often, till the dates break down and the mixture cooks into a thick consistency that leaves the sides of the saucepan. If it seems to be drying out before the dates break down, add some more soy milk, up to another 1/4 cup.
- Turn off the heat. Stir in walnuts, cardamom and a pinch of salt and combine well. Let the mixture cool almost to room temperature.
- Place the date mixture on a plastic sheet and form it into a long roll. Roll it in almond powder to get it coated.
- Place the roll in the freezer for an hour or more, then cut into 1/2 inch thick slices. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the slices if desired. (Supposedly you can store these in the freezer for a quick treat, but I wouldn’t know; they were all gone pretty fast when I served them.)
Nutritional info is approximate.
I will definitely make this again. E. will just have to get used to the taste of cardamom.
Thanks to Nupur at One Hot Stove for the great recipe!
SusanVAugust 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm
Here are the post’s original comments:
Can I just say that your slices look sooo much prettier than mine??!! Thanks for trying the recipe. I am going to try and write more vegan recipes…that is a direction in which I am headed too.
For people who don’t like cardamom, maybe we could experiment with other spices/flavors…cardamom and ginger spring to mind.
5:38 PM, January 29, 2006
Thanks for posting the Ethiopian dishes last week. I made the Ethiopian lentil stew from the PPK site, along with your potato and green bean dish. Yummy!
9:37 AM, January 30, 2006
Nupur, I thought your slices looked great! I particularly liked them paired with the orange slices. I think it’s great that you’re headed in a vegan direction, and I’ll keep checking your blog for more great recipes.
Hi Jenni–I’m so glad you liked the potato/green bean dish! I’m going to have to try the PPK lentil stew.
8:42 PM, January 30, 2006
I made these last night for my parents’ anniversary dinner and they were absolutely delicious. I was wondering, though, do you have any idea about the nutritional info for them? Thanks!
2:31 PM, September 15, 2008
GabrielleMay 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm
i’m trying to imagine the taste of these with cardamum, does is stand out a lot, i do like the spice- but i want to make these as a dessert, would cinnimon work better for a more sweet cookie type taste?
SusanVJune 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm
I think cinnamon would be delicious.
Kathy WilkinsonJanuary 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm
Sounds yummy. I happen to have some almond flour–do you know how much you would use versus the 1/4 c. almonds before grinding?
Susan VoisinJanuary 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm
I would use a little less than 1/4 cup–probably start with 3 tablespoons and add more if it seems necessary. But, I really think they won’t be as good with almond flour because the texture won’t be the same.
Kathy WilkinsonJanuary 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm
Thanks for your reply. Looking forward to trying this recipe!
CristalMay 16, 2012 at 7:13 am
These look amazing! 🙂 I would just like to ask if it is possible to replace fresh dates with sun-dried dates for this particular recipe, because fresh dates are harder to find where I live than sun-dried dates.
Susan VoisinMay 16, 2012 at 7:29 am
Dried dates should work fine.
Radhika SarohiaOctober 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm
Bookmarking this for sure, I’ve got a huge box of dates in the fridge and this will be a perfect way to use some of them up before they go bad hehe
LilaJanuary 31, 2014 at 9:22 am
A friend recently posted on Facebook a recipe containing a lot of dates, also maple sugar, touting it as “healthy”. I did the math on the grams of sugar in the dates and also Googled it. There are about 64 grams in 1/2 cup, making your recipe about 128 grams, which is equivalent to nearly 2.5 teaspoons of sugar per serving. I’d appreciate your take on how dates are better than sugar, aside from the obvious processing of standard table sugar. Sugar is sugar, right?
Susan VoisinJanuary 31, 2014 at 10:27 am
From what I’ve read, naturally occurring sugars in dried fruit are absorbed into the blood stream more slowly than processed sugar, as they contain fiber to offset the sugar, so you don’t get the sugar rush, crash, or craving that processed sugar delivers.
More important than that, at least where this recipe is concerned, is that the dates ARE the dessert, the main bulk of the recipe. Try taking them out and replacing them with 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar and you have a sloppy mess.
From strictly a calorie standpoint, you’re right–sugar is sugar. But there are people who avoid “refined” sugar who would consider a recipe like this sugar-free according to the principles of their diets. I don’t wholeheartedly agree with that–sugar is sugar–but then, all fruits and vegetables have some sugar in them, so then where do we draw the line? The sugar in this dessert comes from a whole fruit, and that’s good enough for me to call it sugar-free. As long as I give the nutritional info and people realize that it’s not calorie-free, I don’t see the harm in that. It’s a dessert, after all, so the sweetness has to come from somewhere.
Thanks for the interesting question. It’s good to re-think these issues once in a while.
Jalcena FrostJuly 30, 2018 at 4:46 am
I made this date amd nut slice and its delish. I did however change it a tad.
Change 1: I added the almonds and sesame to the mix.
Change 2: I made the recipe x3. The almond+walnut equivalent was used however I substitued some of those nuts for 1/2 cup of ginger(crystallized) and 1/2 cacao nibs.
Change 3: I rolled the slice into bite size balls like bliss balls and then rolled in shredded coconut as the mix was a little bit wet so this helped it keep its shape.
The verdict after those changes? Delicious!
And after freezing some I can confirm these go like a caramel…very chewy. Perfect with a turkish coffee or sheer chai. (I tried my version out on a turkish friend, a fillipino friend, a vegan and a coeliac…all gave it the tick of approval so thankyou for the base recipe. Going to try it with dried apricot, pistachios and macadamias next and maybe some goji berries and hemp seed rather than sesame seeds.