I found a great cookbook recently at my local thrift store, called Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source by Terry Walters. This is my first recipe in using this book and I am already loving the focus on local, seasonal cooking. This pie was so easy to make and after trying a piece, my friend B said that this was the best pie he had ever tasted. I am looking forward to trying more recipes in this beautiful book!
I like dates and am trying to incorporate more dried fruit into my diet. This date bar recipe was a real find as it is quite different from the ‘Fig Newton’ style of date bar. Instead, this is a moist, chocolately treat!
West Haven Date Bars
1 cup boiling water
1 cup pitted dates, chopped
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar or natural sweetener of your choice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Lightly grease a 13x 9-inch pan. Pour boiling water over the dates in a small bowl and let stand until cool.
Cream butter and sugar in large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until light. Blend in flour, cocoa and baking soda to make a smooth dough. Stir in date mixture. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over the top.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until center feels firm. Cut into 2x 1-1/2 inch bars while still warm. Makes about 3 dozen bars.
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