A few months ago, I was over at my best friend’s house where she served me a dessert without telling me what was in it. “Just try it!” she said. I was skeptical at first because I knew it would be one of those “healthy desserts,” but I was pleasantly surprised by the result. These no-bake date squares are packed with health benefits. They contain iron-rich cashews, dates, which promote digestive health, and coconut oil. which contains no trans fats.
I was still skeptical that this healthy dessert would be socially acceptable to bring to dinner parties, so we made a batch and served it to five college boys to see if it passed the test, and it did. You can make this recipe in a pie pan or in a brownie pan. Twist this recipe by doubling the ingredients to make multiple layers. You can also get creative with toppings, such as adding pistachios on the top layer.
#SpoonTip: Make sure each layer is properly frozen before adding the next layer or else they will mix together.
This recipe is courtesy of Annie LeBlanc.
No-Bake Date Squares
- Prep Time:5 minutes
- Cook Time:30 minutes
- Total Time:1 hour
- 12 dried Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 cup coconut oil, divided
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Blend 6 dates and all of the almonds in the food processor. Spread out thinly in a brownie pan to form a crust layer and freeze for 5 minutes.
Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil for 30 seconds and blend with the cashews and water. Pour into the frozen crust and freeze again for 5 minutes.
Melt another 1/2 cup of coconut oil and mix with the cocoa powder. Drizzle over the frozen caramel layer and freeze for 30 more minutes, or until ready to serve.