Indy Power: Nutty but nice dessert
A finger-licking treat - with a healthy twist - that goes down well when having a cuppa.
STICKY PECAN SQUARES
These are exactly as the name suggests and they're divine with a cup of coffee. Feel free to drizzle some dark chocolate on top if you're so inclined.
Makes 9. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo
For the crust:
2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
For the filling:
2 tbsp cashew/almond butter
Hf a tsp cinnamon
Firstly, pour boiling water over your dates and set them aside. Roast the cashews and pecans separately (you can use the same tray but put them on opposite sides) at 180°C for about eight minutes, tossing them once. Set the pecans aside and add the cashews to the food processor with a pinch of sea salt. Blend until you have a fine flour.
Then add in the melted coconut oil and maple syrup and blitz until it all comes together in a smooth, doughy mixture.
Use your hands to press the dough into an 8-inch baking tin lined with parchment paper. Press it firmly into the tin, making sure is packed tightly. Pop it in the freezer while you make the filling.
Add the dates and about 125ml of the water in which they were soaking to the food processor and blend until you have a sticky paste.
Add in the nut butter and cinnamon and blend until smooth and thick. Spread the mixture evenly over the cashew base.
Roughly chop the pecans and sprinkle them evenly over the top, pressing them into the filling. Pop it all in the freezer for about half an hour to set.
Slice and enjoy!
Dates are such a delicious way to sweeten things naturally. They’re so versatile and have such a great texture for making chewy, finger-licking treats. When I’m baking I usually soak them to make them more workable and sticky; you can do this with any dates but medjool ones are particularly chewy and sweet. They’re great for your gut and digestion due to their high fibre content, and they are full of vitamins and minerals. Interestingly, I read recently that they are a common remedy for intoxication and hangovers, and apparently offer quick relief if you’ve overdone it — I’ve yet to test it out though.