Date Squares – A nutrient boost

Azra FaizanDiet & Nutrition, Recipes

This recipe defines the term nutrient dense!!!

If you are craving dates during pregnancy, you’ll be delighted to know that these luscious fruits can provide plenty of nutrients to support your baby’s growth as well as components that boost your own health. These healthy fruits can help fend off common pregnancy complications, such as anemia and constipation, and contribute to a nutritious pregnancy diet.

Dates also contain: Natural sugars (fructose) that easily break down in the body and won’t spike blood sugar levels but will offer high energy, which makes dates during pregnancy and post pregnancy an excellent choice

Dates are composed of:

  • At least 15 different minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Fluorine, Iron, and Zinc
  • 14 types of fatty acids
  • 23 types of amino acids
  • At least 6 vitamins
  • Dietary fiber and more!

So dates make a perfect snack for new mommies, combine this with some oats and you have got a true gem of a recipe here is why . Oatmeal is a good source of iron. It is known that maternal anemia/low iron levels can result in a decreased milk supply, so it makes sense that eating something high in iron might increase milk supply in some women. oats also contain considerable dietary fiber that helps regulate your digestive system, which pregnancy often disrupts.

Recipes prepared with steel-cut oats, whole oats, oat flour and rolled oats provide the best nutritional value.

Ingredients

Date Filling:

  • 3 cups (400 grams) pitted dried dates
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water

Oatmeal Crust:

  • 2 cups (200 grams) old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (130 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup (175 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Chopped nuts (optional)

Method
Date Filling:

  1. Place the dates and water in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the dates are soft and have absorbed most of the water (about 5 – 10 minutes).
  2. Remove from heat, Let it cool to room temperature and then puree in your food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Grease an 8 x 11 inch (20 x 28 cm) or a 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Oatmeal Crust:

  1. In the bowl of your food processor, place the oats, flour, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon. Pulse to combine. Then add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Press 2/3 of the mixture into the base of the prepared pan.
  2. Spread the dates evenly over the oatmeal crust. Sprinkle the remaining dough evenly over the top of the dates, Sprinkle a handful of chopped nuts too, if you want to make it further nutrient dense, press down a bit with the flat of your hand.
  3. Bake for about 30 -40 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool. Once the squares have cooled, cover the pan with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator at least one hour or until firm enough to cut easily into squares.

These will keep, covered, in the refrigerator up to a week. Makes about 20 – 2-inch squares.

Date Squares – A nutrient boost was last modified: May 7th, 2017 by Azra Faizan