As I have mentioned before, I am a big fan of Louse Fulton Keats – so when her new cookbook was released, it was a no brainer. I am having lots of fun trying easy, healthy yummy foods for my kids (and the adults) in the Thermomix from SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
250g raw or dry roasted almonds
100g fresh dates (such as Medjool variety), pitted
100g pecans (or you can use walnuts)
160g extra virgin olive oil (or nut oil)
80g rice malt syrup, pure maple syrup or honey (note honey is not suitable for your under 12 month year old)
2 tsp natural vanilla extract
1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or mixed spice
1 tsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
Preheat the over to 170 degrees. Grease and line a square 22cm baking tin and set aside.
Place the almonds in to the mixing bowl and mill 8-10 sec/speed 7 or until ground to a fine consistency. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Place the dates and pecans into the mixing bowl and chop 7-10 secs/speed 5 until coarsely chopped. You can chop for less or more time of you prefer a coarser or fine result – for younger children chop more finely.
Place the reserved ground almond and the remaining ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix 8 sec/reverse/speed 5 or until well combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin, smooth the top with a spatula, and bake for 20-25 mins or until golden and cooked through. Take care not to overcook at the slice will dry out.
Allow the slice to cool in the tin before cutting it into squares. Store in an airtight container.
I chose the ‘finer’ option for the date mix as a starting point for my youngsters. Oh and if you spotted the cookies in the background of the feature photo – those are my Malted Milk and Oat Cookies (on high rotation for the lunch box, and soooooooo easy to make).