Spiced Date-Walnut Snacks

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Extramoist Medjool dates act as the binding agent in these snacks. A can of beans makes a handy weight.
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Yield:

20 servings (serving size: 1 square)

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Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 81
Caloriesfromfat 33 %
Fat 3 g
Satfat 0.3 g
Monofat 0.4 g
Polyfat 2.1 g
Protein 1.1 g
Carbohydrate 14.2 g
Fiber 1.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Sodium 0.5 mg
Calcium 12 mg

Ingredients

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup walnut halves
2 cups Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon grated orange rind

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add walnuts; toss to coat. Arrange walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until toasted.

Combine dates and orange rind. Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, allowing plastic wrap to extend 2 inches over edge of pan. Firmly press one-third of date mixture into bottom of pan; top with half of walnuts. Repeat layers once, ending with dates. Fold overhanging plastic wrap over the top. Place a heavy weight on plastic wrap, and let stand overnight. Remove weight; invert loaf onto a serving plate. Discard plastic wrap. Cut into squares.

Note:

Dana McCauley,

November 2004
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