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Spiced Date-Walnut Snacks

Yield 20 servings (serving size: 1 square)
Extramoist Medjool dates act as the binding agent in these snacks. A can of beans makes a handy weight.

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.