A nostalgic, homey sweet with a modern twist, these treats are an easy after school recipe for the whole family.
Easy No-Bake Date & Pecan Bars
- 2 c. whole Medjool dates
- 2 c. warm water
- 1/2 pkg. Effie's Oatcakes (6 biscuits)
- 2 T. unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 c. toasted pecans, chopped
- 2 oz. dried tart cherries
- 2 T. toasted unsweetened coconut
Break the Oatcakes into the bowl of a food processor and process until you have a fine crumb. Transfer to a bowl and add the melted butter to form a moistened meal.
Press the Oatcake crumbs into a small Pyrex dish or pie tin. Press the crumbs evenly along the bottom of the pan forming an even crust. Place the crust in the freezer for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
Soak the dates in the 2 c. warm water for 30 minutes. Drain the dates, reserving 2 T. of the water. Pit the dates with your hands and transfer to a blender or small food processor. Pulse the dates and then add the 2 T. reserved water. Puree until smooth and transfer to a bowl. You should yield about 1 1/2 c. of date puree which lasts for several months in your refrigerator, well covered.
Remove the crust from the freezer. Using an off-set spatual spread about 1 c. of the date puree over the crust for an even thin 1/4 inch layer. Sprinkle the toasted pecans over the date puree and then top with tart cherries and a sprinkle of toasted coconut.
Return the bars to the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or more) lightly covered.
Cut the bars into small 1-2 inch portion sizes.
The bars will last in the refrigerator for up to one week.