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  • Writer's pictureKimberley Kells

Date, Oat, Nut and Seed Biscuits

Updated: Aug 16, 2019

Something happens to a woman when she has kids. It's like my kids don't see me as a person, but a walking snack dispenser! I know the mums know what I'm talking about! I don't understand how a child, who weighs 15kg can constantly be hungry while eating 12 meals a day? Well I have adapted a Date and Oat biscuit recipe to include lots of goodies that really fill up bellies and prove popular with kids and adults alike.

I've never really been a baker. Baking is a science, you really have to follow the rules or like me, you'll have some disasters in the kitchen. Even though I know all this, for some reason I find it really hard to read a recipe and stick to it. I just can't help myself! I don't know if it's because I think I know better, or I'm too lazy to head to the shops to pick up the 2 extra eggs the recipe calls for, surely 1 egg will do right? Wrong! What I have learned is that there are certain elements of a recipe you can't mess with (like butter, eggs, flour), and some things you can (like flavourings). I am all about cooking to your own taste and what you have in the pantry (or what is on special at the supermarket!) so live a little and experiment with this one. It's a really forgiving recipe and even though I make it slightly different every time, I haven't stuffed it up yet!

“The oats, nuts and seeds can all be substituted for whatever you fancy, as long as these items add up to a total of 3 and 1 third of a cup.”

Date, Oat, Nut and Seed Biscuits adapted from a recipe

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Makes: 14 Large biscuits

3/4 Cup of Pitted Dried Dates, chopped

1/4 Teaspoon Bicarb Soda

3 Tablespoons Boiling Water

150g Butter

1/2 Cup Caster Sugar

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1 Cup Plain Flour

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (able to substitute)

1 Cup Slithered Almonds (able to substitute)

1 Cup Pepitas (able to substitute)

1 1/3 Cups Rolled Oats (able to substitue)

Step 1- In a bowl, combine the dates, bicarb soda and boiling water. Allow to soak for 10 min while you continue on.

Step 2- Cream together the butter and sugars using a mix master or electric beaters. Add in the egg.

Step 4- Now using a wooden spoon, mix in the rest of the ingredients and the soaked dates. The mixture should be a sticky dough.

Step 4- Roll into balls about 1 heaped tablespoon in size, and place on a lined baking tray, allowing plenty of space to spread. I like a chewy biscuit so I only flatten the balls slightly.

Step 5- Bake at 180c for 12-15 min until golden. Cool on a rack.

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