Caramelly Date Squares

Recipe by: * Nina Herbert, Vegan ACT Member

Makes 36 small sweet squares

2 cups pitted dates (can use pitted Medjool dates for special occasions)
1 cup desiccated coconut
Pinch of salt

For chocolate version, add:
2 tbsp raw cacao powder

For citrus version, add:
1 lemon or lime, juiced, optional
Grated rind of 1 lemon or lime, optional

Add the dates (please ensure all pips are removed) and coconut to a food processor.
Starting on a low speed, blend until the ingredients start to break down.

Add in the salt, and any extras you wish to use. Increase the speed and blend again.
Every 30 – 60 seconds increase the speed and continue to blend until the mixture becomes one big ball. This should only take a few minutes. If the dates are rather dry, add in a tablespoon of hot water.

Line a small container (mine’s 15cm squared) with cling wrap or baking paper.
Press the mixture, quite firmly, into the container.
Use the back of a spoon to smooth it flat.
Sprinkle the top with a little extra desiccated coconut.
Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour, to set.

Once set, remove from the container and cut into 36 squares.
Best eaten cold from the fridge, or freezer.