Thursday, January 29, 2009

Date-walnut-coconut bars

In a medium saucepan, simmer (stirring all the while) 8 oz cut up dates, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, and 4 Tbsp melted butter.

When it's thick and smooth, stir in 1/2 cp walnut pieces, 2 cups puffed rice cereal, and 1 tsp vanilla.

Sprinkle shredded coconut evenly over the bottom of a 13" x 9" baking pan, then spoon mixture over coconut, flattening with a buttered spatula. Sprinkle more coconut over the top, and press into the bar slightly. When cool, overturn pan onto a cutting board and cut-up into squares.

Alternatively, rather than making this into bars, you can butter your hands and roll the mixture into balls the size of a walnut, then roll them in a bowl of shredded coconut. Place on a non-stick pan to cool.

Like everything, I use all organic ingredients, but use whatever you like.

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