Date And Apricot Paleo Granola

Paleo granola is the best! I love this stuff a bit too much, its good sprinkled on a Paleo pancake (A mashed banana and 2 eggs fried) its also great with some almond or coconut milk, you could also just shovel handfuls of it into your mouth ūüėČ

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup sultanas or raisins
  • 1 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbs melted coconut oil.
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey ¬†(leave this out if you are on whole30 or avoiding sugars)
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to gas mark 5.
  • In a food processor pulse the dates, sultanas and apricots until very well chopped.
  • Add the remaining nuts and chop until well combined.
  • Add oil and honey (if using).
  • Mix well then line a baking sheet with baking paper and spread the granola evenly over the paper.
  • Bake for a total of 30 mins till its golden making sure you toss the mixture every 10.
  • Leave out till cool and crispy. Store in tupperware or a jar.
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Ma’amool (Date cookies)

Ma’amool are one of my¬†favourite¬†sweets. The soft buttery dough and the juicy date filling bring back many memories of Eid and being offered countless Ma’amool by every¬†relative¬†possible.

I just had to make a version thats not ladened with gee, semolina and covered in sugar.

I was very happy with the outcome of this recipe (and had to hold back from eating too many)

Makes around 23 depending on size.

Prep time: 20 mins

Baking time: 20-25 mins

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Ingredients:  

2 Cups Almond Flour/ Meal

1 Cup Powdered Coconut (blitz desiccated coconut in the grinder till its a rough powder)

2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (you could also use honey)

1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

25 pistachios or any nut you like. (you might need a few more)

Filling:  

7 or 8 Thinly Chopped Medjool Dates

*You could also try using chopped dried figs.

 

Instructions: 

*Pre heat the oven to 350 F or Gas Mark 4.

  1. Mix the Almond meal and Coconut powder in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add everything else except the pistachios. Combined well.
  3. Take one heaped teaspoon of the mixture and flatten it the palm of your hand.
  4. Add some date mixture (I like to add as much as I can, but its up to you).
  5. Close the edges over the date filling and roll the cookie into a ball.
  6. Place the Ma’amools on a baking sheet/ well¬†greased¬†baking tray.
  7. Take a¬†pistachio¬†and gently press it into the center of each Ma’amool.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 mins until golden brown.
  9. Leave to cool…if you can¬†resist-I¬†couldn’t!¬†Image