It's that time of year when we start to see nuts and dried fruit in produce section in the grocery store in the UK for the upcoming holiday season. Why not consider dates if you need a snack? They are naturally sweet and high in fibre.
From a chinese nutrition aspect they are sweet in flavour and have a warming action. They nourish energy (qi) and build blood.
This flapjack recipe takes a bit of chopping but its a great treat!
6 ounces of walnuts
8 ounces of dates
A little hot water
1 handful of sesame seeds
1 cup of sunflower oil
2 eggs beaten
2 tbsp of molasses
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of ginger
20 ounces of oatflakes
Crush walnuts and chop the dates finely. Add a small amount of hot water to the dates, leave for a few minutes then mash until the dates dissolve a little. Add the molasses, crushed walnuts, sesame seeds, oil, spices and eggs. Stir well. Gradually add the oats until the mixture is thick and moist. Push it into a shallow baking tray and bake at 400'F, gas mark 6 for about 30 minutes, cut when still warm.
From Maverick Leggett's book Recipes for Self Healing