Oatmeal Cookies with Dates and Golden Dried Raisins

Oatmeal Cookies with Dates and Golden Dried Grapes

Serves: Makes 2 dozen standard-size cookies

Ingredients

½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup shortening
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 egg
¼ cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
½ tsp salt
¾ cup finely chopped Deglet Noor or Medjool dates
½ cup golden dried raisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Vanilla Date Shake

Vanilla Date Shake

Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup 2% milk (whole milk optional)
½ t. vanilla extract
1T. honey
10 Medjool dates, pitted
2 cups ice
2 T. crushed pecans (optional)

Directions

In a small bowl, combine milk and dates. Cover and refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes or until dates are softened.

Add all ingredients except for the crushed pecans to a blender. Pulse a few times and then blend until smooth and creamy.

Sprinkle with crushed pecans (optional) and serve.

Medjool Date and Walnut Croissants

Medjool Date and Walnut Croissants

Serves: 8 (makes 8 croissants)

Ingredients

1 package refrigerated flaky pastry dough
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
8 T. cream cheese
8 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (1 date per roll)
2 2/3 T. or 8 t. honey
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup all purpose flour

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray or grease lightly with butter.

Non-Dairy Date Smoothie

Non-Dairy Date Smoothie

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1 cup almond or soy milk
½ bananna
1/3 cup (5-6) Medjool dates, pitted and halved
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup ice
1 T. crushed nuts (almond, pecan or walnut optional)

Directions

In a small bowl, combine milk and dates. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or until the dates have softened.

Transfer to blender. Add ice and other ingredients (except nuts) and blend until smooth.

Pour in glass, sprinkle with nuts (optional) and serve.

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