Here we are at the end of the year and I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to you for reading Stonesoup this year. I really appreciate your time and attention!
And while I’ve got you I have a quick favour to ask….
I’m always looking for ways to make Stonesoup a better blog so I’d really love to get your feedback. In particular the answer to these two questions…
1. Why do you read Stonesoup?
2. What should I stop doing / start doing to make it better?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
And before I go I have a Christmas treat for you!
I’ve really been getting into baking (or in this case not-baking) with whole food ingredients and skipping the processed sugar and flour.
These blondies are one of my current favorites. Although I must say the chocolate ‘variation’ is also pretty addictive…
These may not look the prettiest but believe me they’re super delicious. Especially if you’re a fan of caramel flavours. And the best part is there’s no need to bake.
makes enough for 6-8
takes: 15 minutes + 30 minutes cooling
100g (3.5oz) pitted dates
150g (3.5oz) almond meal
50g (1.75oz) melted butter or coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
2 tablespoons psyllium or oat bran (optional)
1. Place dates in a heat proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand for 5 minutes.
2. While the dates are standing, weigh out your remaining ingredients into your food processor.
3. Drain dates and add to the food processor. Whizz for a few minutes or until you have a smooth mixture that clumps together.
4. Dump your mixture into a loaf pan lined with baking paper and use your hands to smooth out until it’s the height you prefer. Don’t spread the mixture over the whole base. Only use half or less.
5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer. Then chop into tiny squares.
chocolate brownies – add 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder to the mix.
different nuts – feel free to use other nuts or nut meals. Pecans are particularly good.
short on time – pop in the freezer to firm up. Will take about 10 minutes.
medjool dates – no need to soak, just be sure to remove the pits.
nut-free – struggling with this one. Sorry!
dairy-free / vegan – use the coconut oil option.
more decadent – cover with a layer of melted dark chocolate.
I really hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. And look forward to ‘seeing’ you in the new year when Stonesoup returns on January 12th.
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