Coconut Date Nut Squares

By • June 15, 2011 • 3 Comments

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Author Notes: This recipe came about as I was experimenting with making granola bars. I happened upon rice malt and decided to experiment with it in other ways. These chewy squares are addictive!dagmaraelza

Makes 24 squares

  • 8 ounces pitted dates
  • 5 ounces shelled pecans
  • 3 1/2 ounces GF rolled oats
  • 2 ounces shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup rice malt
  1. Preheat oven to 350?. Spray a silicone individual brownie square pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process until pieces are mixed well and dough sticks together.
  3. Press into pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes on the center oven rack.
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over 3 years ago susan g

Mitoku is an importer of traditional Japanese foods, and they have an excellent long article on the rice malt syrup they sell -- how it is made, composition, recipes. It does include barley, but the breakdown has carbs, sugars and water, which account for 98-99%. I wonder if the gluten in the barley is changed by the conversion prompted by enzymes when it is sprouted? I wouldn't suggest that a person on a strict gluten free diet take chances, but I suspect that the gluten is 'predigested.' Anyway, the Squares look excellent. I'm away from home this week, and I'm looking forward to trying them.


over 3 years ago dagmaraelza

Rice malt is a whole grain sweetener made by breaking down brown rice. It sometimes includes barley, so check the label. If you can't find gluten-free rice malt, then substitute Lundberg brown rice syrup.

If you use a brownie pan, use the 9 inch square. Cool for one hour before cutting into squares and make sure you clean your knife between cuts to get a neat edge.


over 3 years ago shoopee

Looks great. Two questions: what is rice malt? Can you cook this in a regular brownie pan? What size would you recommend?