Make Ahead

Date and Cardamom Infused Nut Bars

January 29, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Makes 12-18 bars (depending on size)
Author Notes

Journeying through baking, I always return to my grandmother's recipe cards for their familiar handwriting and to re-live the flavor memories that were created. I can see why my grandmother and possibly her mother made them, they are rich, sweet, and moist, just as a bar should be. Like I do with many of my grandmother's recipes, I have decreased the sugar (using maple syrup), used whole wheat pastry flour, and swapped out the shortening for butter. I added the cardamom and infused the butter with zest from the honeybell oranges that I have been saving in the freezer. The end result has a gentle but spicy floral aroma and a mysterious flavor not immediately obvious, which was the cardamom. I think that my grandmother would approve of these. They are awesome with coffee or tea. You could also serve these in slices with a scoop of vanilla or coconut ice cream. —testkitchenette

What You'll Need
  • 2 eggs, beaten until foamy
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups finely chopped dates
  • 2/3 cup pistachios (or nut of your choice), toasted and chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line an 8x8 square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs with the maple syrup and vanilla. Stir in the melted and cooled butter and add the orange zest.
  3. In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, cardamom, baking powder, salt, dates, nuts, and toss to coat and mix everything.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir until flour thoroughly combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.

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4 Reviews

drbabs February 4, 2011
testkitchenette February 4, 2011
Thanks drbabs! It's taking quite a bit of willpower not to just devour them all at once.
testkitchenette January 30, 2011
Thank you hardlikearmour! I wish she could enjoy a piece with me.
hardlikearmour January 29, 2011
This sounds really good, and I'm sure your grandma would be pleased.