Thursday, May 30, 2013
Date and Sesame Chocolate Bars
In Go Dog Go, there are two characters that we meet a few times throughout the book. A girl dog dons a perfectly acceptable hat and asks the boy dog if he likes her hat. He says no, and then they say their goodbyes. This happens three times, with three different hats. But the fourth time they meet is different. He finally likes her hat, and afterwards, the two drive off into the sunset together. And it isn't just any hat. It is an extravagant, an outlandish, a whimsical hat.
Objects hanging from the hat include:
- a fish
- a spider
- candy canes
- a potted flower
- flag celebrating the letter "Z"
- a mouse
Though I find this to be a horrid example of interpersonal relations, this is how I feel about dried fruit. Show me some perfectly acceptable, perfectly lovely dried cranberries or cherries or grapes and I will say no, I do not like that hat. But mix the dried fruit with chocolate and more chocolate and some spices and sesame seeds and sesame paste, then finally, finally - I will like that hat.
For more snack ideas check out Cooking Light's slideshow of healthy snacks. So much deliciousness!
1 cup pitted dates, chopped roughly
1 tablespoon tahini
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
pinch kosher salt
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1-2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
fleur de sel, for sprinkling
Place the dates, tahini, honey and cocoa powder in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse. Add in the sesame seeds, and chocolate chips and pulse again. Take the mixture in your hands (it may help to spray them with a cooking spray) and work it into a sort of "dough." Push the mixture firmly into a square-shaped, sandwich-size Tupperware-type container. Cut into bars. Sprinkle the top of the bars with fleur de sel. I like to keep these bars in the fridge.