The 8 dates that I had left from a previous recipe were just staring at me. What was I going to make with 8 dates? That didn’t involve wrapping them in bacon – which I have to admit, I was tempted to do….
I also read the other day that cacao powder is good for you! Obviously, that doesn’t give me license to eat chocolate bars or anything, but I haven’t really had much cacao powder in a while except what I put in my chilli, Maybe, since it was December, I should make a little ‘treat’ for myself…. I mean, honestly, the recipes that have been coming up on my Facebook feed and RSS feed seem to ALL have been sweet treats. And they all look so lovely, but it’s just a waste to make a giant batch of muffins or cookies or anything because I honestly don’t have a sweet tooth, and I’d hate to waste them.
But, here goes, I did a few of my own ‘substitutions’….
I only had 8 dates and the recipe called for 10, so I cheated by throwing in a couple chunks of candied ginger. Yea, it’s not strictly paleo, I know. But I like ginger. And it seemed to me a good alternative for those 2 missing dates. Also, I used cashews instead of pecans. Pecans are pretty hard to find here. In fact, I went to the fruit and veg shop on Monday (she also sells nuts…) and said, in Catalan, “I’m looking for a nut, but I can’t remember the name for them in Catalan…” and she replied “Pecans.” “Yes! How’d you know?” She replied, “I have everything here. Except pecans. So that is the only one that folks need to ask for.” Clever woman. Anyway, she’s going to try and get hold of them for me.
I digress. So, ginger in place of 2 dates. Cashews instead of almonds. Organic Vanilla extract in place of vanilla beans.
And these babies took me all of about 10 minutes to whip up.
Awesome. And they taste divine!