A bite sized snack or melt-in-the-mouth dessert that’s sweet and nutty with a creamy texture. This fool-proof recipe is mineral-rich and full of protein and fat to keep you feeling energised. A huge thank you to the wonderful Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley a.k.a. the Hemsley sisters, for sharing this divine recipe!!
Tahini Date Fridge Fudge
Makes: 18 squares
- 85g (about 1/2 mugful) of pitted dates (chewy dried dates rather than the larger soft ones), or to taste.
- 110g (about 1/2 mugful) light tahini (make sure it doesn’t contain emulsifiers)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, at room temperature, or extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt flakes
- 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds or desiccated coconut, to decorate (optional)
- Line a small baking tin – about 11cmx 17cm– or similar-sized container (we use a glass lunchbox) with baking parchment.
- Slice one of the dates finely and set aside to decorate the top of the fudge. Place the rest of the dates in a food processor with the tahini, coconut oil or EVOO and 1⁄8 teaspoon of salt flakes and blend to a smooth, thick paste. Taste and add more salt if desired.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and use a spatula to press the mixture down evenly.
- Decorate the top with the date slices and a sprinkle of sesame seeds or desiccated coconut (if using), pour over any leftover oil from the food processor and press down gently.
- Freeze or chill in the fridge until firm – about 15 minutes in the freezer and 30 minutes in the fridge. Slice into squares, then store in the fridge or freezer. Eat chilled/frozen straight from the fridge/freezer.
You can upgrade to the more nutritious dark tahini which has a bitter flavour, if you like. This keeps really well in the fridge or freezer, so make double!
Extracted from Good + Simple by Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley. (Ebury Press, $49.99) Photography by Nick Hopper.