Our 3 Favorite Quick Treats

Our 3 Favorite Quick Treats

Our daughter’s school teacher sent along a pale blue little text book for her to draw and write in during our recent trip to Cape Town. Considering that Elsa’s previous writing experiences mostly consisted of scribbling random letters from the alphabet and signing her drawings (often reversed), we honestly didn’t expect this journal to be anything more than a sketch book. But to our surprise, she filled the pages with both drawings and sentences about her days. She is no Donna Tartt just yet. Her letters look a little wonky, she spells words exactly as they sound and writes without space between (so it all looks like a long hashtag): ”weesaasharkindeseetodey”. But regardless of how much or little that happened every day, she found something to write about, she tried her best to get the spelling right and she filled that book with memories.

The connection I am trying to make here is that this blog is Luise’s and my journal. And we have been bad at filling it lately – with memories and recipes. Ever since the children outnumbered us, it has been difficult to write. Not only due to lack of time and sleep, but we’ve also been looking for meaning, relevance and motivation. We have been doing this for more than seven years now and I have personally come to a point where I want everything to be so damn perfect every time that I often get stuck in this circle of “this is not good enough”. But seeing Elsa’s journal made me realise that we don’t always need the grandest of recipes or ideas. Sometimes a simple 5-minute snack or treat can be good enough.

Okay, I don’t really think one snack is good enough. So we are actually sharing three today!

These recipes are all great options when you need a late afternoon pick-me-up, a post workout treat or simple Tuesday dessert. Although different in their execution, they can all be made in a breeze and all of them also happen to include tahini. If you haven’t tried tahini with sweet flavours before, consider this your lucky day. It’s the bombest flavour combo!

First up, easy but epic stuffed dates.

I shared these stuffed dates on instagram a few weeks ago, calling them ugly delicious. Although a lot of people seemed to think that they weren’t ugly, I still argue that this isn’t a very glamorous dish. Frozen raspberries, grated ginger and tahini, mashed into soft dates is preferably something that is enjoyed under dim light in front of a tv series. Unhulled tahini is excellent for this dish because of it’s richer tones. And if you’ve got a dark chocolate bar (70-80%) lying around, you can break it up and cram small pieces of chocolate into the date along with the other ingredients. It’s probably the quickest and easiest sweet firework your mouth will ever experience.

Tahini & Berry Stuffed Dates

Makes 10

Ingredients

  • 10 soft dates
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 20 fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 large glasses
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2-3 soft dates
  • 1 tsp freshly ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 cup oat milk or other plant milk
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 1/2-2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
Read the whole recipe on Green Kitchen Stories