Category Archives: Dates

Orange Nut and Date Biscotti

Normally, I’m not a big fan of Biscotti. ¬†I’m Italian, though, so I should love it, right? ūüėČ


Well, I don’t. ¬†I prefer my cookies to be softer. ¬†And I know that I could make them softer by dipping them in coffee, but I don’t really like coffee all that much either.


So, um, why did I make Biscotti?


I’ll tell you why.


I wanted to put store-bought Biscotti to shame and make some that tasted good.  


And I did just that! ¬†This Biscotti is amazing! ¬†The orange flavor really accentuates all of the other flavors in just the right way… and it has just the right amount of crunch/chewiness… and they’re good for you!


I even put on my big girl panties and had it with coffee this morning.  And I loved it!

Orange Nut and Date Biscotti
Adapted from Ivory Hut via  The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great by Pam Anderson
Makes 4 dozen biscotti sliced 1/2 inch thick or 2 dozen sliced 1 inch thick as seen in the photos.



3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of 1 whole orange (about 2 tablespoons)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or you can just use 2 cups all purpose flour)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almonds, pecans, walnuts, toasted pistachios (or a combination of nuts)

1 cup chopped dates 

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, mix the eggs, vanilla and orange zest. 
3. Add the remaining ingredients except the nuts.
4. Stir using a spoon first and then using your hands. The dough will be very sticky and tacky, so I suggest greasing or flouring your hands. Stir in the nuts and dates.

5. Flouring your hands and working surface, roll half of the dough into a 12-inch log. Place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Repeat with the remaining dough.
6. Bake in the center position of the oven for about 40-50 minutes, until golden brown. Take the logs off the sheet and onto a cooling rack, let cool for about 5 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 275 degrees and line another baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
7. Use a serrated knife to slice the logs into 1/2-inch thick slices. 
8, Return the slices to the baking sheets and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and almost crisp. 
9. Transfer to cooling racks and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Date and Pecan Drops {Healthy Recipe}

I’m feeling a little blah right now.  Ever since Kellen and I got back from New York, my mind has been elsewhere.  I’ve had no motivation to exercise, do homework, or work.  I’m just super ready for summer to roll around.  This cold weather at the start of “spring” isn’t helping either!
When I start feeling like this, I do a few things to get myself out of the “rut”.
1.  Find inspiration elsewhere (E.g. Flickr, PostSecret, StumbleUpon):
2.  Make a list of things I’m looking forward to. 
My list right now consists of: 
1) The weekend/sleeping in/spending it with Kellen.  
2) Working a Taste of Home cooking show! 
3) Enrolling at Park
4) Summer 
5) A high of 78 on Saturday.  
They may just be little things, but that’s all it takes.
3. Indulge in hobbies.  Today, I baked these cookies just so I could photograph them.  Now I’m writing.  I like to keep a journal other than this blog, too.  I think writing is a good way to keep things from bottling up.  
4.  Listen to music.  Right now my favorite is “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele… and the John Legend remake, too.   
5.  Pray!
What do you do when you’re in a rut??
Anyway, I figured I’d give you all a break from the 3 cups of sugar, 3 sticks of butter, and who knows how much chocolate from the last post.  I’ve had a lot of people asking me for “healthy” and “low calorie” recipes lately…. so here you guys go!  They’re pretty tasty if you ask me.  The ingredient list is a little random…

Date and Pecan Drops
1 cup cream of wheat 
1/8 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped and toasted pecans
1/4 cup coconut flakes (I used unsweetened)
Topping:
1/2 cup Splenda
1 tablespoon honey or agave
*Sprinkles, optional
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix all ingredients.
3.  Drop by 1/8 cup balls onto a lined baking sheet.
4.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  
5.  While cookies are in the oven, mix together topping.  Once you take the cookies out, sprinkle the topping over cookies.  *Don’t turn oven off! 
6. Put cookies back in for another 2 minutes or so, while the topping caramelizes a little.
7.  Let cool, devour. ūüôā

Date and Pecan Drops {Healthy Recipe}

I’m feeling a little blah right now. ¬†Ever since Kellen and I got back from New York, my mind has been elsewhere. ¬†I’ve had no motivation to exercise, do homework, or work. ¬†I’m just super ready for summer to roll around. ¬†This cold weather at the start of “spring” isn’t helping either!
When I start feeling like this, I do a few things to get myself out of the “rut”.
1.  Find inspiration elsewhere (E.g. Flickr, PostSecret, StumbleUpon):
2. ¬†Make a list of things I’m looking forward to.¬†
My list right now consists of: 
1) The weekend/sleeping in/spending it with Kellen.  
2) Working a Taste of Home cooking show! 
3) Enrolling at Park. 
4) Summer 
5) A high of 78 on Saturday.  
They may just be little things, but that’s all it takes.
3. Indulge in hobbies. ¬†Today, I baked these cookies just so I could photograph them. ¬†Now I’m writing. ¬†I like to keep a journal other than this blog, too. ¬†I think writing is a good way to keep things from bottling up. ¬†
4. ¬†Listen to music. ¬†Right now my favorite is “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele… and the John Legend remake, too. ¬†¬†
5.  Pray!
What do you do when you’re in a rut??
Anyway, I figured I’d give you all a break from the 3 cups of sugar, 3 sticks of butter, and who knows how much chocolate from the last post. ¬†I’ve had a lot of people asking me for “healthy” and “low calorie” recipes lately…. so here you guys go! ¬†They’re pretty tasty if you ask me. ¬†The ingredient list is a little random…

Date and Pecan Drops
1 cup cream of wheat 
1/8 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped and toasted pecans
1/4 cup coconut flakes (I used unsweetened)
Topping:
1/2 cup Splenda
1 tablespoon honey or agave
*Sprinkles, optional
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix all ingredients.
3.  Drop by 1/8 cup balls onto a lined baking sheet.
4.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  
5. ¬†While cookies are in the oven, mix together topping. ¬†Once you take the cookies out, sprinkle the topping over cookies. ¬†*Don’t turn oven off!¬†
6. Put cookies back in for another 2 minutes or so, while the topping caramelizes a little.
7. ¬†Let cool, devour. ūüôā