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Sweet Potato and Date Bars

Everyone needs a little nutty sweetness in life! This delicious dessert brings the flavor of fall and a dose of vandal pride straight to your table. A perfect conclusion to any Thanksgiving feast.

From the Kitchen of Natasha Calkins and Alisha Currier

Servings: 9
Serving size: 1 bar
Vegetarian


INGREDIENTS

Crust

  • ½ cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1½ cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled, mashed (about 1 large potato, measure after mashing)
  • 1 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • ½-teaspoon vanilla
  • 1¼-teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Whipped Topping

  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoons white chocolate

Garnish, optional

  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Chopped pecans
  • White chocolate

DIRECTIONS

Crust
1. Preheat oven to 350 oF.
2. Soak dates in hot water for 15 minutes to soften, then drain.
3. Blend pecans, butter and dates in a food processor until pecan are in small chunks.
4. Add this mixture to a greased 8”x 8” pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Filling
1. Boil sweet potato, 1” cubes, for 20 minutes, or until a fork can easily be inserted, then drain.
2. Add sweet potatoes to a blender with vanilla, brown sugar, butter, cream, and egg. Blend until smooth.
3. Add flour and pumpkin spice to the sweet potato mixture and blend for a few more seconds. Pour mixture into the 8” x 8” pan.
4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until middle is set. Allow to cool completely.
5. Place in the refrigerator overnight, or for a minimum of 3 hours.

Whipped Topping
1. Add heavy cream to a medium sized bowl or stand mixer and whisk until the mixture begins to thicken. Add melted white chocolate and pumpkin pie spice (optional) to the heavy cream and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form.
2. Remove the date bars from the refrigerator and cut into 9 servings. Top each bar with the whipped cream. Add an additional sprinkle of sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and/or chopped pecans as optional garnish and serve.


Nutrition Data (per serving):
Calories 347
Carbohydrates 26g
Protein 4g
Sodium 48mg
Fiber 1g
Total fat 27g
Saturated fat 10g
Trans fat 0g
Total sugar 18g
Calcium 62mg

Sweet Potato and Date Bars
This delicious dessert brings the flavor of fall and a dose of vandal pride straight to your table. A perfect conclusion to any Thanksgiving feast.
Sweet Potato and Date Bars Group
Natasha Calkins and Alisha Currier

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