Vitality Date Cups

July 06, 2017

One of our customers recently visited us to buy some dates and to share some of her delicious creations with us.  Here is her recipe.

From the Kaufman Kitchen

These no-sugar added granola bars are full of healthy ingredients and vibrant flavors. Are they a dessert, snack, or a fitness meal replacement? Depends on who you ask and how many they ate! Makes 24 cups.


  • 1 cup thick cut/steel cut oats (not instant or quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax meal
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 cup date puree* made with Sahara Date Company dates (see note below)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt (if nuts are salted, do not add)


In a large saucepan, add oats, pecans and coconut and dry saute on medium heat until you smell a wonderful roasted aroma (about 5 minutes). Stir often.

In a large bowl, add roasted mixture to flax meal, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, add almond butter, coconut oil and date puree until melted and smooth. Do not boil.

Pour melted mixture over dry mixture and combine well. Grease mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or coconut oil. Fill each space with 1.5 Tablespoons of batter (see note below).

Put a sheet of wax paper over the muffin pan and compress each cup firmly (this helps the batter maintain the shape and density after baking).

Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes or until edges turn light brown. Cool on a wire rack and leave muffins in pan to cool completely. (Muffins will fall apart if removed too soon!) Remove from pan once cool, and store in an airtight container.


The dates you choose to make the puree will change the flavor of the cups. Using Ajwa dates will yield a richer, darker, molasses flavor; Sukkary dates will yield a brighter, sweeter, sugary flavor. Both are delicious.

For the mini muffin pan--I have tried to simply press the batter into a small cake pan and cut into bars after they cool. However, they do not retain their shape as well.


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