1 cup Natural Delights Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 10 dates)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (filbert nuts)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch ground cloves
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
To prepare date filling: Bring the dates, juice and orange zest to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 8 minutes or until juice is absorbed and dates are very soft, stirring once. Remove from the heat and stir to break up dates. Stir in the hazelnuts and vanilla; set aside to cool.
To prepare the cookies, preheat oven to 180 °C. Whisk together the flour, oats, bicarb soda, butter and sugars in a large bowl with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Using a wooden spoon stir in the flour mixture then, using hands, bring the dough together into a soft mixture.
Roll 1 level tbsp. of dough into a ball and flatten into a circle. Place 1 tsp. of date filling in the centre and top with another circle of flattened dough; pinch the edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
Nutritional analysis per serving (1 cookie):
Energy: 150 kJ (Cal); Fat: 6 g; Saturated Fat: 3 g; Trans Fat: 0 g; Monounsaturated Fatty Acids: 2.05; Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: 0.33; Cholesterol: 20 mg; Sodium: 55 mg; Potassium: 145 mg; Carbohydrates: 25 g; Fibre: 2 g; Sugar: 17 g; Protein: 2 g; Vitamin A: 4%; Vitamin C: 2%; Calcium: 2%; Iron: 4%.