Coffee Date Squares

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It has  three of my favourite ingredients: coffee (espresso), dates, and oatmeal. Actually four, if you count cinnamon. I think this recipe will hit my sweet spot quite nicely! You could always use Velvet Sunrise Coffee Roasters Espresso in this recipe Be right back. It will be available at Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens store very soon, and has  caramel, nut and sweet fruited notes that should complement very well.

Coffee Date Squares You need to make really strong coffee, so the flavour comes through in the squares. Medjool dates and honey dates sold in the produce department are soft and easier to chop than baking dates packed in blocks, but you will have to pit them. Enjoy with a cup of coffee.

Serves: 36 | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook and chill time: 25 minutes | Difficulty Level: Intermediate | Chef: Dana Speers


¾ cup (175 mL) PC Holiday Blend Coffee beans, ground fine for espresso

1 cup (250 mL) roughly chopped pitted dates

1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour

½ cup (125 mL) large old fashioned rolled oats

1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon

½ tsp (2 mL) salt

½ tsp (2 mL) baking powder

½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda

¼ cup (50 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup (250 mL) packed dark brown sugar

¼ cup (50 mL) icing sugar


  1. Brew coffee in espresso maker to make ¾ cup (175 mL) espresso. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease 9-inch square (2.5 L) cake pan and line with parchment paper.
  3. In small bowl, soak dates in ¼ cup (50 mL) of the espresso. In another bowl, whisk together flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. In stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Reduce speed to low; while beating, drizzle in remaining espresso. Slowly add flour mixture and date mixture, beating on low speed just until combined. Scrape mixture into prepared pan. Smooth the top.
  5. Bake in centre of oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack. Cut into 36 squares. Serve dusted with icing sugar.



Matcha Much?

Making a Matcha or Japanese green tea can be a soothing and calming part of your day. Take the time to prepare a bowl of Matcha in the traditional way, or with a modern twist – with steamed milk – in a latte. You don’t need an espresso steamer, you can simply heat the milk gently then whisk it slightly to froth.


Sift 2g (1/2 tsp) of pure organic matcha powder through a tea strainer into a glass or mug. Add a little hot (not boiling) water and whisk to dissolve and foam slightly.

Add steamed milk for a warming latte, or ice and cold milk for a cold drink. Makes a 14 to 16 oz serving.

Optional: add a little simple syrup or vanilla syrup if your sweet tooth is acting up.

Colombia Asociacion Los Naranjos

Trying this coffee via French Press this morning.

Aroma of lime. Taste of Marmite and citrus. Really nice and clean, almost Kenya-like.


Natasha’s coffee photography

I love these pics Natasha took, they were taken for her photography project at school. What do you think?

Coffee   Coffee4 Coffee3 Coffee2

Rare Vintage

We had a chance to taste and enjoy a rare vintage yesterday with vacationing in TO. Penfold’s Cabernet Sauvignon 1998, which we brought back with us on our first family vacation to Adelaide Australia. It was a memorable time visiting the winery and restaurant, which by the way has a wine service which I have not seen equalled elsewhere. And the wine we gently nurtured in the wine caller under the stairs has come along beautifully. I was well surprised to feel the acidity structure still firm and tight after all that time. The colour has a ruby glow touched with a hint of burnt umber. The palate had a sweet roundness which reminded me of port wine.

I guess 1998 was a good year!

Topical coffee

Twice in 2 days I stumbled upon the use of topically applied coffee as a treatment (or potential treatment). Shizen Spa at Deerhurst offers a green coffee concentrate spa treatment.

“Green Coffee Anti-Cellulite Wrap
Slim and firm your body with this buzz-worthy targeted treatment. Powerful green
coffee concentrate and activating gel combine with a wrap, helping release toxins
and eliminate water retention and giving trouble spots that smooth, hydrated look.”

And, Jason Coffee reported that a Rutgers study found that applying coffee topically may fight skin cancer. What will they think of next?

What do you use coffee for, other than a daily perk?

Coffee in the health News again

New research showing coffee to be a significant source of soluble dietary fibre – regardless of how it’s brewed

On a personal note, I have found increasing fibre intake to be one of the easiest and most effective ways to lose weight and keep it lost. So I am really soked to hear this news. Yay coffee! More reason to drink you.