In my most recent Parents magazine there was a recipe for fig foldovers which inspired me to make a snack size bite that Elena could eat along with Ryan and I. I love the idea of having homemade snacks for our family and knew this I could change the recipe a bit to have less sugar and more whole grains. They did take a lot of dishes to make but were so worth it. We all can't stop eating them and I already brought some in to work as well. A great way to get a whole grain snack packed with fruit and some sweetness to satisfy anyone mid day.
They made 48 bites and we decided to freeze some but continue to go through them super fast. I think next time I will all whole grain flour; the only reason I didn't this time was because I ran out. They would work with any dried fruit but I loved the combination of the cherries and dates. If you are going to try these make sure to look for dried fruit without added sugar.
Now get to the store to get ingredients and get baking! My husband and I love them and they are soft enough for our daughter to bite on her own (a huge bonus not to have to cut it up!).
Whole Grain Date & Cherry Bites
- 1 cup dried dates, pitted and chopped (no sugar added)
- 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped (no sugar added)
- 1 1/2 tsp orange zest (I didn't measure and just used the zest from half an orange)
- Juice from one orange (freshly squeezed- if a few chunks of orange go in that's okay it will cook down and add fiber)
- ~1/2 cup of water
- 1 cup salted butter, softened - I may cut a few tbsp out next time to see if the dough still forms with less)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour - you could use all whole grain too if you have it
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- dash of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Add the dried fruit and next 4 ingredients (through water) into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer until almost all the liquid is absorbed (mine took ~11 minutes). Remove from the heat to cool
- Beat butter quickly in a mixer then add the sugar until combined. Once combined add the eggs and vanilla and blend together.
- In a bowl,stir together the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour through salt).
- Beat dry ingredients into butter to form a dough and knead together until combined
- Divide the dough into 4 separate sections. Using parchment paper set one piece of dough between parchment paper (if you have it..if not lay flour down on a level surface) and roll into a rectangle
- Spread 1/4 of the dried fruit along one side of the dough, fold dough over and press edges down with a fork. Cut into 12 pieces.
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 with the other three parts of dough and filling.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until browned to your liking. Remove and cool before serving.