As I've already told you about I'm trying out a new product that i had never hear about, the date syrup. I'm loving its flavor and rich texture and I decided to try it out on these Blueberry yogurt bites. These are great for dessert or just a treat in the middle of the day, just because it's summer time!
The base of the recipe is very simple, I wouldn't even call it recipe.
All you need is:
The first step is to get the cookies in the food processor and give them a good whirl along with the softened butter. When they are really crumbled add the date syrup and pulse for several times until it combines well. There will be some tiny chunks of date syrup, it's perfectly fine. They're delicious!
That rich color and texture adds a tremendous depth to the cookie mix. I'm telling you, you have to try these syrup, it really is something else!
The next step is to press the cookie mix into the molds. I used a mini cupcake pan and didn't use any spray to prevent sticking. There's no need for the extra greasiness and the bites just come out of the molds perfectly fine.
This step takes a little patience on your part because we're dealing with a small cavity and the cookie mix has to be perfectly pressed on so it doesn't crumble at the first chance it gets. The best thing is to divide all the cookie mix through all the cavities and then go on with the pressing, taking all the time needed just to make sure it gets perfectly pressed on!
I must confess that it's totally gratifying to look at this photo! Patience gets rewarded! I'm not obsessed with perfectly organized patterns but when cooking I think there's a little obsession that comes out in me!
The next thing to do is fill all the cookie bases with the yogurt. I got my kids to help because they love to do this kind of thing. They were really helpful and very methodical about it! Mr J and Miss B are getting really comfortable in the kitchen and I must say I'm very proud of them. Learning basic skills is very important from a young age and seeing them interested is the greatest rewarded I could get.
After that just top each blueberry bite with a blueberry and put the molds in the freezer for, at least, 2 hours. After that or when you're ready to eat the delicious treats just take the molds out of the freezer, get a serving board or large plate and turn the molds upside down, patting gently on the bottom of the bites. They will start coming out fairly easily.
I used a bit more of the date syrup to go on top of the bites and it turned out perfect!
The light sweetness of the yogurt combines perfectly with the texture of the crumbled cookies and the richness of the date syrup. It's just an overall perfect dessert and healthy too. It has a bit of butter and the sugar is just from the dates that go in the syrup!
Next time I'll be trying this bites with strawberry yogurt and raspberries on top. There's a lot of possible combinations it's just a matter of trying them all out! Someone has to make the sacrifice and my kids don't mind that at all!