Hi, friends! It’s time for the January installment of Recipe Redux (and the second recipe this week)! This month’s theme is all about new ingredients for the new year:
January Theme: A New Ingredient for the New Year
Pick a new ingredient that you’ve been wanting to try… and cook or bake up a new recipe in the new year. Are you curious about nutritional yeast, fish sauce, matcha, teff – or maybe even ugli fruit? Show us how you’re cooking with something new (to you!) in 2016.
I am pretty adventurous with my eating and cooking, so I have tried a lot of foods that could be considered unusual: cricket bars, teff, fish sauce (a regular in our cooking), mesquite powder, sea urchin, duck eggs, and sacha inchi to name a few. No small fete since we live in a small town without a lot of variety as far as foods go.
There are still lots of great foods out there to try! Just watch an episode of Bizarre Foods and you will find out how limited the typical American diet really is. One thing I hadn’t yet tried or cooked with was golden berries, so I found some while we were traveling out of town and decided to bake something yummy with them!
I wanted to add these into oatmeal cookies, but golden berries are super tart (they still have good flavor!), so they were too tart to add to cookies. They taste a bit like candied lemon: sweet and tart! They are delicious and have great flavor, but are much too tart to just add to cookies unless they are chopped small. Instead of cookies I decided to mix these in with dates for these Golden Berry Date Bars.
I adapted this recipe from a Date and Cranberry Crumb Bar recipe my mom used to make. It was one of my favorites! I’m not entirely sure where my mom got the original recipe. Actually neither of us is sure where the original recipe came from, maybe from a cooking magazine or something years ago.
To make these a bit healthier, I reduced the amount of sugar (and didn’t use cane sugar), made these gluten-free, reduced the amount of margarine and used healthy margarine.
If you are on a low-FODMAP diet for IBS, skip the erythritol and use baking Stevia instead. Erythritol can cause intestinal problems and bloating if you have IBS. These bars aren’t low-FODMAP anyway because I included dates, but dates typically don’t bother my stomach quite as much as erythritol does. Make sure you replace the erythritol if you have a sensitive stomach or IBS!