Date & Coconut Slice

  • Servings : 12
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 40m

This date and coconut slice has no added sugar and uses a mix of quinoa and wholemeal flours. Quinoa has some wonderful nutritional benefits which you can read more about here.

Nutrition Note:  There is no need for added sugar in this slice.  The dates and apple puree add all the delicious sweetness it needs.

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  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup wholemeal plain flour
  • ½ cup quinoa flour (or wholemeal plain flour)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup quinoa flakes (or rolled oats)
  • 30g unsalted butter, chopped
  • ½ cup apple puree or apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Grease a 23cm square baking dish or line with baking paper. -

Step 2

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the dates and boiling water. Stir until the water has been absorbed and the dates are smooth. Remove from the heat and stir through the lemon juice and apple puree. Set aside. -

Step 3

Place the oats, quinoa flakes, flour, coconut and butter in a small bowl and mix well to combine. Add to the date mixture and stir until just combined. -

Step 4

Place mixture into the baking tray, pressing down firmly. Bake for around 25 minutes, remove from the oven and leave in the pan to cool. Slice, and keep in the refrigerator or freeze in small portions for up to two months. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by jenny on April 8, 2014

    Hi there,

    Can you replace the quinoa and wholemeal flour with regular white plain flour?


    • posted by Allie on April 9, 2014

      Yes you can, Jenny 🙂 Ax

  2. posted by Liz on April 22, 2014

    I would like to make these gluten free, what would you recommend to replace the oats? Thanks. ( I’ll replace flour with gf plain flour)

    • posted by Jess on April 28, 2014

      Hi Liz, you could try using quinoa flakes – it won’t give the same texture but it will be gluten free 🙂 Jx

    • posted by Helen on February 13, 2015

      You can get gluten free Oats from supermarkets now. That’s what I use 🙂

  3. posted by Bryony on April 24, 2014

    My kids really liked this but it was a little dry. What else could I add, some honey maybe?

  4. posted by Jodie on May 1, 2014

    The recipe doesn’t say whether the butter needs to be melted…?

  5. posted by Lydia on May 2, 2014

    Was going to make it today and was also unsure whether to melt the better?

    • posted by Jess on May 2, 2014

      Hi Lydia, yes it’s best to melt the butter first. Enjoy, Jx

  6. posted by julia on June 21, 2014

    Sounds delicious! My daughter recently can’t have dairy. Should i just omit the butter or do you know if there is a substitute I can use? Thank you

    • posted by Jess on June 22, 2014

      Hi Julia, you could try using an extra 1.5tbsp of apple puree/applesauce in place of butter. Enjoy, Jx

    • posted by Aileen on May 3, 2015

      Nutalex makes a dairy free spread

  7. posted by Carolyn on June 22, 2014

    Can I use coconut flour instead of quinoa flour?

    • posted by Allie on June 23, 2014

      I haven’t tried using coconut flour, so let us know how you go! Ax

  8. posted by Terri case on June 23, 2014

    By my calculations, this slice works out to have just under 2000 calories! How many portions is it supposed to provide? I was so looking forward to this but am put off now by the high calories because it may be healthy but I’m trying to lose weight. Thanks

  9. posted by Sara on July 5, 2014

    Just trying this out for the first time. Could other types of dried fruit be used? Or a mixture of dried fruits?

    • posted by Allie on August 8, 2014

      Hi Sara, you could try other fruits but the reason I use dates is the heating of them creates a really smooth paste that I am not sure you would get from other fruits. But def give it a go and see! Let us know how you get on 🙂 Ax

  10. posted by Donna on July 11, 2014

    My 18 month old loved this! Replaced the butter with coconut oil, added in a grated zucchini & added in a bit of extra flour to make up for the moisture in the zucchini!

    • posted by Aileen on May 3, 2015

      Could everyone please go onto a Health Dept. website & check out the properties everything coconut. The water is fine but heart disease has risen drastically in the parts of Asia that have become affluent enough to afford meat on a regular basis & cook it using coconut milk/cream.

  11. posted by Hayley on August 6, 2014

    Just wondering if you use packaged dried dates or the semi-dried dates from the fresh section of the supermarket? Thanks

    • posted by Allie on August 8, 2014

      Either is fine but I used dried organic dates with no preservatives added. Ax

    • posted by Allie on September 8, 2014

      Hi Hayley, I used packaged dried (with no additives or preservatives) but you can also use medjool or fresh. Ax

  12. posted by Stacie on September 15, 2014


    Where you have

    ½ cup wholemeal plain flour
    ½ cup quinoa flour (or wholemeal plain flour)

    If I don’t want to use quinoa flour.. Do I put 1 cup of wholemeal plain flour?

    Thank you 🙂

    • posted by Allie on September 21, 2014

      Yep, 1 cup of wholemeal plain flour. Ax

  13. posted by Cindy on November 16, 2014

    These were devoured by my 11 month old and my toddler. Used 1 cup whole meal plain flour and it turned out well, sweet enough with no added sugar. Big thumbs up!

  14. posted by Elle on January 28, 2015

    These look great! Could I add Chia seeds?
    Do I just sprinkle thru the mix?

    • posted by Allie on February 5, 2015

      Yes you can add chia seeds. Either sprinkle through or soak 1 tbsp in 3 tbsp of water to form a gel. Great binder and an alternative to egg. Ax

  15. posted by Tara on February 1, 2015

    Hi there
    I made this yesterday and it was yum. I added in some seeds also. I was wondering is it suppose to be crunchy or soft as mine was soft and I was wondering if perhaps I didn’t cook it long enough although it was golden on top and browned underneath?

    • posted by Allie on February 5, 2015

      Perhaps try lowering the heat and cooking for slightly longer? Sometimes cooking without all the traditional baking elements butter, sugar etc the mix can be more temperamental and requires some guesswork as we all have different ovens! I am glad you enjoyed it though 🙂 Ax

  16. posted by Carmen on March 8, 2015

    These are fantastic my 20 month old loved them .I froze half and they defrosted perfectly, I cut them up in bite size cubes and put them in sandwich bags so there ready to go straight into lunchbox.
    Also my husband liked them so I drizzled some dark chocolate on some for him !!
    Thanks for website is amazing

  17. posted by Nicole on May 7, 2015

    What is the 1/4 cup of quinoa flakes/rolled oats for? It’s only mentioned in the ingredients list… Thanks!

    • posted by Allie on May 20, 2015

      Add it in at Step 3.

  18. posted by Cherry on July 20, 2015

    I have not yet been compelled to comment on a recipe, but this is excellent. It lasts forever, holds together and tastes great. I used mashed banana instead of apple puree, and liked the banana flavour but intend to try it with apple, too. Thanks!

    • posted by Allie on July 26, 2015

      Thanks for your comment Cherry, we appreciate the feedback. Ax

  19. posted by Coral on June 21, 2016

    Thanks for this receipe. Ideal for the lunchbox. Love the ‘no added sugar’, even though I put a scraping of icing on the top! I rubbed the butter in with my finger tips & it’s fine. I also just used oats throughout ‘cos I didn’t have quinoa flakes. Next time I throw in a handful of dried cranberries for a bit of zing.


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