Gluten free date and ginger slice, minus three points

Kid 1 to our dog: Elvis I love you so much but I minus three points of love because you have no butt cheeks.

Kid 1 is a hard taskmaster. After being begged asked to try this slice, he had a tiny nibble. Letting me down as gently as he was able to, the sproglet informed me that ‘it was not to his taste and he didn’t like the ginger and chocolate together.’ Well, that left a large amount of slice for the taller people in our household. (Kid 2 saw the cornflakes and ran a mile.) Leftover gluten free cornflakes needed to be used up so this recipe was on my ‘to do’ list. The Yak and myself were big fans, as were the other friends that I palmed it off on shared it lovingly with. It is a bit like a poorer cousin of a fancy florentine, but no less delicious.

With a chewy unctuousness, this slice isn’t as sweet as you would imagine and the ginger is a welcome spicy surprise. It would be a wonderful addition to a Christmas celebration or packaged prettily as a festive gift. Containing dates, this concoction must be good for you and being doused in dark chocolate (which science has proven to be rich in important nutrients), it is doubly so.

Kid 1, I love you so much but I minus three points of love for you being such a fussy bugger.


1 1/2 cups (180g) chopped dates
170g butter
85g sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
3 cups (80g) gluten free cornflakes
170g dark chocolate

Put the chopped dates, butter, sugar and ginger into a medium sized saucepan. Place over a low heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is thoroughly amalgamated. This takes about 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and mix in the cornflakes.
When everything is well combined, press into a 30 X 21 cm shallow tin until it’s about 1cm thick. My slice was about 26cm long, it depends how thick you make it.
Once the mixture has cooled, put it in the fridge until it is quite firm. This took about 45 minutes.

Melt the chocolate carefully and pour it over the chilled slice.
Spread out evenly with a knife or spatula, then score the surface of the chocolate with a fork.
Set aside to cool and cut into small fingers or squares.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container, separating the layers with baking or waxed paper. Makes about 20-25 squares, depending on the size.
Cooking Note: you can use regular cornflakes if you don’t require a gluten free slice.

Recipe from Ladies, A Plate by Alexa Johnston

21 thoughts on “Gluten free date and ginger slice, minus three points

  1. My oh, my oh, goodness gracious me, Cheergerm. Maybe you just need to have Kid 1 see the luscious photos of this recipe. Unctuous is the best word I can sum it all up with.
    I’m a massive fan of dates – in fact, breakfast this morning was a taste test plate of four different kinds to see if I could decipher the differences between the varieties. Boy, was I surprised. I’ve been using dates as a sweetener for so much of my cooking now, but I’m only just becoming aware of the differences in flavor. Beautiful realization. Wish I could try one fresh.
    Wish I could try a slice of your slice!

    • Thanks Mrs P! Dates do make a great sweetener, yes indeedy! I am going to knock back the sugar by half in this slice next time and see how it goes. I have tried using dates as a tricky secret ingredient instead of sugar a few times but Kid 1 always notices…wish I could send you a wee bite of slice too. I just sent you a ‘virtual slice of slice’, enjoy!

  2. A.PROMPTreply

    Am glad you gave him demerits! He knows not what he has in you…..I can’t imagine living with someone who cooks like this all the time!

    • Thanks Food, he is entitled to his opinion but I am still minusing three points…from now on, when ever I am less than happy about anything, I will be mentally (if silently) minusing three points off. For example, I came across a rude person today and they are now minus three points. I am having a bad hair day? Minus three points off myself…yeah, I like it…

  3. I had to laugh at the Kid’s nonchalance. You have definitely spoiled him with an abundance of wonderful things to eat, and now he has become a critic! But this seems very much a treat for grownups 🙂

    • Yes, mayhaps a creature of my own creation. Definitely a bit grown up with the ginger and chocolate. I remember being his age and bring greatly affronted at chocolates that I was given that were actually candied ginger hiding under the chocolate. I hated them!

      • I love candied ginger, but it does seem an adult thing, with the heat of it. I am curious–could you use fresh or candied ginger in this recipe?

      • I think candied ginger would be fab. Fresh ginger…mmm….I wonder what half a teaspoon of it grated, stirred into the date mixture would be like? So maybe, half a teaspoon grated fresh, half of dried ginger and a teaspoon of finely chopped candied ginger? Next time! If you get there first, let me know!

  4. Points deducted for no butt cheeks? Well, you have to admire someone who has such an opinion on things. My kids aren’t fans of ginger in baked goods, a fact which fils my ginger-loving mum with pleasure as she gets more 😉 I agree – this sounds uber Chrismassy and I can’t wait to try come December 😉

    • Yes, pity all those creatures in the world who lack butt cheeks! My lads like ginger in muffins, cakes and biscuits usually…go figure….your lucky mum. She wins out there then. 😁

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