TESTED RECIPE

Orange, Almond and Date Bites

Makes 3 dozen. Recipe is reprinted from “Milk & Cardamom: Spectacular Cakes, Custards and More, Inspired by the Flavors of India” by Hetal Vasavanda. “If you’re looking for healthy dessert recipes, I am giving you one right here. This bite is a cross between a nut and a praline. The maple syrup and honey mixture caramelizes and hardens slightly, giving you a crunchy, nutty bite with just a hint of sweetness. Perfect for your next hiking trip!” — Hetal Vasavanda

1½ cups raw almonds

¼ cup raw cashews

4 Medjool dates, chopped small

¼ cup raisins

½ tablespoon orange zest

¼ cup honey

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add the almonds, cashews, chopped dates, raisins, orange zest, honey, maple syrup and salt. Mix well and spoon onto the parchment-lined baking pan.

3. Use a spatula to tightly pack and press the mixture into an even layer. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes and cool completely. Cut into 1½-inch square bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.