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Eid Recipes – Date and Coconut Bars

Posted on July 13, 2015 by in baked goods

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Eid al-Fitr  is on Friday, the 17th of July.

Eid al-Fitr  in North America will start a day later, based on sight ability in North America, in 2015  – on Saturday, the 18th of July.

Note that in the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on the sunset of Thursday, the 16th of July.


It is part of the Ramadan tradition to break the fast with a date. Most of its benefits are unique to this particular fast. The body benefits from the date’s high level of natural sugars. Sugars travel most quickly to the liver, where they are converted into energy more quickly than any other nutrient. Muslims have an immediate need for this energy when they break their fast, for they need energy to perform their sunset prayers. Enjoy all my other Eid recipes here, here and here.

These Date and Coconut bars is a recipe I developed for Safari, thinking that I would have to give the bars to my elderly neighbours, because my children would not touch something with dates. Well, I was so wrong, they loved, love, loved it! So today I am making it for the 3rd time and you can try it too to either give to your kids during Eid or as a gift to your neighbours.


Date and Coconut Squares

makes 20 squares


250 ml desiccated coconut
125 ml chopped nuts – I used almonds and pecans
375 ml flour
pinch of salt
5 ml baking powder
250 ml packed brown sugar
175 ml butter – cut in smaller cubes
500 ml Safari Pitted Dates – chopped
250 ml water
80 ml packed brown sugar
juice of 1 lemon


Preheat oven to 180 C. Place the coconut, nuts, flour, salt, baking powder and 250 ml brown sugar in your food processor. Pulse until mixed and then add the butter and pulse until it has a crumbly texture. Line a 25 x 25cm pie dish with baking paper and press half of the crumbs down in the bottom of the dish. Place the dates, water, 80 ml brown sugar and lemon juice in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the dates are soft. Spread the mixture over the base in the baking dish and then pat the remaining crumbs on the top.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the top has browned. Cool and cut into squares.


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