Back in February when Camilla was buried knee-deep in law-books, fighting hard to finish her Master’s thesis in time for the due date, she was in absolute agony about the fact that our next adventure abroad wasn’t going to happen before the end of May. Our trip to Istanbul back in October seemed like ages ago, and being in February the Sun surely had no intentions to peek out from its cloudy cover any time soon. So, to mend this terrible state of things, we decided to go and check out Israel! Neither of us had ever had the opportunity to go there before, so we snatched the cheapest flight tickets around and jumped on the plane. It’s incredible how even the worst of our 1st World problems can be solved as easy as this…!
Looking back on this trip really makes us wonder why we hadn’t gone to Israel earlier on. It’s such a beautiful country and, being influenced by Europe, the Middle-east and North Africa, the food is simply amazing. Also, with 4 percent of the population being declared vegans, the vast array of veggie-based dishes served in most restaurants is truly astonishing. Oh the amounts of humus and falafel we consumed! It’s the promised land for vegans, especially if you find yourself getting hungry in Tel Aviv.
As we’ve done before, a couple of dining recommendations from Tel Aviv seems to be in order:
Places we visited and loved in Tel Aviv:
Casbah (3 Florentine St.)
Low key hipster café situated in the upcoming Florentine area.
Night Kitchen (43 Lilenblum St.)
Part bar, part restaurant with a great modern/fusion kitchen. Try the tomato carpaccio!
Mizlala (57 Nahalat Binyamin St.)
Fine-ish dining with a cool, cosmopolitan vibe, serving Israeli/fusion food.
HaPizza (51 Bograshov St.)
Top-rated Italian-style pizza joint with a ton of vegetarian pizzas on the menu.
Carmel Food Market (HaCarmel St.)
Bustling market-street overflowing with fruits, vegetables, spices, tasteless souvenir trinkets, and whatever the heart desires. Several street food stalls, juice bars and small cafés lie scattered along the market (P.S.; It’s the market you see in our picnic-video).
And now, for the Dates & Apple Bites recipe; We where inspired to do this particular recipe in Jerusalem where we were treated to some almost similar bites in a tiny café serving vegan food somewhere in the depths of the local food market. We loved the combination of apples, dates, and oats, and we decided to tweak it with our personal preferences.
Also, we wanted to create something simple; We often use food processors, blenders, and so on in our recipes, but to make these delightful little bites you’ll only need a fork. Simple as that. Just mash it, mix it, roll it, and you’re ready to enjoy.
Camilla likes to bring them to work for an afternoon snack when she is low on energy. They kind of resembles a müsli bar as their high fibre content makes them filling, and they won’t mess with your blood sugar.
Date & Apple Bites
(Makes 24 pieces)
16 Medjool dates, pitted (approx. 320 g)
125 ml / 0,5 cup / 60 gram almonds, finely chopped
1 small/medium apple, grated
250 ml / 1 cup rolled oats
250 ml / 1 cup dessicated coconut (plus extra for coating)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon A pinch of salt
Mash the dates with a fork into a paste. Mix the date-paste and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl until of uniform consistency.
Divide the dough into 24 pieces and roll into small bites (approx. 3 cm / 1.2 inches in diameter).
Cover each bite in dessicated coconut and they are done!