Hah! The cutting up of the dates turned out to be rather troublesome. I started out with the oiled scissors. Pretty soon my hand was hurting. Then I moved on to a sharp oiled knife. That was very slow going. Then I tried the food processor; that went somewhat better, however, the dates were pretty tough. I added some rolled oats to the mix in order to keep the dates from clumping. Those dates really gave my Cuisinart a workout. It took a lot of pulsing to finally get them chopped to a reasonable size. Maybe these were not the freshest of dates?