In a saucepan, cover dates with water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and cook for 45 minutes or until dates are soft; drain. Remove and discard pits from dates. Line a 10 x 5-inch microwave safe dish with plastic wrap. In a bowl, combine mochiko, sugar, oil, and water; mix well. Stir in dates and nuts. Pour mixture in prepared dish; cover with plastic wrap. Rotating dish several times during cooking, microwave on high power for 7 minutes. Carefully turn gau over; cook another 3 to 7 minutes or until done. Let stand uncovered for about 30 minutes. Pull gau from sides of dish and invert onto a platter. Cool and cut into serving pieces. Makes 20 servings.
Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
200 calories, 8 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 3 g protein