Preheat the oven to 175C/350F
Place dates in a small bowl and cover with 40 ml of boiling water.
Sprinkle with a dash of bicarb.
Allow to sit for 20 minutes or until softened.
Place in a small blender and process until a soft paste forms and the dates are broken down.
Place the dry ingredients in a blender/kitchen whiz and mix until combined.
Add the dates and the wet ingredients (EXCEPT for the milk) and process until smooth.
Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until a smooth consistency is reached (the mixture should be pourable but not super runny.
Add orange zest and cardamom and pulse briefly.
Pour into a greased cake pop tin, remembering to also grease the lid tin.
Bake in oven for 12 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.