Dates are one of the most delicious natural sweets around. They are great to eat on their own, or used to make yummy desserts, cakes and slices. Dates are also a great base for sweetening raw food recipes without using added sugar.
Dates in the Kitchen:
Dates are delicious just on their own or in combination with nuts and seeds for a wholesome snack. They can be chopped and sprinkled through your breakfast cereal or mixed though pancake batter. They make a tasty natural sweetener in cakes and muffins, reducing the need for refined sugar to be used.
Recently, dates have found popularity in the raw food cooking community, due to their naturally sweet caramel flavour and sticky texture. They are perfect for making energy balls and slices as they can be pressed easily into shape with other ingredients. Dates and almond meal mixed together make the ideal base for raw cheesecakes and they are used in many other raw cake recipes as they bind well with most ingredients.
Dates have a higher cell protecting anti-oxidant than most other dried fruits.
Interesting facts about dates:
About 3% of the earth’s farmland area is covered by date palms, producing an amazing 4 million tons of dates every year.
Dates are especially high in beneficial dietary fibre, helping to keep digestion regular and cholesterol levels normal. Dates are also a good source of iron, calcium, manganese, copper, magnesium and contains a wide range of B vitamins for energy.
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