Dream Date

Dates

Remember that time your hippie aunt tried to convince you that apples were “nature’s candy”? Put your childhood disillusions aside and make way for Mother Nature’s golden gumdrop: the date! These plump beauties are naturally born with a sweet 80% sugar content and a delightfully sticky chew.

Dates

THE DATE’S NOT OVER YET:

Health experts call dates an “ideal food” because of their nutritional balance between energy-boosting sugar, high fiber, and super rich antioxidant and mineral content. Dates are an excellent source of potassium, calcium, and B-vitamins, and are up there at the top of the ORAC scale, which measures antioxidant values. Though seemingly “high” in sugar, dates¬†do not¬†have adverse affects on blood sugar – all that good fiber is like a sugar safety net slowing its absorption into your bloodstream. For that reason, dates are a superb substitute for sugar in any recipe, especially smoothies, mousses, muffins, and nut milks.

SPEED DATING:

Dates are an easy portable snack on their own. Though if you have an extra minute, I recommend giving them a yummy boost by filling them with a walnut, some nut butter, or tahini. They’re also a quick topping to instantly upgrade your oatmeal, salad, or ice cream.

Dates with Almond Butter

ADVANCED DATING:

You might remember your hippie aunt’s date-studded fruitcake or mildly inedible “date bars,” but the lexicon of date-based recipes has (thankfully) evolved into an exciting spread of healthy snacks and nutrient dense desserts.

Check out some of our favorite date recipes:

 

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