I would love to have a date tree in my back yard. How awesome would that be? Very.
Dates are a fruit born from the Date Palm tree. These trees can range from 49 ft – 82 ft tall. Humongous!! There are many varieties of dates, my favorite are Medjool.
These are usually large, moist, and sweet. Dates are a great source of natural sugars, potassium, protein, fiber, and trace minerals such as: boron, copper, cobalt, fluorine, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc. Wowsers! That’s a serious profile in a small package.
Where can you find them?
- Natural health food stores
- In major chain groceries they are sometimes in the produce area near the nuts
- Online: Nutsonline.com and Amazon.com are 2 of my favorite places to order
What can you use dates for?
- To make date paste 😉
- Chopped up in your favorite trail mix
- Once pitted, stuff with an almond, pecan, or walnut for a delicious snack
- Natural sweetener in raw and non-raw desserts
- Perfect binder in raw or no-bake desserts (crusts, homemade lara like bars, cookies, etc
How to Make Date Paste
- 1 cup of dates, pitted & soaked for 1 hour
- 1/3 cup water (you may use reserved soak water)
- Remove dates from their soak water and place in a high speed blender or food processor with 1/3 cup water.
- Blend on high until a paste is formed. Sides of food processor or blender may need to be scraped down in between.
- This will make approximately 1 cup of date paste. Store in an air tight container for a week or more. (mine doesn’t usually last more than a week)
What can you use a date paste for?
- Natural sweetener
- As a date ‘butter’
- Mix with fresh crushed berries for a naturally sweetened fresh jam
- Add to smoothies for sweetness
- Use in your raw or baked granola
- Mix with cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon for a ‘baklava’ type dip
- Use as a fruit dip for bananas and apples then dip in chopped nuts
- I’ve read it can be used in baked goods (although I’ve never tried it)
- Raw almond milk sweetener
- As a binder in raw macaroons