We all crave something a little sweet from time-to-time. When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth and keeping your health goals on-track, what matters most is the QUALITY and type of sweet treat you reach for. Enter the almighty date!
Dates are a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Just one date offers 2 grams fiber, which helps stabilize blood sugar and helps move waste through the body. Vitamins A and K found in these tiny nuggets promote healthy skin, lungs and eyes, while the high content of minerals such as copper and magnesium help prevent oxidative stress, which helps prevent heart disease and certain cancers while boosting immune function in the body.
To get started, try these homemade Energizing Chocolate-Date Bars, copied from Angie Tee at Sea Salt with Food, which can help you push through a grueling workout. Or try the ultra-satisfying Stuffed Date for a decadent, delicious treat.
Energizing Chocolate-Date Bars
2 Cups Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped
2 Cups Raw Cashews
½ Cup Raw Almonds
¾ Cup Cocoa Powder
A Pinch Of Sea Salt
½ Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconuts
2 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
2 to 3 Tbsp. Cold Water
Combine chopped dates, cashews, almonds, cocoa powder, and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse and process all the ingredients together until the texture is coarse. Then add the shredded coconut, a quick pulse, and add the vanilla extract, a little water at a time until it reaches a dry but moist dough consistency. Scrape the dough mixture into the lined pan, press evenly with a rubber spatula, and chill for about an hour before serving.
Cut a date in half and remove the seed, and then stuff with 1 tablespoon of almond butter or Sunbutter. Sprinkle with cinnamon & raw honey for a sweet treat, or leave the honey off and enjoy the delicious richness of the date paired with your chosen nut or seed butter.
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