Now when I say dates I’m not talking about romantic dinners or wine on the beach as I watch the sunset with a handsome man, I’m actually talking about the dried fruit.
Dates are a small fruit grown on date palms often found around tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Dried dates are a dehydrated version of a fresh date similar to raisons, prunes and cranberries.
I’ve never been a huge fruit fan and as a kid grew up hating sultanas (which I still hate to this day). It wasn’t until recently I began experimenting with dried pitted dates in my protein balls that I discovered these wrinkled brown lumps actually taste amazing!
Dates are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals including B complex, magnesium and iron. They are high in dietary fibre and carbohydrates and contain mor
e potassium than bananas! They are also 99% fat free making them the perfect snack to kick those cravings!
My favourite way to eat dates are by making a date and peanut butter sandwich. Simply take two dates and spread a small amount of peanut butter between them – delicious!
You can also substitute sugar or honey in your oats by chopping up 2-3 dates finely and cooking them through to add sweetness.
Protein balls are another great recipe you can add them to. If you haven’t already checked out my recipe for Pro-giser Balls I recommend doing so.
What are your favourite ways to eat dates? Share your favourite recipes in the comments!