Dates and Recipes

Have you heard that dates make your labor easier and shorter?

Link here for research outcomes

In 2008 a study was done with significant results: more comfort with contractions, more spontaneous labors, more intact membranes and a shorter “latent phase” (early phase to about 6 centimeters) in women who ate 6 dates a day for their last month of pregnancy! Dates are quite sweet and can be difficult to eat so we have included a couple of recipes here:

1.       Date cocoa smoothie: Combine in a blender and blend until smooth;  add a couple of ice cubes and blend till your desired consistency if you like your smoothies icy.

  •       6 dates, pitted
  •      2 cups of almond milk
  •       1-2 Tbsps. of Cocoa

2.       PB&J date smoothie:  Blend until smooth

  •       ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  •       1 Tbsp peanut butter
  •       4 pitted dates
  •      1 frozen banana
  •        ½ cup strawberries
  •      ½ tsp vanilla extract

3.       Raw Brownie Bites (12 bites – 2 = 1 date):  Blend the sunflower seeds and walnuts in a food processor until finely ground (but not a nut better). Add the cacao powder and vanilla extract and blend again until mixed evenly. Add the dates and process until a dough like mixture is formed. Roll into 12 balls (1 Tbsp each) keep in the refrigerator for 1 week or freezer for 1 month.

  •    1 cup pitted dates
  •     ½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  •       ½ cup walnuts
  •      3 T raw cacao powder (or 4 Tbsp cocoa powder)
  •     ½ tsp vanilla extract

4.       Valentine’s Day cookies (24 cookies):

  •    1 cup pitted medjool dates
  •    ½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  •   ½ Cup walnuts
  •     3 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or 4 Tbsp cocoa powder)
  •      ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Filling:
  •      ½ cup raspberries (frozen speeds up the process)
  •     2 Tbsp coconut flour
  •     1 Tbsp honey or agave
  •    1 tsp vanilla
  •     Blend the sunflower seeds and walnuts in a food processor until finely ground but not a nut butter consistency.
  •     Add the cocoa powder and vanilla extract and blend again until mixed evenly.
  •     Add the dates and process until a dough like mixture is formed. You should be able to sculpt the dough without crumbling.
  •    Remove the dough from the food processor and transfer onto a large piece of wax paper, cover with wax paper and flatten with a rolling pin. Transfer the dough (with the wax paper) to the freezer)
  •      For the filling, combine raspberries, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla in a pood processor and blend until smooth.
  •     Transfer the filling mixture to wax paper and top with wax paper and use a rolling pin to flatten. Transfer to the freezer (with the wax paper)
  •     While the filling is setting remove the outer dough from the freezer and remove the top layer of wax paper and using a cookie cutter cut eh dough into 1 inch hearts.
  •    Repeat the process with the filling.
  •     Place one filling heart over one cookie heart and top with another cookie heart to form a sandwich.
  •    Store in freezer until served.
  • 1 cookie = 1 date

5.       Chocolate Coconut balls (2 – balls, 2 Tbsps. Each = one date):  Store in airtight container in fridge up to one week

  •      ½ C chopped Dates
  •    ½ C walnuts
  •     1/3 C chocolate chips    
  •    1/3 C shredded coconut
  •    some extra fine coconut for rolling.
  •     Put nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut in food processor and pulse until chopped
  •    Add dates and pulse until mixed into a thick paste
  •    Use damp fingers to form into balls 2 Tbsps. each
  •   Roll balls in shredded coconut
  •    Refrigerate 30 min.

6.       Very Cherry balls (2 – balls, 2 Tbsps. Each = one date):  Store in airtight container in fridge up to one week 

  •     ¼ C chopped Dates
  •   ¼ C dried cherries
  •    1/3 C pecans, almonds or walnuts            
  •    1/8 tsp cinnamon
  •    Put nuts and cinnamon in food processor, pulse until chopped
  •    Add dates and dried fruit, pulse until mixed into a thick paste
  •    Use damp fingers to form into balls 2 Tbsps. each
  •    Refrigerate 30 min.