Dates have become quite popular in the last few years thanks to their caramelized taste that is perfect for many recipes. Most often known as the main ingredient of date squares, this fleshy fruit is nonetheless super useful and definitely deserves more attention. Zoom on dates!
Dates are a good source of fiber. Indeed, for 10 dried dates, there are 6 grams of fiber, which fulfills 25% of a woman’s daily need. Dates are mostly made of insoluble fibers, which improve the intestinal transit.
Each dried date provides an average of 20 calories and 5 grams of sugar. Caution! Medjool dates however are bigger and therefore contain more sugar (16 grams!). Dates are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins B, potassium, and magnesium.
Dates are probably the easiest fruit to incorporate to a recipe since they are imperceptible yet provide a rich texture once mashed up. They are an excellent and natural substitute to refined sugars and other sweetening agents. Here is a list of unique ideas that use dates:
As a puree, dates naturally sweeten most recipes, from cookies to overnight oatmeal bowls. It can also replace honey and maple syrup, while providing more fibers. You can find ready-made date purees in grocery stores or make your own following the instructions below :
This date puree can be kept in the refrigerator (in a sealed container) for one month.
This fleshy fruit has many unusual uses and definitely deserves more attention!
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