What is the hardest thing about cutting out refined sugar in your diet? Finding desserts that contain no added sugar. Really, when you think about it, why would we expect a dessert without some sugar added to it? It’s dessert! However, I do expect desserts that taste comparable to what I was used to eating! And I expect this to happen with fruit alone. Thankfully, I have found a whole food sweetener.
They’re dates! Dates are truly nature’s candy. Can I tell you a secret though? I have never eaten a date in its original form. I have had dates stuffed with bleu cheese and wrapped with bacon (mmm…can we say “future post”?), but never while it was au naturel. I have convinced myself that will be too sweet to eat, so I haven’t popped one in my mouth. Instead I see possibilities for this humble fruit; one of them being “date paste”.
You can use this paste in place of sugar to sweeten many foods: cakes, muffins, soups and chili, sauces, blended beverages, etc. It’s, also, great for spreads on breads, pancakes, waffles, crackers – whatever you can put a spread on. It’s not a perfect sweetener perfect for every recipe, but I will provide plenty of recipes to choose from that you will love. Be sure to check in on Sundays where I will post my “Sweet Sunday” dessert recipes.
DATE PASTE INSTRUCTIONS
As you will see from the instructions, it’s hard to mess this up. For ease, I have provided the recipe below. Feel free to tweak it to your tastes.
YOU WILL NEED: 3 cups of dates (medjool or deglet are fine), 3 cups of water, a medium saucepan, blender, and a container to store the finished product. Make sure the container is sterilized.
And here you have it, a whole food sweetener that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Unlike sugar, dates are not empty calories. According to Organic Facts at Organicfacts.com, “Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Its a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K”. So, enjoy it. But, of course, eat everything in moderation.
What are your favorite dishes that contain dates? Is there a dessert that you like to see with no added sugar? Please comment and let us know.