The how and why of eating a whole food, plant-based diet
20 Plant-Based Recipes made with Dates
We rounded up 20 whole food, plant-based, nutritious and delicious recipes made with fiber-filled dates! Breakfasts, sides, snacks, dips, sauces, dressings, and lots of desserts!
Dates are a sweet fruit most often sold dried. They’re rich in fiber (so they don’t lead to a blood sugar spike), vitamins, and minerals and you’ll see them in most of our desserts as well as other recipes that need a hint of sweetness.
You can find dates at most grocery stores in the bulk section or with the dried fruit. Word of caution, make sure to buy pitted dates as pitting them yourself is a tedious task. Also, make sure the only ingredient is “dates.” Some are coated with dextrose (not good!), especially if they’re pre-chopped.
There are literally hundreds of varieties of dates, but these 2 are the easiest to come across:
Deglet Noor – Often the easiest to find and the most affordable, I would consider these to be an all-purpose date. The flavor resembles brown sugar. I pick these up in the dried food section at our local Kroger, ALDI, or Walmart. The generic 8 oz package cost a mere $1.89-1.94. The 8 oz package measures out to approximately 2 cups which – conveniently – makes 1 batch of my favorite treat: Chocolate Snowballs.
Medjool – These larger dates are sweet and moist. At local grocery stores I typically find these in the produce section, often hidden off to the side on a bottom shelf. They’re usually sold in 12 oz packages for about $6.00. I only opt for these when I’m going for an extra decadent treat, they really hit a homerun when used for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
on to the recipes!…
Oil-Free Chunky Granola made with Aquafaba
Whole-food, plant-based chunky and crispy granola made with aquafaba and sweetened with dates. No oil or sugar added. Great for breakfast and snacking.
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