This exotic fruit is not only deliciously sweet, it is also packed with a plethora of health benefits, from lowering cholesterol, adding protein to your diet, rich in vitamins and fiber, to promoting digesting.
You can enjoy a few a day instead of candy (seriously, they do taste like candy) or you can bake with them.
Nutty Date Loaf Bread
1 3/4 cup unbleached, all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup chopped dried dates
2 TBSP coconut oil
1 cup nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans—any nut you enjoy, your choice)
1 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Heat oven to 350F
Lightly grease a loaf pan.
In a bowl, mix together; dates, coconut oil and boiling water, then set aside and let it cool. Once cooled (make sure it is cooled as you don’t want to cook the egg), mix in the beaten egg and white and brown sugars, and mix until mixture is smooth and creamy.
In a separate bowl, mix together; flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt, mix well.
Add dry ingredients to the wet bowl, and blend.
Add nuts and vanilla, and blend well.
Bake for 50 – 60 minutes (toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center).