How to Prepare Healthy and Sugar Free Desserts and Treats?
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Dates are the Perfect Sweet Binder and Base
As consciousness shifts towards healthier living and eating, sugar-free foods
continue to be a hot topic and new and healthier recipes are surfacing to meet the
demands of these health conscious cooks.
Making the switch to sugar free desserts and treats is easy when you discover the
natural sweetness and texture that dried fruits provide and dates take a starring
Dates are oval fruits with that give us a healthy dose of potassium. Each date has
one seed inside. They can be enjoyed fresh or dried like raisins and while they are
oddly wrinkled with a brown exterior, they are also very satisfying with a chewy,
Brought to the U.S. by USDA explorer Walter Swingle early on in the 20th century,
the production of dates is a growing industry. Although there are only two primary
date varieties grown in the U.S. – medjool and deglet noor – there are over 3,000
varieties of dates total.
One of the challenges that surfaces when making the switch from cooked to raw
dishes is how thicken them. The sticky texture of dates works as the perfect binder,
thickener or base to incorporate your veggies and other raw ingredients into, or as
an ingredient for your sweet fillings and purees.
Dates have been around for centuries and today Medjool dates, often seen in
holiday baskets, are longtime favorites because of their soft texture and the
sweetness they provide but Deglet Noor dates (smaller and drier than Medjool)
are relatively inexpensive and the most commonly used. Honey dates, Halawi,
Khadrawi, and Barhi are other popular well-known varieties, however, Medjool dates
are the only ones that can actually be picked and eaten fresh.
Dates are easy to digest, dense with health benefiting phytonutrients, and fiber
(dietary fiber help move waste through our bodies smoothly), B vitamins, c