Dates are a wondrous food for their health benefits, taste and versatility. Truly nature's candy, dates are an incredible snack alone or with other fruit, celery or cucumber sticks. They are also fantastic additions to smoothies, desserts, trail mix, cereal, as a sweetener in salad dressings, chopped into salads, and more.
The Health Benefits of Dates
Dates are an ideal food for improved energy and brain function. They are a good source of vitamin A & B-complex and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, and potassium. Dates are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years by athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina.
Dates contain anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties which make it an excellent food for those who suffer with chronic infections and auto-immune disorders. They also help to control heart rate and blood pressure which offers protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases. Dates contain an easily digestible fiber that has been found to help prevent colon, prostate, lung, endometrial, breast, and pancreatic cancers. They are also known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, relieve constipation, improve anemia, and prevent macular degeneration.
Caramel Fudge Squares
Today's recipe is a perfect example of just how delicious and versatile these little bites of sweetness can be. With just four simple ingredients, these Caramel Fudge Squares are surprisingly delicious. Keep them in your fridge for a sweet treat that is ready to eat anytime. It's the perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth with a creamy, cold dessert that will hit the spot every time.
2 cups dates
1/4 cup tahini
1 inch piece of vanilla bean
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients until a large smooth ball is formed.
2. Line a brownie pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper and press fudge batter out until smooth and even. Cover and place in freezer for 2 hours or overnight.
3. To serve, remove from freezer, cut into squares and sprinkle with sea salt. Best served cold and stored in the freezer.
This item posted: 11-Apr-2016
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