Benefits of Dates
High in polyphenols.
Polyphenols are antioxidant compounds that can protect the body from inflammation. It contain more polyphenols than most other fruits and vegetables.
Alternative to empty-calorie sweets.
Dates can satisfy a person’s sweet tooth while also providing essential nutrients, such as vitamin B-6 and iron.
High in fiber.
Just ¼ of a cup of this fruit provides 12 percent of a person’s daily fiber requirement. Fiber helps a person feel fuller for longer.
High in potassium.
Dates are high in potassium, which is an electrolyte the body needs for good heart health. Potassium also helps to build muscle and proteins in the body.
Great for substitutions.
People can replace the sugar, chocolate chips, or candies in baking recipes with this fruit to ensure they are eating natural sugars instead of refined sugars
Healthy Date bites
- 10-12 date
- Nuts (Walnut, pecan)
- shredded coconut
- Start by pitting 10-12 dates and then soaking them in warm water. This helps soften the dates so they blend much easier with the pecans. If the dates are super fresh and soft, you can probably skip this step.
- Add the dates and nuts to a food processor, and add a pinch of salt which helps offset the sweetness of the dates. I use raw pecans, but toasted ones are fine too
- When you blend the dates and nuts, you’ll want to look for a sticky dough like mixture. Then, use your hands to scoop out about 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and roll them into a small energy bites.
- You can set them in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Then, roll them in the shredded coconut and you’re ready to snack on your new favorite date balls.
This recipe includes only 2 ingredients and coconut coating. But there are so many ways to customize these date bites to make them work for you.
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