I grew up eating 紅棗, or Chinese dates (which are jujubes and apparently have nothing in common with the dates), so I was never afraid to try dates. However, to this day, dates are still a bit funky to me. They’re sweet and chewy inside and packed with nutrients, but the only part that weirds me out is how they
resemble enlarged brown cockroaches. Nevertheless, dates are yummy! Now that I think about it, they are probably nature’s purest form of candy.
I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, but I demanded that my mom buy medjool dates and I started to snack on them nonstop. And the weirder part is that I actually started to think, “Hey! Maybe I can go on a raw vegan diet for a bit.” But no, that will never happen, for (too many) reasons that revolve around “I love food too much.” Who knows? Maybe I’ll try being a raw vegan for a week later this summer when I’m not on vacation, just for fun. I’ll let you guys know how that works out. 😉
But anyways, here’s the bottomline: dates are awesome because they are naturally very sweet, so when you make food with dates, you won’t need to add any sugar (yay!). I came up with two raw and vegan recipes that taste really good. The first is a raw cookie dough, which, believe it or not, actually tastes like cookie-dough-you’re-not-supposed-to-eat-because-there’s-egg-in-it-and-you-might-catch-salmonella-but-you-eat-it-anyways. Before you shake your head, you should try this recipe. I was skeptical at first, too, but I’m actually mindblown. And guilt-free (so much for guilt-free morality).
The second is an easy peasy smoothie. I don’t even know what to call this smoothie yet, but it’s packed (and by packed, I mean PACKED) with fibre, among other nutrients, which means it’s perfect for those who have constipation. I love this smoothie because I enjoy the taste of creamy foods, but hate the way I feel afterwards. The banana gives the smoothie its rich and creamy taste, but the drink is very light itself. It’s a great post-workout drink/snack because the potassium level is very high, which means your muscles will love you. Apparently all of these ingredients improve your eyesight, so this smoothie is probably NOT an eyesore (hah), but you didn’t hear that from me. This simple smoothie tastes great and is kind to my body. What more to love?
Raw Cookie Dough (recipe adapted from Rawmanda)
Servings: 7-8 balls (1″ diameter)
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 3 pitted medjool dates
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate
- Break down rolled oats into a fine flour with a food processor.
- In two batches, add water and medjool dates and pulse in food processor until smooth. Mixture should have consistency and wetness of brown sugar. If the mixture is not sticky enough, feel free to add another date or a little more water.
- Fold in cacao nibs or dark chocolate.
- Roll into 1 inch balls. You can roll them in coconut shavings or chopped nuts if you’d like. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer, and enjoy them!
Super-Shittin-Smoothie (name not official)
- 4 pitted medjool dates
- 1 large banana
- 1 tablespoon goji berries
- 4 cups cold water
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Blend all ingredients on high speed until smooth. Stronger blenders will give your smoothie a nice “head” and creamier texture on top.
- Drink up!
I hope you guys try these date recipes! And if not, at least try eating dates. They’re sweet, delicious, and nutritious. Sooooo good. You can thank me for hooking you up with dates later.