Easy Peasy Date Dessert

WHO WANTS A HAWT DATE??

Well, I’ve got the PERF date for ya – it involves NO drama & no B.S…. OH – and it includes LOTS of chocolate 😉

Last summer, I went on a date with a foodie friend I met in NYC, Gina from @avo_and_abs. We bonded over spicy kale caesar salads with a sunny side up egg at the legendary plant based restaurant, The Butcher’s Daughter. After inhaling our kale caesars, we chatted about our fave desserts. Gina told me about this easy, delish date dessert that she recently made. I just HAD to recreate it.

WAIT – did I mention that we are FOODIE friends?? 😜

Dates may not be the cutest fruit on the tree, but they are a great little snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dates are an energy dense fruit of the date palm. They have a soft texture and SUPER sweet taste. They are also an excellent source of fiber, with about 1.6 grams of fiber/date!!

In addition to fiber, medjool dates are rich in potassium. Potassium is involved in muscle contraction, nerve transmission, and maintaining intracellular fluid balance. Dates have a greater amount of potassium than bananas, oranges and spinach.

ISN’T THAT BANANAS?!!

One serving of medjool dates is 3.5 ounces. As mentioned earlier, medjool dates are very energy dense so be wary of portion control. I like to eat these little date bites for dessert because they give me some bang for my buck, ya know?

In this recipe, we purposefully included two other ingredients. TBH – I’m not sure if the recipe creator intended to unite these three ingredients, but there is scientific evidence that supports their combination.

ALMOND BUTTER : Almond butter is a FAB source of healthy fats. Adding fats to a meal ( or snack ) will slow down the digestion/ absorption of carbohydrates due to the slowing down of gastric emptying ( the rate at which food passes from the stomach into the intestines and nutrients – like glucose from the dates – are absorbed in the bloodstream ). A low fat meal will raise blood glucose quickly while a higher fat meal may take a few hours to produce a blood sugar peak. Dates are higher in carbs SO almond butter is the perfect ingredient to combine with to help slow down the digestion and absorption of the carbs !!

♡ LILY’S DARK CHOCO : This is my current fave type of chocolate, so I decided to swap the regular dark chocolate for Lily’s. Lily’s chocolate is for the girl who LOVES chocolate and wants it for fewer calories than the regular bar – ya know, don’t ask for much?? Just low calorie chocolate that tastes good??! Lily’s has 25% fewer calories than other 55% dark chocolates and is a great source of fiber; one serving of Lily’s has 13 grams of fiber and 9 net carbs! It is also non-GMO, fair trade ertified, gluten free, and vegan.

Recipe:

Pitted medjool dates

Almond butter

Lily’s dark chocolate

Directions:

Melt the Lily’s dark chocolate in the microwave. Add about 1/4 tsp of almond butter into the pitted area of each medjool date. If needed,make a larger cut for the almond butter by slicing the medjool date lengthwise. Drizzle the Lily’s dark chocolate over the medjool dates. Serve immediately or freeze until solid.

I prefer my desserts frozen, but you can also eat them immediately!

Hope you enjoy!

xx hails

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