Cinnamon Date Dip

Cinnamon date dip is super easy to make! It can be used as a dip for fruit (try apples, pears, or bananas) or spread on toast instead of jam. I love the creamy sweet cinnamon dip in my oatmeal! Dates are good for your muscles, stomach, and colon health! They are loaded with fiber -- both soluble and insoluble -- and fill you up and keep you regular. They are also an excellent source of potassium. They are a great alternative sweetener in almost any recipe! Cinnamon date dip makes a tasty snack or it can also be eaten in oatmeal for a healthy breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • About 20 pitted, medjool (or hallawi) dates
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Directions:

    1. Pour dates and water into a small saucepan, making sure they are completely covered (add more water if necessary). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 min. (until dates are soft).
    2. Remove from heat and let them cool for a few minutes.
    3. Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor. Add the cinnamon. Puree until smooth.
    4. Enjoy as a dip for fruit, spread on toast, or in your oatmeal!
    5. Keep the rest refrigerated in a small container.
    6. *This recipe was adapted from The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola.

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      Other Ways to Enjoy Dates:

      Dates are great on their own, or for added protein, try stuffing them with whole almonds or walnuts. These make tasty, quick healthy snacks! You can also add dates to cakes, muffins, cookies or energy bars to enhance the moisture and nutritional value.

      Chopped dates can be sprinkled on side dishes like rice, quinoa, or vegetables. You can even add a couple of dates to smoothies to sweeten them up a bit. Although dates have a lot of sugar, they DO NOT raise blood sugar levels! Dates are sodium-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free, which makes them a healthy sweet option!

      Instead of adding chopped dates to this oatmeal recipe, try it with cinnamon date dip instead!

      Oatmeal with Date Dip

      Still not convinced that dates are good for you? Check out this short 1 min. 30 sec. video about dates!

      What is your favorite way to use dates? Please share your ideas in the comments box below!

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