Dates! They are my favourite go-to natural sweetener. I use this date caramel every single day to make hot cereal for my kiddies. I usually make a batch on Sunday so it can last the whole week. I used to use honey and maple syrup but I still felt that there was no real nutrition. They were simply another sweetener and I don’t think breakfast needs sugar so I started experimenting with the dates and I found a recipe that works for me and guess what?! My kids never noticed the difference! They just kept on eating.
So why dates? Well, dates are just a nutritional powerhouse! They contain an impressive list of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, all of which are crucial for growth, development and well-being.
It is also rich in dietary fibre, which prevents LDL (bad) cholesterol absorption in the gut.
Dates are excellent source of iron making it an especially good snack for pregnant women and young children who need greater quantities of iron.
The high level of potassium found in dates offers protection against stroke and heart disease.
Date fruits are also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
So with all this goodness, who wouldn’t love dates!
25 – 30 dates
- Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes
- Drain dates and reserve water
- Add dates to food processor and blend
- Add about 3 tablespoons reserved water and process until smooth*. Add more water to reach desired consistency.
- Store in refrigerator and use in hot cereal, oats, smoothies as a natural sweetener.
*If you find that the caramel is not smooth you can also use a hand blender. It works amazingly well.