Derived from North Africa, dates are one of the most delicious tropical fruits. They will provide you with “energy fuel” for the entire day. The main ingredient in dates is the natural sugar that our body cells can use for energy. This delicious fruit has an impressive list of vital nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for normal growth, development and general well being.
The fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which prevents the absorption of bad cholesterol. In addition, fibers play important role in digestion. They help protect the large intestine mucus from substances that may eventually accumulate due to inadequate and unhealthy diet.
Dates contain tannins, vitamin A, iron, potassium, vitamins B-complex and K, calcium, manganese, copper, magnesium and many antioxidants. Hence, these micronutrients have a positive effect on the body and protect us from various diseases.
In today’s article, we will show you how to use dates to make a natural sweetener known as “honey of dates”.
Homemade Date Paste Or Date Honey
This paste is good for both children and adults, especially when you are recovering from injury or after an illness. According to some research, using this paste and dates in general (at least one per day) you will have good vision. You can use this paste in recipes rather than honey or maple syrup. But, be careful and don’t overdo it because it contains a lot of sugar, moderate consumption is recommended.
- 2 cups of organic dates (use Medjools dates without bones)
- 2 cups of water
Soak the dates in water and leave them overnight (about 8 hours). You can spill hot water on them and leave them for about 30 minutes to speed up the process. Remove the dates from the water and leave the water aside in a bowl. Place the soaked dates in a food processor and add two tablespoons of the water that they were previously soaked in. Then, pulse until you get the creamy and smooth texture. Add more water if needed. Keep this paste in glass jars or hermetically sealed containers.
The date honey tastes unique like mixture made of vanilla and brown sugar. Moreover, when you make this paste you should keep it in the fridge for two weeks, or you can freeze it (in this case the shelf life is 3 months or more).
Reference: Date Paste