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Haleeb bel tamr | Algerian Date Milk

بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Everyone knows that the nutritional content of dates is uncountable, however only now are the experts  recommending we all eat dates everyday. Interestingly enough a man in Arabia called Mohamed, our Prophet  (peace be upon him) offered us this invaluable information some 1400 years ago! So this super food shouldn't only be reserved for Ramadan

Here is an excellent way to incorporate dates into your daily diet, and in turn wean your children off of those sugary drinks. Maybe wean yourself off of your morning cup of joe! It's all-natural, filling, naturally creamy and nourishing and healthy alternative drink that's super energizing!

Haleeb bel tamr  is a sweet yet healthy beverage most people aren't only familiar with the ancient preparation of this traditional desert drink.

Rich in natural nutritional elements, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates - combined with the nutritional benefits of milk,  and dates in their purest form are wonderfully nutritious. And also has a reasonably low calorific content. It's a unique and truly sumptuous drink that has that offers such a unique taste that really embodies the spirit of our diverse region. A taste that reminds us of Ramadan all year old. It's usually present on our table in the morning and always on our suhour and iftar Ramadan table.

This beverage is best, in my humble opinion made with Deglect Nour dates, but you are welcome to use any variety of dates you have around. The colour and sweetness may change slightly depending on the variety.

Modern science has confirmed a number of facts about dates:
  • They are rich in nutrients, they are easy to digest, and are good for childbearing women and for the fetuses they bear.
  • They contain hormones that help strengthen the uterus to prepare for childbirth and to return the uterus to the pre-pregnancy state after childbirth.
  • They contain hormones that help produce milk in for nursing mothers.
  • They contain a hormone that reduces bleeding. This is especially useful during childbirth.
  • They contain a high concentration of easy to digest sugars, which give quick energy. This is good for everyone, and especially for women in labor and those breaking their fast at the end of the day.
  • They contain fiber, which is useful in digestion and helps reduce cholesterol and a small amount of protein and amino acids, the essential building blocks of man.
  • They also contain lipids, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, a number of B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B-6), pantothenic acid and phosphorus.!

active prep time: 5 mins | inactive prep time: 0min | cook time: 3-4 mins 
 1 serving

  • 7 dates (Deglet Nour for me)
  • 250ml - 1 cup whole real cow or camel milk OR alternatively a vegan coconut milk  or almond milk

PICK some ripe and plump dates in the market. Don't buy the unriped yellow coloured ones for this recipe.
SLICE the dates in half. Make sure there aren't any worms inside.
REMOVE the seed. Save the seeds for your kid's crafts or to make date coffee with {recipe coming soon}
HEAT the milk on a low fire. 
ADD the dates into the milk once warmed. 
SIMMER the dates in the milk for about 3-4 minutes to infuse. The milk will turn a pale brown colour. Yours may be lighter or darker depending on what variety and quantity you use.
STRAIN the milk and date mixture.
POUR the date milk into glasses.
RESERVE the dates, for later use in bars, cookies, bradj, or as a natural sweetener. But me, I really like to eat them as is as a snack with the date milk.

Size- Wise
This recipe is quite flexible, you can easily prepare larger batches with more or less dates, according to the sweetness you desire.

Subsitute almond or coconut milk for vegetarian/vegan. 

Use camel milk instead of cow milk for additional nutritional value.

 sweet, beverages, breakfast, Algerian, suhour , gluten-free, grain-free, sugar conscious

How are you getting in your 7 dates a day? 

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  1. Une belle recette je ne connaissais pas , merci Hénia, bises et bonne soirée

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  3. Looks very good and healthy bises Djamila

  4. A 'variation' I was taught by Egyptians is to boil dates with water & a little sugar, cool in the fridge, and then serve in glasses with milk poured over the dates to break the fast with - I think this version actually sounds much better!

  5. Love this recipe!
    Been drinking plain boiled milk with dates since I was a kid, and this is a new twist! Ta. Really need to find that date coffee recipe now


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