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Homemade Date Paste #SunnahKitchen

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It's Autumn and it's date season!

Dates are a phenomenal fruit. Rich in vitamins and minerals, date offer pretty much our daily allowance of such essentials like Vitamin C, A, B  riboflavins and fiber. Dates are definitely something you want to eat everyday. 

Just eating 3 dates a day you will have ...

Improved digestion

Dates contain a bounch soluble fibers. Soluble fiber is essential for good digestive health because it draws water into the digestive tract helping to clean out the gastrointestinal system.  This helps relieve constipation as the colon is working at greater efficiency. And a better working colon means you have less risk for hemorrhoids, colitis and colon cancer.

Treatment of Anemia
Dates are rich in iron and can help by offering you a natural energy boost. No need for factory made energy bars!

Heathier Heart
The fiber and potassium  found in dates both help lower  lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

Bone, Blood, Heart and Immune Sytem Health
Dates contain magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Foods rich in selenium are known to prevent cancer. These minerals are also necessary for keeping our bones and blood strong and healthy. Magnesium is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other inflammation-related health ailments. The potassium and  magnesium aidwith the proper workings of the heart and help to reduce blood pressure.

So you see dates really a staple we should have in our homes.

But how do you use dates?

Outside of eating the 3 a day that I mentioned above, I've come up with 30 ways to use dates in our everyday. And one of the ways is using date paste as a sweetener in recipes.

There are two types of date pastes. The first is a solid mash of dates known as ghars in Algeria. It's a very simple, no frills way people use dates in such recipes as Maqrout, Bradj and Maamoul to just a name a few. But ghars is rather solid and heavy. Really too hard to mix in batters or breads. So another type of more softer date paste is needed. I'm going to show you that today. It's easy.

Please note, I used the famous Algerian Deglet Nour. You can use any other variety you like. The taste will vary slightly as eac variety of date has its own special uniqueness.


   homemade date paste 

Easy method for making your own date paste that you can use to sweeten milk, smoothies, cakes, cookies, breads and even spread on toast.  

how-to | yields about 2,5 cups
COOK TIME: 40 - 45 mins
‣ sauce pan or kettle
‣ food processor, blender or immersion blender

‣ 20 dates, pitted (about 350g - 2 cups)
 130ml - ½ cup hot water
Pit all of the dates and place in a bowl. Save the pits. We can do something cool with it later ;)

Boil your water in a pot on the stove or in a kettle.

Pour the hot water over the dates. Allow the water to break down the dates and cool.

Once cooled, use an immersion blender to puree the dates into a smooth paste.
You can store the date paste in a jar in the fridge for up to a month.
Optionally add some spice to your date paste.

 CATEGORIES:  HOMEADE, healthy, sunnah

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    Now after preparing date paste, what to do with it? 

    Why not try this date milk out.
    • Or try something totally like adding it to your favorite smoothie, muffin or pancake recipe. 
    • Or browse through the recipe index to get inspired.

      Don't forget to check out 30 ways to use dates in our everyday :)


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