Walnut & raspberry brownies sweetened with dates – yummy!
Today’s treat for our family and guests. Aga baked cakes are a daily treat here at the farm and occasionally when I’m feeling generous the campers sample them too.
If you think the term “healthy dessert” is an oxymoron, these date sweetened brownies just might change your mind.
Large and moist organic Medjool dates are a real treat. Naturally flavorful and low-in-fat, these organic dates are a healthy way to satisfy a sweet craving. They’re packed with fiber and potassium.
Khadrawi dates are a medium-sized, sweet date with a dark mahogany color. They have a very soft texture that is often compared to the consistency of pudding.
Take that special someone out for a date… a dark chocolate medjool date! Drenched in luscious semisweet chocolate, these jumbo medjool dates are dressed to impress. A sweet decadence for any occasion.
On their own, dates don’t have a lot of appeal. These palm fruits travel from afar, so when we get our hands on them they’re often just sticky, cloyingly sweet and somehow always show up at Christmas functions (even though they weren’t invited). We know why the date has such a bad rap, but we have to admit that it’s not wholly deserved. Dates have many great qualities as an ingredient in the kitchen and it’s time the world knew about them. With all the news about the dreadful health risks of too much sugar maybe this is the way forward.
1) A Sweet, Low-Fat Snack: Craving a sugary treat but don’t want to regret it later? Dates are a natural and healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth. There are only 24 calories per piece but they’re loaded with dietary fiber and nutrients like potassium. In fact, dates contain three times as much potassium as bananas!
2) 5-A-Day Goal: It only takes five to six delicious California dates to fulfill one serving of the recommended goal for consuming at least five servings of fruit each day. In the U.S., the 5-A-Day program is now called Fruits & Veggies – More Matters but the goal is the same: to increase daily fruit and vegetable consumption among Americans.
3) Nutritional Powerhouse: Dates contain an excellent source of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, B-vitamins, and iron. One serving of California dates boasts nearly 15% of the recommended daily value for dietary fiber. The presence of minerals like potassium and magnesium protect the cardiovascular system and regulate metabolic processes. B-vitamins improve energy levels and iron helps our bodies produce oxygen-rich red blood cells.