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Date Recipes Are The Best Way To Sweeten Your Life, Naturally

Dates might just be the healthiest way to cure your sweet tooth.
10/17/2013 08:46am ET | Updated February 10, 2016

There isn't a whole lot of appeal to dates. They're sticky, cloyingly sweet and somehow always shows 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.

Dates are wonderful stuffed and wrapped with bacon (obviously). They make a lovely pairing with a hearty lamb dish. And, more importantly, they're a great alternative to sugar in dessert recipes. Grounded into a paste, they can easily be added to cakes, brownies and even ice cream. You won't miss the cane sugar for a second in these wonderfully sweet, almost healthy recipes.

1
Sea Salt Date Caramel Coconut Ice Cream
Minimalist Baker
2
Roasted Cashew-Almond Yogurt Bowl With Stove-Top Matcha Green Tea Date Granola
Half Baked Harvest
3
Date Newtons
Flourishing Foodie
Get the Date Newtons recipe from Flourishing Foodie
4
Date Sweetened Horchata
Minimalist Baker
Get the Date Sweetened Horchata recipe from Minimalist Baker
5
Heavenly Apple Cake
James Ransom/Food52
Get the Heavenly Apple Cake recipe from Veronica via Food52
6
Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates
The Healthy Foodie
Get the Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates recipe from The Healthy Foodie
7
Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites
Sally's Baking Addiction
Get the Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction
8
No Churn Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
Minimalist Baker
Get the No Churn Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream recipe from Minimalist Baker
9
Apple Pie Date Bars
Minimalist Baker
Get the Apple Pie Date Bars recipe from Minimalist Baker
10
Muesli With Lemon And Dates
fiveandspice/Food52
Get the Muesli with Lemon and Dates recipe from fiveandspice via Food52
11
Date Paste
The Healthy Foodie
Get the Date Paste recipe from The Healthy Foodie
12
Fudge Brownies
Texanerin Baking
Get the Fudge Brownies recipe from Texanerin Baking
13
Coconut Rhubarb Amaranth Porridge
Naturally Ella
Get the Coconut Rhubarb Amaranth Porridge recipe from Naturally Ella
14
Coffee-Infused Braised Lamb Shanks And Beans
Mark Weinberg/Food52
Get the Coffee-Infused Braised Lamb Shanks and Beans recipe from Fairmount_market via Food52
15
Five Ingredient Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles
Minimalist Baker
16
Date Cinnamon Rolls
Macheesmo
Get the Date Cinnamon Rolls recipe from Macheesmo
17
Date And Almond Cake
Manger
Get the Date and Almond Cake recipe from Manger
18
Oatmeal Muffins With Raisins, Dates And Walnuts
Simply Recipes
19
Ricotta Date Waffles
Macheesmo
Get the Ricotta Date Waffles recipe from Macheesmo
20
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Pass the Sushi
Get the Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe from Pass the Sushi
21
Yogurt With Toasted Quinoa, Dates And Almonds
Food52
Get the Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Dates, and Almonds recipe from Amanda Hesser via Food52

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