Medjool dates are a godsend to many who strive to eat a clean diet and at the same time have a sweet tooth. Since eating clean I still crave desserts big time! I still love eating cookies, tarts, and cakes but the trick is to stay away from store bought sweets. Even if the label says sugar free I don't trust it. (That normally means that there are fake additives like Splenda which actually gives you sugar spikes.) It's way better to make your own treats with the highest quality ingredients you can get your hands on.
One of the key ingredients to use in making sweet baked goods or sweet shakes is medjool dates. Medjool dates are fabulous because they are more plump and taste better than regular dates plus they have a number of health benefits like much needed nutrients and fiber.
My family and I start our mornings with a delicious shake. One of our favorites reminds me a lot of ube (pronounced oo-bay) which is a purple yam. I like to call it the purple dinosaur because the color makes me think of Barney.
The Purple Dinosaur
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (I like Silk or Whole Foods brands)
1/4 cup coconut water
1 cup organic frozen blueberries
1 tbsp raw almonds
1 tbsp raw almond butter
1 tbsp coconut flakes
1 medjool date pitted (if you like your shake sweeter add 1 or 2 more medjool dates)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp organic coconut oil (optional)
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender and enjoy!
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You can also find medjool dates in your local grocery. This brand contains the pit but it's easy to remove it.
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