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Dates. I haven’t used them much, but apparently in the whole foods, plant based world they are a great go-to fruit (they are a fruit, right?) for a sugar source without using refined sugars. I used them as the main ingredient in an apple dip. Great to serve as a app style dessert!
- 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
- plain, unsweetened almond milk (or preferred non-dairy milk) for soaking
- 3 Tbsp peanut butter (I buy the kind ground in the store that’s just peanuts and nothing else)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
Place the pitted dates in a bowl and pour enough almond milk to just cover. Soak for an hour or more. Drain off almond milk into a glass and enjoy the sweetened almond milk! Place dates and all other ingredients in a food processor. Process for several minutes, stopping to scrape down as needed. Continue processing (it takes a while) until there are no (or few) nuggets of dates left and it is nearly smooth. (I got a little impatient because of my helper and could have probably processed longer….)
Serve with apples for dipping, or spread on apple slices, or even use to coat an apple, caramel-apple-style. Super duper yummy!! It’s so sweet it’s hard to believe that there aren’t any added sugars.
I found that you could definitely taste the peanut butter flavor. If you don’t prefer that flavor, experiment with almond butter or cashew butter or some other less distinctive nut/seed butter!
Store in refrigerator or freezer. Next time, I think I’ll make a double or triple batch and put them in small containers in the freezer to pull out whenever I want a healthy, but super sweet dessert!