5 vegan recipes that prove the versatility of dates
Keep reading to discover our favourite vegan recipes using dates.
These sticky Middle Eastern jewels grow in large clusters like grapes on date palm trees and are an incredibly hardy and sugary fruit that thrive in hot climates. In fact, the more they dry, the higher their sugar content becomes and the longer they last. So hardy are their seeds that recently sprouts have been grown from a two-thousand-year-old date pits in Israel.
Health benefits of dates
Dates might be small, but size isn’t always everything, especially when it comes to their impressive nutritional profile. Dates naturally contain large amounts of:
- Dietary fibre, which is key to digestive health
- They’re carbohydrate-rich (so great for a little boost of energy)
- Full of important minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamin B6
- High in disease-fighting antioxidants
Sweet vegan recipes to champion dates
Due to their high-calorie content (and the fact they taste great with peanut butter), dates form a key base to Val’s power ball recipe – the perfect post-workout snack.
Dates also act as the perfect natural sweetener in smoothies. We love this recipe from Madeleine Olivia for blueberry and silken tofu smoothie that’s creamy, smooth and irresistibly sweet.
Photo credits: Madeleine Olivia
Looking for an edible party trick? Val’s recipe for these chocolate tahini truffles with a Medjool date base will disappear in minutes on any occasion. You’ll be sure to make these again and again.
Savoury recipes enhanced with dates
Want to improve your vegan Moroccan culinary repertoire? This recipe for a mixed vegetable tagine with apricots and dates from Hazel & Cacao is a great place to start.
Photo credits: Hazel & Cacao
We also just can’t get enough of this barley, chickpea and date stuffed aubergine recipe from Coconut and Berries – it’s the perfect example of sweet and savoury cooking at its best.
By Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.