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Date Brownies

These are delicious alternative to high sugar brownies in shops. Dates are the only sweetener in them, They are particularly good because even though they are a fruit sugar they contain a lot of soluble fibre and this helps slow the release of glucose and keep blood sugar stable. Soluble fibre also slows the absorption of cholesterol, and helps make soft healthy stools causing less the irritation that insoluble fibre may cause.

Dates can be used as a snack as they increase the feeling of satiety, which may help to suppress appetite, so help in weight loss if eaten in moderation. These are a great treat for kids as they contain many nutrients and are high in protein.

Dates also contain B Vitamins, Potassium, iron, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. The high mineral content makes it an ideal food to make treats that can replace the empty sugar products that are given to so many children and the ones that people reach for in the afternoon when they experience a dip in energy.

They are also high in antioxidants and can be disease protective as they protect against damaged fats.

Examples to buy:

http://www.healthysupplies.co.uk/organic-dates-sussex-wholefoods.html

http://www.crazyjack.co.uk/product/id/4#

Many super markets and health stores sell great products – always check ingredients that there is no added sugar or vegetable oil and avoid dates with added sugar.

Recipe

100grams of soft Goat’s butter

100grams of pitted soft organic dates

3 x organic eggs

2-3 x cups of whole grain spelt flour (I use Doves Farm or Sharpham Park)

3 x teaspoons of cinnamon

1 pinch of Baking powder

Place butter and dates in a food processor or use hand blender to make smooth (or you will need to chop finely and mix into the butter by hand)

Add the eggs and blend, add all the flour, cinnamon and baking powder mix in.

Place in a small shallow butter baking tin (about 10” x 6” and approx 1.5-2” deep)

Cook in a pre-heated oven at 160 degrees for 20 minutes, or until browned slightly and firm)

You can replace Spelt flour for gluten-free flour if you are avoiding all gluten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates are high in fruit sugar so should be avoided if you have a Candida
overgrowth or are on a sugar-free diet.

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