Medjool dates are the queens of dates. They are so full with flavor, sweet and soft. When you need quick energy and something satisfyingly sweet to munch on, dates are a very nutritious treat.
They have been grown for thousands of years and used in Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.
Muslims all over the world traditionally break their Ramadan fast with a date to balance out their nutrition intake and sugar levels.
During my first attempt to quit refined sugar, these lemon ginger date rounds made the initial period so much easier.
I was in the middle of my last semester at the art academy, working hard on my final project so time was limited. With all the creative work going on and demanding presentations, I needed my snacks more than ever.
Demanding periods such as towards your graduation really aren’t the smartest times to make a radical diet change. It took me a few more attempts to quit sugar, but it was so worth it!
If you’re interested in reading more about the process, I wrote an article about what eventually helped me quit sugar and still enjoy some healthy sweetness.
I like to use dates to sweeten raw desserts, smoothies and some baked treats. Because they are so sweet, they usually don’t require any additional natural sweetener.
These lemon ginger date rounds are packed with good things, naturally sweet with hints of sour and spicy.
They are easy and fast to make and that’s exactly what we need in our busy schedules, right?
8 pitted Medjool dates
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp size of fresh ginger
6 brazil nuts
2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1. Pit the Medjool dates and put them aside.
2. Chop the ginger into fine pieces.
3. Squeeze the lemon juice.
4. Process the dates with the ginger and lemon juice in a food processor until you get an equally mixed thick dough.
5. Cut the brazil nuts into thin slices and lightly mix them into the dough with a spoon.
6. Form rounds of about 5 cm wide and 1 cm thick and roll them through shredded coconut.
7. Let them sit in the fridge for an hour prior to serving them.
These lemon ginger date rounds keep for about a week in the fridge or longer in the freezer.