Cooking With Family Flavours

It’s a Date!

By Majida Makhamreh Nasrawi,

Food Blogger

We all know how great dates are for our health – they are full of fibre, relieve constipation and are a super energy booster in Ramadan. Here’s your go-to-source of replenishment this month!

Banana & Date Smoothie

This smoothie is a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth! Sweetened naturally with dates, this smoothie is going to be your new favourite drink

Ingredients
1 cup milk

1 ripe banana

4-5 pitted dates

1 frozen banana

2 tbsp creamy peanut butter

Directions
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If you like it thinner, add more milk.

Crispy Kale Salad with Dates, Pear & Avocado

Ingredients
1 large bunch of kale, leaves torn into small pieces

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

Salt and pepper

1 avocado, sliced

6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped

1-2 pears, sliced

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

For the basil apple cider vinaigrette
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp maple syrup

2 tbsp fresh basil leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp whole grain Dijon mustard

Directions
1. Rub the kale leaves in 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl until kale is tender and turns a brighter shade of green

2. Mix all vinaigrette ingredients

3. In a large bowl of kale pour dressing and toss to coat

4. Top your greens with sliced avocado, sliced pear, chopped dates and pumpkin seeds

Date & Pecan Bread

Ingredients
1½ cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ cup pecans, chopped

1 tbsp melted butter

1 cup boiling water

1 cup chopped dates

1 egg

¾ cup brown sugar

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 180°C

2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the chopped pecans and mix well

3. In a medium bowl, combine the dates and boiling water. Mix well and let sit for a few minutes

4. In a large bowl, whisk the egg, then add the sugar and butter. Add the date mixture and whisk again. Add the dry ingredients and stir until combined

5. Pour into a greased pan and bake for 55 minutes