5 ways to make use of those leftover dates from Ramadan

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Save Those Dates!

 

The month before Ramadan, all the grocery stores stock up on dates – Medjool, Ajwa and what-have-yous, forcing your family into this black hole of stocking up dates for your household. It would definitely be alright to purchase an entire carton of dates if your average consumption of dates per day during Ramadan is approximately ten pieces. For most of us, two boxes would be enough for the entire family for a month.

Then comes the age old question: What do you do with the leftover dates once Ramadan is over? Don’t throw them out just yet because as long as they’ve been in the fridge and are bug-less, upcycle those dates for your next cooking session!

Sticky Date Pudding

This amazing recipe from Chef Mimi has been tried and tested so many times you’re guaranteed to get a perfect sticky date pudding each time you bake it. Don’t be afraid to get messy in the kitchen! While the salted caramel sauce might be daunting to first time bakers, the results are worth the hassle and effort.

 

Sticky Date Pudding

 

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Banana Date Smoothie

If you’re thinking of a fast and simple breakfast now that Ramadan is over and you’re back to rushing in the mornings before work or school, try this simple recipe hack for preparing your morning smoothies. Dates are a great source of energy and the added bananas will keep you full till lunch.

 

Banana Date Smoothie

 

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Moroccan Beef Stew with Couscous

The combination of sweet and savoury will always excite your palette and give an umami explosion in your mouth. Simply swap the dried apricots with your leftover dried dates, and this Moroccan beef stew is set to be the talking point of your dinner party during Eid.

 

Moroccan Beef Stew

 

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Date Syrup

I know it’s not easy to go off sugar and have your morning coffee bitter and black. Substitute that sugar rush with a natural sweetener such as the date syrup. Made of only three ingredients, you can store this alternate sweetener in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Plus, this doubles up as a spread for your toast as well.

Dates Syrup: The perfect substitute to sugar for your morning coffee or oatmeal.

serves 2 cups / approx. 280 calories per 1 cup serve

Ingredients 
20 normal dates
1 3/4 cup water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process for a few minutes until smooth and completely blended.
  2. Start off slowing to allow the dates to break up initially, and then build up the speed.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

No Bake Coconut Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Coconut Bites from Sweet Phi
Adapted from Sweet Phi
Serves: 13 energy bites
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup toasted walnuts
  • 10 medjool dates, pits removed
  • ½ cup coconut, shredded, divided
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs water
Instructions
  1. Put toasted walnuts in a food processor and pulsate for 10 seconds.
  2. Add pitted dates, ¼ cup coconut flakes, 1 tbs coconut oil and water.
  3. Process for a minute or until the mixture comes together and no big nuts or dates remain.
  4. With a tablespoon scoop or a spoon scoop out 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll in between hands to form a ball.
  5. Put remaining shredded coconut in a bowl, and then roll the ball in the coconut. Place ball in a mini muffin liner and refrigerate for an hour and then serve. Store in refrigerator.

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