Craving meetha but also want something healthy? Well, enough stress has been laid on the importance of including dates in your daily diet because of their high nutrient content but who likes to have monotonous food every day, right? Here are 3 interesting recipes with dates a.k.a. khujoor as the main ingredient to give you a variety of flavours and textures with maximum nutrition.
1. Dates & Figs Fudge
Try this nutty flavoured smooth fudge and you will absolutely fell in love with it!
- 2 cups soft dates (de-seeded)
- 1/2 cup figs
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- Soak the dates and figs in water for 1 hour. Drain and pat dry.
- In a food processor or a grinder, add all the ingredients and grind until you acquire a sticky mixture.
- Spread the mixture evenly on a small baking tray or a simple flat tray lined with butter paper.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and then cut into neat 1-inch squares. Serve & enjoy!
2. Dates & Walnut Kheer
Give your traditional kheer a new twist with these ingredients and enjoy!
- 1-litre milk
- 1/2 kg dates (de-seeded and chopped)
- 1/2 cup sugar (use brown sugar for extra caramelized taste)
- 3 Tbsp oats
- 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
- 4 Tbsp toasted almonds (chopped)
- 300 ml fresh cream
- 2 cups water
- In a non-stick pan, add dates and water and cook on a low flame till the dates turn soft. Once dates are at room temperature, use a blender to make a fine paste adding 100 ml milk to the mixture.
- Heat the remaining milk in another pan and cook it on low flame. Add sugar and the dates paste and mix well.
- Add oats and half the quantity of crushed almonds and walnuts, bring to a boil.
- Cool the mixture and refrigerate it. While serving, stir in the cream and garnish with remaining nuts.
3. Dates & Chocolate Brownies
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 1 cup oat flour or almond flour (white flour can also be used)
- 1.5 cups dates (pitted)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 5 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup shredded dark chocolate (chunks can also be used)
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place dates in a bowl and pour hot water over them and allow the dates to soften for about 10-15 minutes.
- Drain dates and pat dry.
- In a food processor or a grinder, grind the dates until they are smooth and have no chunks.
- Add the flour, egg, egg yolk, vanilla essence, honey, coconut oil, cocoa powder, chocolate, cinnamon powder, baking soda and salt.
- Mix until well combined and the mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides as you go so the ingredients are well combined.
- Place a butter paper in a baking pan and brush it with any oil or butter.
- Evenly spread the mixture in the pan.
- Place it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Let it cool on a rack before you cut in.
Which khujoor recipe will you be trying this week? Let us know because If it were up to us we’d make them all!