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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Delish: Medjool dates

Your probably thinking what?  Medjool dates??!

Well we all go through fads and currently mine is Medjool dates. I've always been a fan of the standard ones; but these are bigger, sweeter and you only need to eat one or two at a time as they are quite filling.

The downside is they are a tad more expensive, but I think they are worth it (Very L'Oreal!!). I've tested various brands over the last couple of months and my go to ones are the Tesco Organic; you'll find them in the fresh fruit section where they put all the nuts, health snacks etc.  These are the most juicy and have a great sweet taste.  One packet can make about 4-5 smoothies or 2-3 smoothies and a couple of snacks.

Why did I fall in love with them? Ella Woodward that's why! I got her book last year as I wanted some new smoothie recipes and now I'm hooked!


THE SMOOTHIE


If you love banana milkshake then you are going to love this! 



Just a pre-note as I'm aware not everyone loves cinnamon, but if you're not keen on cinnamon, still give it a go as it's not overpowering in taste and I've tried it without (when I've run out) and I now believe it is a must have ingredient for this recipe to work.

Ingredients:

  • 300ml cold almond milk (I have used coconut milk when I've run out of almond, it's ok but makes it much sweeter)
  • 2-3 Medjool dates (I use 2 but Ella suggests 3 - it depends on how sweet you want it
  • A large ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • I use 1 desert spoon of Almond smooth butter, Ella suggests more (NB: this is an expensive ingredient, so if you see it on offer stock up, you'll be amazed at how quickly you'll get through a jar)
  • If it's for breakfast; I highly recommend adding a desert spoon of gluten free porridge oats to make it extra filling


Method:

  1. Blend together - I use a Nutrabullet
  2. And then decant into a large glass and serve straight away




THE SNACK





This is a great snack to have on its own or sometimes I have it on the side with a light smoothie for lunch. I know two dates doesn't sound a lot but I promise you it's plenty; cut them in halve, remove the stone and then spread across some Almond smooth butter - and oh my god.... delish! 


IMPORTANT: Both recipes contain nuts



If you love both of these, then why not check out Ella's book...


Image:  Amazon