Ahhhhh week 34. We’re in the pregnancy home stretch now which means I need to amp up my date game before those contractions begin. Pregnant moms are probably all too familiar with the phrase “Be sure to eat your dates!” and with good reason! Research has found that dates help stimulate uterine contractions and reduce postpartum hemorrhaging. They are loaded with fiber, minerals, and vitamins, and they work really well as a natural sweetener, a healthy alternative to sugar for use in recipes. On top of all that, they are also a great natural energy booster!
I created this recipe to encourage myself and other mamas out there who by now may be growing tired of eating dates every day. Try this coconut cashew twist (perfect with a hot cup of tea), you’re gonna love it! It checks all the right boxes on flavor, texture, and nutrition. You don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy this recipe, it’s an awesome any-time-of-the-day snack!
If you try this recipe, I would love to know what you think! Leave a comment and tag @feel_good_fam on Instagram.
- 1 cup deseeded dates (about 14)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 cup raw cashews
- Pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla*
- Unsweetened organic shredded coconut for rolling
- In a medium bowl cover dates with boiling water and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
- Drain water*
- Place dates, cashews, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in a food processor* or high speed blender and pulse until desired smoothness is reached. Place mixture in fridge to firm for 20 minutes.
- Using lightly greased hands take 1 tablespoon of mixture and form it into a log shape. Repeat with remaining mixture.
- Pour shredded coconut onto a plate and then roll each date log on it until it is completely coated with shredded coconut.
- Serve immediately or place it in the fridge to firm and enjoy chilled. Date rolls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month.
*Save the date water! You can use it as a sweetener for tea or smoothies.
*If using a food processor you will need to smoothen the mixture several times with a spatula to help with the processing.