If you’re a date lover like me (or even if your not) these date rolls are going to knock your socks off!
Dates became a staple in our home during my second pregnancy. I had read they were good to eat during pregnancy, and especially in the third trimester. I used to write them off because they looked like little mummified nuggets of God knows what and I wasn’t sure if all the hype was worth it. BUT I fell in love with RX and Lara bars for the first time, which made me search out my own recipe of how to make them at home which I will share with you. Now, I make these at least every month and my girls and I LOVE them for quick snacks, crumbled on top of oatmeal, and on the go.
There are many benefits to eating date fruits during and after pregnancy. Dates are rich with fiber, healthy fats, magnesium and other important nutrients for the body to function well. They’re great if you’re struggling with digestion issues in pregnancy as your insides rearrange to accommodate your growing baby, or after a run or a workout to balance your blood sugar. This recipe includes cocao powder which is high in antioxidants and a kick in the metabolism. Plus, chocolate. Always.
(You could change out the nuts in this recipe if almonds aren’t your thing of if you want to change it up. We love it with cashews as well and you could nix the cocao, switch out the almond extract for a drop of lemon or orange extract, or a drop of therapeutic grade essential oil, for a cashew-citrus flavor.)
Amazingly, there is also a lot of research supporting the connection between pregnant women who eat date fruits and the length and efficiency of their contractions during early labor, also aiding to cervical ripening. It’s been a tradition for women in the Middle East for centuries, and recommended by many midwives and medical professionals today. More on that in the notes below.
As pregnant and breastfeeding women we NEED to focus on nutrient-rich foods. Find a way to incorporate some good, real food staples for yourself daily. If you think you don’t like dates, like I did, try them up a couple different ways. Grind them down with a little water in a food processor into a paste and try it on toast like a jam, or add it to smoothies. (You can pretty much put anything into a smoothie with some greens and frozen fruit and make it delicious!)
Or, try them as a topping on oatmeal or add to homemade granola (recipe coming soon!), chopped up into little bits in a trail mix or fill them with peanut butter or cream cheese as a awesome way to get some keto-licious healthy fats.
Make it a date ladies, to go try some dates this week!
Coconut Almond Date Rolls:
2 cups (or one 16 oz container) of medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw almonds
1 ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 TB cocao powder
1 tsp almond extract
A dash of sea salt
- Pit dates (if not pitted already) and add to food processor.
- Add almonds, coconut flakes, cocao powder, almond extract and sea salt.
- Blend until the mixture is the consistency of cookie dough.
- Then, with clean hands, roll the “dough” into 2 inch balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month or up to 3 months in the freezer. Enjoy 2 a day as one serving!
* If you’re interested about the benefits of date fruits and their abilities to help induce labor, check out this study by Evidence Based Birth : https://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-eating-dates-to-start-labor/