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Get to know…Medjool Dates

Over the past month, I have received many emails and messages on where to buy specific ingredients, so I decided to write some posts as helpers to you all.

I think carefully about only using ingredients that make my food as nutritious as possible, and while ingredients can be replaced you might find the recipe won’t work out the same as a result. I also know ingredients shouldn’t cost a fortune and so I have sourced the best value around.

If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them!

Medjool Dates

Medjool dates are incredibly delicious, soft, sticky and are an amazing source of yummy goodness. When I gave up eating refined sugar these were my absolute saviour. One Medjool date was enough to kerb the sugar craving and get me through the day.

Benefits

While yes Medjool dates are full of natural sugar, the difference between them and a bar of chocolate, for example, is the presence of vitamins and minerals.

Dates are loaded with an amazing amount of both soluble and insoluble fibre which helps normalise the digestive function and prevents constipation. According to the Irish Nutrition + Dietetic Institute, 80% of us do not eat enough fibre!

Medjool dates also contain minerals like potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and iron as well and vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin K. There is no sweet off the shelf treat that will give you all that so Medjool dates make perfect little treats for both you and your little ones.

Giving Medjool Dates to your Baby

For me, I made sure that Oscar was well established eating a more savoury diet before I started to introduce sweet treats. In saying that, the very first thing I ever gave him was a stick of roasted sweet potato and a banana but I held off on making desserts for a few months so that he didn’t develop an early sweet tooth. It really is a matter of preference but this is what worked for me. Also, I never gave him whole Medjool dates or even half or quarters until he had teeth to chew them. Dates were always my cooking sweetener of choice so I used them as a pureée in replacement of refined sugars.

Best place to buy

  1. I buy a 1kg box of Medjool dates in my local Asian store and it costs around €9.60. There are roughly 45-50 dates in the box (so one box should last you ages!).
  2. You can also buy Medjool dates in most large supermarkets, Tesco and Supervalu stock them here in Ireland although they are not as good value as my trusty Asian store.
  • Mary O Meara

    Great to know this, would love more articles like this as sometimes i’m put off “healthy” recipes by their cost and then I often wonder is the quality of the ingredients I get in the German supermarket chains as good as what you get in the health food stores i.e. coconut oil/milk, chia seeds etc.