Have you ever had cashew nut butter dates? Or dates with any other kind of nut butter? If not, you’re missing out.
It’s no secret: I like to eat. A lot. But in my case I have to eat frequently, lest I get lightheaded, start talking gibberish, and have a panic attack.
When you’re concerned about the quality of the food you’re putting into your body, having to eat five to eight times a day becomes a real problem. It’s easy to ignore the warning signs of your crashing blood sugar until it’s too late, and suddenly you’re reaching for the nearest edible object, whether it be a Snickers, a donut, or a bag of chips. Clearly, this happening many times in a single 24-hour span in a bad thing.
Why not chow down on a salad or a piece of fruit, you ask? Well, my dear reader, when you’re already struggling with digestive malaise, oftentimes fresh produce isn’t the best thing to introduce to a weary gut. Sadly, my past go-to foods, such as peaches, apples, and grapes, have been given the month off for bad behavior.
So what do I eat in a pinch? I’ve gotten creative lately, throwing together lovely little snacks in the evening so that I have something to munch the next day when those low blood sugar moment set in. Here is one such munchie:
Meet my friend, the nut butter filled date.
These little guys keep overnight on the counter as long as they’re well covered – I wouldn’t recommend refrigerating them, as they’ll get quite hard and sticky. They’re a much more nutritional snack than a bag of Fritos, and if you’re looking for something sweet, these are better for you than a cookie. Six of these dates will give you a full serving of fruit and a good dose of healthy fiber and protein.
I pick up medjool dates (or any other kind of dates) from the farmer’s market, but they’re becoming readily available at most grocery stores. In this recipe you can use any kind of nut butter you like, as long as it’s of the thicker variety, otherwise you’ll end up with it everywhere. At the end, a light sprinkling of sea salt adds a little bit of crunch to the finished product while creating a contrast to the sweet dates and nuts.
These dates are rich and addicting. You’ll almost feel guilty for indulging… almost.
Cashew Nut Butter Dates
6 medjool dates
3 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter
Chunky sea salt
Slice open one side of the date, removing the pit. With a spoon, fill the inside of the date with about half a tablespoon of nut butter. Be careful – too much nut butter will make a huge mess, and will make the dates extremely rich. Once all of the dates are filled, arrange them on a plate and sprinkle sparingly with a flavorful sea salt.