Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Raw Date Snack
Raw Date Nut Bars
Dates are delicious! They have a taste similar to caramel and smell good too. Chances are you’ve tried them even if you think you haven’t since they can be blended into many recipes for natural sweetness. They’re used extensively in raw foods recipes since they mix so well with other ingredients such as, shredded coconut, raisins, peanut butter, chocolate chips, nuts etc.
Raw foods are recommended as a way to keep living enzymes in food. (Aka ‘living foods’) Enzymes which are vital in assisting digestion are destroyed in heat over 118 degrees according to most experts. If you want to improve digestion or increase energy, you may consider including more raw foods into your diet.
These are perfect for a mid-morning snack. If you want to be a true raw-foodist, you’ll need a dehydrator. Mine is an Excalibur 5-Tray that I purchased on e-bay. If you'f like me to see what kind of price I can get for a dehydrator for you, just let me know.
7-10 medjool dates, seeded
1-2 to one cup raw almonds, soaked overnight and dehydrated between 105-115 degrees overnight or all day
A dash of sea salt
Powdered ginger and cinnamon, optional
Place dates and soaked, dried almonds in a food processor. Add salt and cinnamon if you’d like. Mix until crumbs are small and slightly sticking together but don’t over process. Form into 1-2 inch disks.
Date Nut Peanut Bars
Make as above but add a couple tablespoons of peanut butter in the processor. Blend and form into disks, dehydrate between 105-115 degrees for four hours or so.
Why Soak Your Nuts
If you want to get a major added health benefit from your nuts, soak them! Soaking nuts in water activates their enzymes, eliminates enzyme inhibitors, and partially digests the protein, thereby increasing their nutritional and hydrating potential.
To soak your nuts, all you have to do is place nuts in a container, cover with water with one or two inches above the top of the nuts, place in the fridge for an hour or two for almonds, or overnight. Rinse them, and change the water every day. Eat after two days to keep them from getting moldy under the skins.
The pH Miracle Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young