I just got back from a blogger meetup, here in Aruba!

I still need to get the pictures uploaded and the post written so in the meantime, let’s talk dates.

Recently I won Marla’s giveaway for Bard Valley Medjool Dates and they arrived in San Diego the day before I got on the plane to Aruba.

Although I love plain dates, the Almond Date Roll & Coconut Date Roll scream Omg Amazing-ness.

How good do those look!

Dates: rolled and processed with coconut and almonds.  Oh yes please!  Moist, sweet, chewy.  Nature’s Candy!

I can’t wait to put the Bard Valley Medjool Dates to use.

Maybe I will make some:

Or Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls (or use Almond Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter)

Or No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

Or one of my personal favorite uses of dates in Raw Vegan Caramels.  3 ingredients.  Make these.

And yes, use all 3 ingredient and don’t go el cheapo trying to save money on the pine nuts. It’s a very small amount needed and worth it!   I always get a few emails about that every time post this recipe that “pine nuts are so expensive”. Maybe so, but you don’t need many.

And if you want to take it one step further, make Nut Butter Filled Carmel Bites

They are so good. 

You will never guess you are eating some no-bake, and naturally vegan and GF.  Natural “candy”.

I have a compilation Dessert Bites & Balls Post with about 25 recipes so if you need way to use dates, check that one out.

From my last post about Taking Care of Business, thanks for the comments and filling me in on what kind of bill payer you are.


1. Do you like dates?

I grew up thinking dates were gross.  I have no idea why? I saw my mother and grandmother eating them and figured I wouldn’t like them.

And, truthfully, as a kid I thought they were the same as prunes!  I know now that they’re not the same.

Plus they are not really that pretty.  Ugly food and ugly food pictures, I’ve got plenty.

It wasn’t until the past five years or so that I realized what I had been missing out on, and now, I love dates!

2. How do you like to use dates?

As I mentioned, many of my dessert bites and balls use dates in the recipes.

I use them as sweeteners and thickeners in smoothies.

You could add some to the Taste of the Tropics Smoothie

And I love to just eat them plain.

Or with Sunflower Seed Butter (or peanut butter) smeared in the middle + chocolate chips.

I call these ants on a log.

Way better than the celery version of ants on a log!

This combo is better than any candy bar, it’s sweeter, and it’s more satisfying.  And you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner.

3. Have you been on any dates lately?

No.  I’ve been married 10 years.  I wish I could say I was one of those people who “goes out on a date with my husband”.  But we  don’t.

But we’re in Aruba together and I guess that’s a “date” of sorts, right?  And now I am off to spend some time with him and Skylar.

P.S. Last chance to enter the $50 Giveaway.  Winner announced on the next post.

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