How To Make Date Cream

(aka Date Butter or Date Spread)

This is literally the easiest recipe. I discovered it whilst making these brownies. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, which I discovered yields the best results for that super creamy texture, but if it happens to liquify in your cabinet like mine did, just stick it in the fridge for a few hours and then try again. The only other ingredients you need are pitted dates! When blended up in the food processor these two things become creamy and sweet and unbelievably delicious when slathered on muffins, toast, your finger, apples, crackers, you get the gist. But I could go on, I assure you. Oh also try a spoonful of it in your morning coffee or smoothies (fruit or green)!! Okay, now I’m done. You can eat your date cream however you like! Also, feel free to mess around with the ratios of water and coconut oil. I’ve found that when you add more water the consistency becomes much more like a thick jam/fruit spread (excellent as a “sweet” on a swanky cheese board like this); and when you add more coconut oil, it’s much creamier and is excellent as an oatmeal or breakfast topper (hint/hint/hint) instead of the standard brown sugar or maple syrup.

Date Cream (makes about 1 cup)

~1 1/4 c pitted dates

2 tbsp solid coconut oil

1-2 tbsp date water (see below)

Soak the dates in hot water for ten minutes. Reserving the water, pick out the dates Place in a food processor and pulse 7 or 8 times. Add coconut oil and water, then blend until smooth! Transfer to a jar tightly closed with a lid and store in the fridge for weeks!

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Breakfasts, Drinks, Snacks


Energizer Bunny Smoothie (V, GF)

This is a drink for those days that seem to go on forever. Y’know, those days where you have six hours of class and three hours of work and 80 pages of reading? Yeah, this is a drink for those days. Everything in here is packed full of serious nutrients that keep your body alert and satisfied. Down one of these at noon and I can assure you you’ll be ready to go. You no longer have to worry about those incredibly elegant 3pm stomach grumbles that always seem to happen when the entire class is quiet. Also it’s probably the prettiest color I’ve ever seen. To fully convince you of this smoothie’s real potential, here’s the breakdown:

Almond milk: fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, tryptophan, copper, and calcium (BAM)

Blueberries: vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, low glycemic load, antioxidants, fucking beautiful color

Banana: vitamin B6, soluble fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and potassium

Coconut oil: medium chain triglycerides (aka *good* fats), vitamin E, vitamin K, and iron

Flaxseed: protein, dietary fiber, omega-3, vitamin B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, vitamin C

Honey: obviously a sweetener, but does actually contain several compounds than can function as antioxidants including vitamin C, B2,3, 5, and 6! That’s sure better than Splenda, amirite?

Dates: calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

Smoothie (serves 1-2)

1 1/2+ c unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 frozen banana

1/2 c frozen blueberries

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

1-2 tsp honey OR 2 pitted medjool dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes

banana chip (optional)

Place banana and almond milk in blender and blend well. Add remainder of ingredients and blend until well combined, pausing to stir and add more almond milk if the blender gets stuck! Garnish with a banana chip and feel incredibly heathy for the rest of the day!