Almond Butter Dates

I’ve really been enjoying dates lately. We’ve been avoiding refined sugar for the last year or so, and dates are a super way to satisfy my sweet tooth. This is a nice dessert recipe, or you could make it for an afternoon snack to raise your blood sugar levels to get you through until supper. If possible, use organic ingredients. If you don’t have access to organic ingredients and live in a small town like myself, don’t fret; Swami Rama says to always be practical. In Ayurveda part of digesting the food has to do with the way you prepare it, so cultivating a sense of contentedness for what you have access to (or can afford) will go a long way with helping you assimilate whatever you eat. Kristine Leuze took these beautiful photographs.

Almond Butter (plain, unsweetened)
Cardamom (seeds, or ground)
Nutmeg (whole seed that you grind, or ground)

1. Cut the dates in half. Remove the pit if there is one.
2. Spread almond butter into the crevice of each date (about 1-2 tsp. per half) and arrange on a plate.
3. Sprinkle ground cardamom on top. You can grind the seeds using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder that is used only for spices.
4. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
5. Enjoy. I recommend eating these with a warm cup of your favorite milk.


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