Date with dates

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This month it is all about planning the year to come and I am excited to announce that I will be attending the Killearn Country Market every first Sunday of the month and the Flying Duck Vegan Fete every second Saturday of the month from March.

From this month you can also find a small selection of my cakes boxes and bite bags at Fruits and Roots in Balfron! 🙂

And don’t forget, you can find some of my products at the Harvest Coop in the Southside of Glasgow and can order from my website and collect from there for free.

Last month I was telling you why my cakes are good for you and giving you information about nutritional values of one of my main ingredients, Nuts!

This month it is all about the dates. I love dates, you can find so many different varieties, with different textures, level of sweetness etc.

I obviously love Medjool dates but they can be very expensive and therefore not really an option if you are looking for a cheap healthy snack.

For me, Saudi dates offer the best of both world, they are cheaper than Medjool dates and are sweet and gooey. The only catch is that it is not easy to find them and only certain Asian shops sell them. If you are in Glasgow, I am more than happy to let you know about my secret Saudi date dealers!!

If you are interested in making raw vegan treats, you need to make sure that the dates you use are quite sticky, gooey. If they are too dry they won’t combine the ingredients together and probably won’t be sweet enough. If you can only get hold of dates that are pretty dry (like Deglet Nour dates for instance), soak them in water for an hour before using them for your raw cake or bites.

So why are dates so good for you?

Here are some of their amazing nutritional values and health benefits:

  • Dates are rich in dietary fibre which prevents cholesterol absorption and helps you keep a healthy bowel!
  • They are a good source of vitamin A and K – healthy bones, teeth, eyes and powerful antioxidant.
  • They are an excellent source of iron, calcium and potassium…
  • Dates replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. For these qualities, they are being served to break the fast during Ramadan month since ancient times.

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to a healthy dessert –

Next month we will explore the nutritional values of some of the dried fruits I use.

In the meantime, you can spread the Raw Love with my Valentine’s day box or my new raw Cherry & Chocolate cake.

Happy February everyone!

Laurianne x


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