Eating Dates during the last weeks in Pregnancy has been linked to positive effects on labour such as : reduced need for induction and augmentation of labour – read a blog post about this – here.
Here is a delicious recipe for you!
10 pitted fresh dates
50g raw cocoa powder (or good quality cocoa powder such as Green & Blacks Organic if you can’t get raw)
25g raw almonds
200g desiccated coconut (the original recipe calls for coconut flakes, but i found these too chunky)
30g agave syrup approx – add more to taste
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp water
(1 tsp xylitol, which i left out…tastes fine without)
Preheat oven to 175C (fan assisted)
Mix dates, almonds and cocoa in a processor for 1 minute until it becomes a moist crumbly paste.
Transfer to a large bowl and add other ingredients, mix well with a spoon, then get stuck in with you hands (warning: this gets messy and sticky!)
Squidge the mixture between your hands so that it’s well blended and starts to meld together.
Roll into balls the size of walnuts and put onto a non stick baking tray, with baking parchment if you wish.
Bake for 6-8 mins – keep an eye as you don’t want these to burn…the cooking just ‘sets’ them nicely.
Leave to cool and then ENJOY!
note: original recipe says 180C/350F Oven for 10 mins….but i found that this burns them…