Amazingly simple and filling. An energy filled breakfast to start your day, packed full of natural sugars and carbohydrates.
Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas, 2 sweet apples, a few Medjool dates.
Method: Peel and chop bananas into a bowl. Using your hands, start to squish the bananas by breaking them up with your fingers. You will want a nice soft and lumpy texture. Use a fork if you don’t want to get messy hands! Remove the pip from the Medjool dates and chop roughly, adding to the bananas and massaging into mixture. Grate the apples and stir through. Serve immediately.
Dried fruits like dates, apples and prunes (plums) are all high in carbohydrates and natural sugars. They are also high in dietary fibre and several vitamins and can be used in moderation to help satisfy a sugar craving.
Medjool dates are fresh and soft, ranging from $17-20 per kg. Eat 3-4 when you have a sugar craving. A kilo will last you a while and is a lot cheaper than buying chocolate bars or lollies on a regular basis.
Pitted dates are the hard dried variety that you can find in most greengrocers and range from $2.50-4 per kg which makes it a very economical sweetener.
A handful (6-8) of pitted dried dates soaked in 100ml water for 24 hours is enough to sweeten one litre of liquid. If you are making a smoothie in the blender with fresh fruits, you can add the dates plus their soak liquid for extra sweetness and carbohydrates.
The soaked dates will last up to a week in the fridge. Half fill a glass jar with dates and top up with water and keep on hand to add to your smoothies.
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