Medjool dates are creamy and LEGAL in my diet! I know the world is pretty anti-carbohydrate, but after having Lyme, I revamped my diet. Gone are the high fat, high protein days and I now live in the world of massive amounts of fruits, veggies, and leafy greens. We rarely eat grains but when we do, they are gluten free. I am dairy and egg free too.
Anyway, back to dates. I eat dates for quick energy, especially when I’m on the road. They are easy to travel with and along with some coconut water or celery sticks, I’m satisfied and they keep me out of trouble!
I’ve studied up on dates health benefits and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium. Dates help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years by athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina.
Enjoy, in moderation of course!
10 large Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger (peel, and then grate)
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 Tbsp ground flax
3 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
2 Tbsp real maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
a pinch each of cardamom and nutmeg
2 1/2 cups fine almond meal (check honeyville grains if you can’t find it locally)
goji berries (optional)
- Add everything except the almond meal to a food processor and blend to form a sticky paste.
- Transfer the paste to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the almond meal and knead together to form a nice dough.
- If it is still pretty sticky to work with you can throw it in the fridge for an hour or two to help 🙂
- Roll the dough out onto a dehydrator sheet or baking sheet, 1/2″ thick.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread man shapes.
- Press in goji berries if you would like
- Dehydrate at 115 degrees in the dehydrator or on low in the oven until dry.
RECIPE FROM Ascension Kitchen
About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN
Tracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best. Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease: Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet. And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health. Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.
By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:
- Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
- Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
- Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
- Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
- Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
- Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme, there's a good chance you are in the right place.
If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.
There are no coincidences. All good things come from God.