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If you’re curious about how to use dates, here’s your chance to get inspired! Dates are an amazing food, and have so many health benefits. They’re delicious and can be blended, chopped, or enjoyed on their own. They’re usually found in raw desserts and are a healthy substitute for refined sugar. However, there are so many sweet ways to enjoy dates!

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For Easter this year, try making a healthier dessert for the family with these delicious, naturally-sweetened date treats!

1. Chocolate Tarts

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These Chocolate Tarts by Harriet Porterfield are the perfect after dinner treat, mid afternoon snack and make a stunning treat for a dinner party with friends. The best thing is they taste rich and creamy but are secretly healthy!

2. Chocolate Date Steel Cut Oats

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This Chocolate Date Steel Cut Oats by What the Health, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn with Eunice Wong is simple, tasty, healthy, and has room for you to throw in your favorite oatmeal toppings! There is something special about the chocolate and date combination in this delicious breakfast combination that makes it a must try.

3. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cereal

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This vegan 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cereal by Sara Grandominico is crunchy, naturally sweet, and will totally take you back to childhood. The opposite of typical, sugary cereals, this is made with just three ingredients and is completely gluten-free and healthy! Another perk of the cereal is its amazing versatility. Of course it can be eaten on it’s own with some almond milk, but it’s also great as a mix in for granola and it would make a delicious topping for a frozen sweet treat.

4. Raw Snickers Cake

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This recipe is raw, vegan, refined sugar free, 100% organic, full of anti-oxidants, magnesium, serotonin and promotes digestive health! This Raw Snickers Cake by Judy Moosmueller also tastes rich, decadent and makes your heart skip! You can freeze these for a few months and simply thaw 5 min before eating.

5. Date-Sweetened Cinnamon Sticky Buns

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Dense, indulgent, and filled with a warm kick of cinnamon and a blast of date sweetness. These Date-Sweetened Cinnamon Sticky Buns by Logan Dunn & Lexus Osman are just the way cinnamon sticky buns were meant to be! Top them off with a drizzle of a light cashew cream cheese frosting and you’ve got yourself the perfect pairing for your morning of relaxation or a pull apart treat for those evenings when you find yourself stuck in the library cramming.

6. Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Balls

 

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The Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Balls by Amarilis Moldes is easy, delicious, high in protein, healthy … it has everything. The simple 5 ingredients in these cocoa peanut butter energy balls come together to form the ultimate power up snack!

7. Tahini Maca Latte

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The creamy richness in this recipe comes from tahini, a sesame seed paste that is loaded with calcium and healthy fats. This creamy, sweet, and luscious Tahini Maca Latte by Super Powders, Katrine van Wyk  is a real treat, and with maca and pearl, you’ll feel glowing and harmonized to boot.

8. Ferrero Rocher Copycat

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These Ferrero Rocher Copycat by Amarilis Moldes are perfect to impress your guests at any occasion! They are a healthy alternative to the real Ferrero Rocher chocolates. You can also melt some dark chocolate and add an extra layer of chocolatey goodness to these awesome treats!

9. Peanut Butter Smoothie

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Chocolate and peanut butter are such a classic flavor combination! You are going to love this Peanut Butter Smoothie by Mariko Sakata. Naturally sweetened, this smoothie is packed full of nutrients!

10. Pistachio Matcha Truffles

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A delectable treat for the sweet tooth in all of us! And so simple to make too! This Pistachio Matcha Truffles by Helyn Dunn recipes makes enough for you to enjoy either as a midday pick-me-up or as a healthy dessert.

11. Raw Snickers Bars

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 These Raw Snickers Bars by Marie Reginato are vegan, healthy and filled with a delicious creamy peanut butter and caramel filling. The perfect dessert or sweet treat for anytime of day.

12. Healthy Banana Bread

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This banana bread is sweetened entirely with bananas and dates, and the only flour required is oat flour. Easy to assemble and a healthy treat! This bread is perfect to eat in the morning with a hot cup of your drink, or even to enjoy as a snack on-the-go!

13. Almond Milk

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Plant-based milk varieties are constantly growing these days, but there’s still nothing like making homemade and it’s so easy! This Almond Milk by Tori Cooper is a wonderful recipe and is naturally sweetened with dates. The almonds need to soak, so make sure you plan ahead in order to enjoy this recipe right away.

14. Raw Caramel Brownie Slice

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Little slices of perfection: these Raw Caramel Brownie Slice by Brynley King. It starts with a chocolatey base made from Medjool dates and crunchy activated buckwheat, followed by a luscious coconut caramel filling and a silky-smooth chocolate ganache topping. Go ahead, indulge in that second slice.

15. Chocolate Pretzel Quinoa Bars

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These delicious, easy Chocolate Pretzel Quinoa Bars by Caroline Doucet are the perfect thing to make over the weekend so you’re supplied for the week. They’re packed with quinoa and nuts to keep you energized throughout the day. They’re the perfect bite for someone who’s on the go.

And there you have it! 15 amazing ways to enjoy dates! Looking for more naturally sweetened treats? Check out these 15 Naturally Sweet Vegan Desserts… No Sugar Added and these 10 Hacks That Can Make Sweet Treats Healthier!

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