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I picked up a few dates from whole food. They are really YUMMY!

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Date sugar is hard to find. I have never even seen it before.

Sucanat is a brown color...

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Thanks for the info.


I just came from whole foods and I didn't see any date sugar. Saw lots of other types of sugars with big price tags. Even dates were to much. I got some sugar from the bulk area, I forgot what its called but its brown in color.

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This is what I found out about date sugar:



"Still, many like date sugar because it goes through minimal processing and by some it is considered more natural than sugar derived from sugar cane. It can be used as a substitute for other sweeteners in recipes that don’t require sugar to melt. When baked, it may appear in foods like small brown flecks, and its taste lends an overall sweetness to baked goods.

There are recommendations that sugar made from dates can be substituted cup for cup for brown sugar, but many find that this causes food to become too sweet. Some bakers who use date sugar regularly suggest instead that you use about two-thirds of the amount of brown or white sugar called for in a recipe to approximate a similar sweetness level.

You may be challenged trying to find this sugar, and other less known sugar substitutes. You’ll also pay much more for it. The average pound (.45 kg) of date sugar costs about $6 US dollars (USD), and many find this cost prohibitive, especially as compared to the cost of brown sugar derived from cane or beets, which normally costs about $2 USD per pound.

You’re most likely to be able to find date sugar in gourmet or specialty foods stores and in natural foods stores. You can also check Asian and Mediterranean grocery stores since these cultures make significant use of dates. If you buy organic versions of the sugar, expect to pay quite a bit more for it, especially if it is manufactured in the US. You will probably find less expensive imported versions in Asian and Mediterranean stores.

If you don’t want to bake with date sugar, you can still find lots of uses for it. For instance, a little plain yogurt and fruit can come alive with a sprinkling of date sugar on the top. Consider substituting it for brown sugar on cinnamon toasts. If you are into baking, there are many bread recipes, especially calling for whole grains that now suggest using date sugar instead of brown sugar. These can lend a sweet and different taste to home baked bread."

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what is the difference between dates and date sugar?

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2/26/10 2:44 P

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Sorry I'm not real fast about trying anything lately. I guess I better tie down DH next time he's home for more than half a day!

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2/25/10 8:52 P

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Okay so date are on the list too!

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Did you ever try that coconut icecream, KELLKAT?

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Saved it to try soon!
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They WERE yummy! A big hit with my ladies MOTORCYLE group meeting the other night. A few of them won't touch sugar (I was surprised), and they GOBBLED up these cookies.
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This sounds really yummy! Thanks, Laura!!

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2/25/10 9:39 A

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I have a small amount of experience with dates now... I put them in some RAW cookies. No need for any sugars... they were GREAT! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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2/25/10 6:09 A

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I know whole foods had dates in their bulk bins, but I don't know what to do with them. Do I need to soak dates before eating or using, or does that just soften them up?

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You could use dates, agave, or a little stevia. ANy kind of sweetener if you don't like it plain. I seem to be happier and happier all the time with less sweet stuff. But, I still like my DARK chocolate!

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I made it before and didn't really like it. But then again I didn't soak the almonds or use dates. I might just have to give it another try.

Thanks Laura.

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Can't wait to make almond milk. Thanks



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OH! Sorry!
No. Soak the almonds by themselves. (try and use purified water instead of tap water)
When yougo to make the milk, pour off the water and RINSE the almonds.
Then put almonds, fresh purified water and dates into the blender and blend.

I better put that in the original post! YIKES! Thanks for pointing that out!

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I have a question about the recipe. Do I soak all the ingredients together overnight.

Or do I soak the almonds and discard the water and use fresh water??

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Give your little blender a try. After the almonds soak, they get fairly soft...

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Yup you did - but I am glad you mentioned it again, I may have forgotten to do it. I suspected you had a killer blender...on my wish list. We'll just have to see what my little blender can handle.

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I have a very powerful Kitchen Aid.

Making the milk is AMAZINGLY easy! You just have to remember to soak your almonds for a few hours first.
(did I put that in the original post; I better check)

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I saw a video of a woman making almond milk and ever since seeing that I have wanted to make my own. Thanks for your post, it has helped me to get over the inertia - hopefully I will make my very own almond milk this week-end. I need to go to Costco to get some almonds first :)

What kind of a blender do you use?

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Thanks for the recipe and breakdown! I've got a kid that we've recently discovered doesn't tolerate dairy well and I'm looking for good dairy substitutes. I'm definitely going to try out this recipe!

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Thanks Laura! I do love almond milk!

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Thanks I am going to try this recipe! I really enjoy almond milk

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Does packaged almond milk provide the same health benefits as whole almonds?

Commercially purchased, prepackaged almond milk does not provide nearly the same benefits as whole almonds. It's not even close!

The first ingredient in most almond milks is either water or "almond base" (the latter generally referring to some form of blenderized and filtered almond water). Exactly how much almond is contained in this "almond base" varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. However, if you check the fiber content of your almond milk, that number will give you some clue about the likely amount of almonds included: while there's about one gram of fiber in every seven almonds, many almond milks generally contain zero grams of fiber per eight ounces!

Manufacturers recognize that most consumers aren't purchasing almond milk in order to get the benefit derived from almonds. They view consumers as desiring a substitute for cow's milk that looks, tastes, and flows onto cereal like cow's milk. For this reason, they will often enrich their almond milks with the same nutrients used to enrich cow's milk: vitamins A and D. This step makes the almond milk appear more similar to cow's milk from the consumer perspective. Manufacturers will also often add calcium to show even more similarity between almond milk and cow's milk. (Three-quarters of an ounce of almonds contain approximately the same amount of calories as one cup of skim milk. However, the almonds contain only one-seventh the amount of calcium as found in the milk.)

Most commercially available almond milks don't come close to the World's Healthiest Foods' definition of whole, natural foods. They may contain outstanding individual ingredients, including natural sweeteners and organically grown almonds; they may also be completely free of synthetic additives or preservatives. But they don't provide the benefits of whole, natural foods in terms of nutrient quantity, nutrient diversity, or nutrient combinations.

An alternative to prepackaged, processed almond milk products, of course, is homemade almond milk. Here is a recipe for homemade almond milk that I created for The World's Healthiest Foods: Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating, which is featured on page 537.

* 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight
* 3 pitted dates
* Pinch of salt
* 3-5 cups water (depending how DENSE you want your milk)

1. Soak the almonds by themselves. (try and use purified water instead of tap water)
When you go to make the milk, pour off the water and RINSE the almonds.
Then put almonds, fresh purified water and dates into the blender and blend.

2. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a large measuring cup or bowl. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to three days.


What is the nutrient content of homemade almond milk? The almond milk I buy at the store says it has 40 calories per cup. I have tried to figure the nutrient info for homemade almond milk. It gets a little tricky since you are actually straining out all the pulp. So, here is my best guestimation...

I used 5 cups of water, because I really am trying to keep my cals low...


Calories 178.2
Total Fat 14.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 0.4 mg
Potassium 239.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9.3 g
Dietary Fiber .5 g
Sugars 4.5 g
Protein 6.2 g
Vitamin A 0.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 2.3 %
Vitamin C 0.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 37.0 %
Calcium 7.2 %
Copper 16.3 %
Folate 2.3 %
Iron 7.1 %
Magnesium 20.1 %
Manganese 36.6 %
Niacin 5.9 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.3 %
Phosphorus 13.8 %
Riboflavin 13.7 %
Selenium 2.0 %
Thiamin 4.7 %
Zinc 6.5 %

I am still unsure if this calorie count is reliable... I found other info that says it is about 100 cals per cup. You see, what I wonder is how many cals are strained out with the pulp?

Also, I heard that some people dry out the leftover pulp and use it ALMOND MEAL, or flour.


OK. After some investigation, I have found out that 1 cup of almonds is approx 546 calories. SPark, though, says there are over 800 calories for a cup of whole almonds, but funny enough, it says GROUND almonds have 546 caloires. It seems to me that ground almonds should have more calo9ires because the gound stuff would take up less room (be more dense) than whole aklmonds.

So, what I am gonna do is CHANGE my calorie breakdown to allow for 546 cals per 1 cup of almonds. I have been GOOGLING this all morning, and I think this will be more accurate.

Calories 123.9
Total Fat 9.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 0.3 mg
Potassium 171.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7.5 g
Dietary Fiber ? g
Sugars 4.1 g
Protein 4.2 g

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