Easy and Healthy Suhoor Recipe: Date Bites for Ramadan
Finding an easy and healthy suhoor recipe is a bit of a challenge when just about everything seems to be deep fried and fatty — especially during the final stretch of Ramadan.
Suhoor is a little bit of a big deal at my parents’ home. For as long as I could remember, my mom would wake up early and make us a fresh desi-styled breakfast. Every day. It would be hard to eat anything at such an early hour but my parents would tell us that we’d be starving by the middle of the day if we didn’t eat. So we’d eat. We’d grumble and yawn all through our meals but the fasts were definitely easier with a full breakfast.
Now I’m older and no longer live with my parents, which means there are no fresh parathay for me at 3 AM. But I still believe in waking up to eat something and it’s become a routine for me to eat a few dates and drink plenty of water mixed with chia seeds every morning. Fun fact: former NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon used to drink a gallon of water and eat 7 dates for suhoor every morning when he’d have a game.
I like dates, don’t get me wrong but I get tired of eating the same thing every morning and decided to make my own version of an energy ball of some sorts: the date bite.
Here’s what you need:
- 20 dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup almond slivers
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Here’s what you do:
- Throw your dates into a food processor, grind until finely chopped.
- Add in the almond slivers and coconut flakes, grind until thoroughly mixed.
- Empty the mixture into a bowl and add in the chocolate chips and the dried cranberries.
- Roll the mixture into little balls, place onto a tray and let it cool in the fridge for an hour.
Once they’re chilled a bit, you can throw them into a Tupperware container and store for up to a week (maybe longer, but they only last about a week in our household). I eat them for suhoor but they make great snacks all year long, I’m sure.
Be a little fancy and alternate your nuts and chocolates so that you have different date bites with each batch.
Have a great rest of Ramadan!
Hafsa is a cupcake-baking, fashion-loving, DIY-obsessed small town girl living in a big city. You can follow her adventures in her new lifestyle blog ‘Does This Make My Head Look Fat?” She has a background in public relations but now currently works in the digital agency world as a Digital Marketing Coordinator for 88 Creative. Her guilty pleasures include traveling, eating macarons and Instagramming her day-to-day excursions. Follow her adventures on Twitter.