Ladypreneur Ramadan Recipes: Walnutty Datey Banana Bread and Date Cookies

Our Ladypreneur Ramadan Recipes continues this week with a Ramadan staple as a main ingredient. What food do you associate with Ramadan the most? Dates! The same fruit our Prophet (peace be upon him) ate to break his fast during this blessed month.

Why dates? They are an amazing fruit. Not only are they deliciously sweet they also contain plenty of vitamins and minerals and are high in fibre. Studies have shown that dates are useful in preventing abdominal cancer and if eaten regularly can maintain good all-round health. The natural sugars help balance your blood sugar levels and the high potassium even helps with your nervous system. Dates can regulate the digestive process and only a handful is enough to satisfy the recommend daily intake of dietary fibre. I have only touched on the health benefits of eating dates. The bottom line is that they are good for you and tasty. Eat them year round to maintain a healthy balance.

A couple of our Ladypreneurs have shared some creative ramadan recipes using tasty and sweet dates. These are perfect for suhoor or dessert anytime of the year.

Ramadan Recipes

Date Cookie Recipe

Aneesa Bozai of Eastern Toybox shares her super simple Date Cookie recipe. It has a perfect balance of salty and sweet flavour with the dates being the star of the dish.

Aneesa shares with us more benefits of the “superfood” and what this salty-sweet treat means to her and her family.

Dates are a must at every iftar table during Ramadan. It is a sunnah of the Prophet pbuh to break ones fast on dates and water. The wisdom of this is apparent in its tremendous health benefits, it’s a rich source of energy, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Compared to other dried fruits such as apricots and figs, dates are a good source of compounds with antioxidant activity. Indeed a true “superfood.” Years ago a dear friend introduced us to this date based dessert, now we can’t imagine Ramadan without it… it has become a tradition in our home!

 

Ramadan Recipes: Date Cookies

Dessert

 

Ingredients

  • 500g of Maria Classique Tea Biscuits (or the like)
  • 1kg of Parnoosh pitted dates
  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  • in a large mixing bowl break tea biscuits into fours, set aside.
  • on the stove top, in a large pot heat butter and sugar on medium heat until it bubbles (stirring occasionally).
  • remove from heat let cool a bit and add egg, stir until egg is blended in.
  • put pot back on stove top on medium heat and stir in dates and coconut. Mash all ingredients together while stirring, until completely blended.
  • turn heat off, add broken biscuits and fold in until coated by date mixture.
  • take cookie date mixture and press into baking sheet and flatten.
  • let cool and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters or squares with butter knife.
  • ice with any cookie/cake icing (optional)
  • ENJOY!

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Walnutty Datey Banana Bread Recipe

Our next date dessert comes from Naya Rahma Suleman of N A Y A Cards & Things has shared with us a moist and yummy Walnutty Datey Banana Bread recipe.

Naya tells us about more about the benefits of dates and what makes her Walnutty Datey Banana Bread so special.

 

It’s a great way to use ripening bananas this Ramadan the ones you bought for your kids. We are eating less but eating better. These are tasty, moist, nutty and full of fiber. Dates are in abundance around the house at this time. Dates contain cellulose which helps reduce the absorbance of glucose and cholesterol. They also have major fatty acids that cannot be produced by the human body. They are also great for lack of concentration and general fatigue they are rich with magnesium, copper and potassium. Dates help fight Anemia, as they contain Iron, Copper and Vitamin B2. The vanilla frosting is the finishing touch for those with a sweet tooth.

 

Ramadan Recipes: Walnutty Datey Banana Bread

Dessert/Suhoor

Servings: 8

 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of self rising flour
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 125g or half a cup of room temperature butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • ½ cup of chopped walnut
  • ½ cup of chopped dates (pitted)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven at 175°C. Let’s get started by greasing and lining the base of the pan
  • Sift the flour into a large bowl and combine the cinnamon, sugar, dates and walnuts
  • In a separate bowl whisk the butter and eggs together and then stir in the mashed bananas
  • Add the contents all the dry ingredients of the other bowl stir in don’t beat then add to baking pan
  • Let the baking begin, bake for 45- 50 minutes do the probe test it should come out clean
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes before empting the pan.

Serve it with some Butter or Vanilla frosting.

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LADYPRENEUR RAMADAN TIPS:

  • Our ladypreneurs love dates! Here is what they have to say about them.
  • Dates are also good! I eat 4-5 every morning! – Hafsa Pathan
  • Dates are great blended into a smoothie for extra fibre and sweetness – Lindsay Contractor
  • I’m always putting my daughter to sleep right when it’s time to break my fast so I keep a date and a bottle of water on the nightstand and when she’s not looking I eat the date I honestly instantly feel full Alhumdulilah. – Andrea Anisa Siddiqi
  • It is said that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) always broke His fast with dates and that it was one of his favourite foods – Sudduf Wyne
  • I just had two dates with milk for Suhoor. I love how filling they are and how quick on a morning when I would have missed Suhoor otherwise – Hafsa Hasan
  • What I love about it, is it’s size. Tiny but nutritious, this fruit is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and packed with fibre. – Naya Rahma Suleman

 

 

By: July 15, 2013

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