How to Make Sugar-free Snipped Dates. Naturally sweet and delicious!

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I love dates, not only sweet and delicious, but they are also very healthy. Dates are the perfect natural ingredient to use for sweetening other foods. The problem is that they are very very sticky! Commercially prepared snipped dates are sugar-coated to keep them separated and easy to crumble over the top of oatmeal or other foods. Convenient yes, but I don't want or need that sugar...

For me, that sugar is one reason I don't buy commercially prepared snipped dates. Which sent me into the kitchen to create my own jar of sugar-free snipped dates. It is easy and only takes a few minutes to get the job done. Plus, sometimes I like this type of busywork, kind of like meditation, it helps me sort through life's decisions.

You might notice that my bag of shredded coconut is reduced fat. This purchase was actually an error, one of my great superpowers is to grab the wrong package from a shelf when I shop at a new store, and that is exactly how this ended up in my cart and then my kitchen. At first, I was going to return it, but my dear husband read the package and the fat is pressed out, no chemically removed. And it turns out it was perfect to use here. It is very dry in texture, but works very well to coat sticky stuff, like these dates! Plus I am thinking energy balls and homemade Lara bars would travel very well wrapped up in a bit of coconut.

How to Make Sugar-free Snipped Dates. Naturally sweet and delicious.
Sugar-free Snipped Dates.

Sugar-free Snipped Dates
by the seat of my pants!
makes approximately 2 cups

18 Medjool dates
1 - 1 1/2 c finely shredded coconut

Begin by opening the dates and removing the seed. Lay the sticky side down into the coconut. Start out with 1 cup of the shredded coconut, adding more as needed.

How to Make Sugar-free Snipped Dates. Naturally sweet and delicious.

Once all the dates have been opened and laid into the coconut to coat the sticky side, begin cutting into matchstick pieces. Use kitchen scissors for this, they work great!

Carefully coat the exposed sides of the matchstick date pieces. Remember the thinner you cut the matchsticks, the smaller the cubes of dates will end up.

And finally, cut the dates once more across the stick, into small cubes. Once they are all cut, toss in the remaining coconut, adding more if needed, until all the cut surfaces have been coated in coconut.

Transfer to a jar with a screwtop lid.

To use, spoon over cereal or other foods where you would enjoy a sweet flavor.


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