A few weeks ago, I was sent a a 12 pound package from Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates! Inside this delightful box (no pun intended) was a combination of twelve packages of delicious Medjool Dates and Date Rolls from Bard Valley! Natural delights sent me some of their amazing Date Rolls, which included 3 different flavors: almond, pistachio, and coconut. I had never tried date rolls before, but they are pretty addicting! Coconut was my favorite, so much sweet chewy goodness in one bite! Along with a generous amount of date rolls, they also sent me some whole Medjool dates which were fantastic. I go through tons of dates in my kitchen because I love using them in place of refined sugar for baked goods & desserts, and love nibbling on them when I am craving something sweet.


I saw this quote on the Natural Delights website and had to share it with you guys! It’s perfect haha
“Once the fruit of kings. Now the king of fruits. The mighty, majestic Medjool.”

“Known as the “Fruit of the Kings,” caramel-like Natural Delights Medjool Dates are considered the best-tasting, most luscious dates in the world. In addition to being a good source of fiber, they contain no added sugar, are high in antioxidants and offer important vitamins and minerals including Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin K.” -Natural Delights

Natural Delights also sent me some excellent information explaining why Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates are a nutritional powerhouse!

  • They are naturally sweet Medjool dates are naturally sweet and contain no added sugar, making them an ideal alternative to artificial and processed sweeteners.
  • They help protect against cancer Medjool dates are filled with polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help protect the body against the oxidation and inflammation of cells that can lead to cancer. Medjool dates contain more antioxidants than blackberries, plums and apples.
  • They help stabilize blood sugar levels Medjool dates rate low to low/medium on the Glycemic Index (GI). A low-GI carb diet keeps glucose and insulin levels stable, helping maintain sustained energy and a healthy weight.
  • They make you feel fuller for longer Medjool dates are loaded with dietary fiber. Just one-quarter cup of Medjools provides 12 percent of the daily requirement of fiber and helps satisfy between-meal cravings.
  • They can reenergize Rich in potassium, manganese and other important minerals, Medjools help balance blood sodium levels and release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates.
  • They are a healthy snack Medjool dates are a no-fat and no-cholesterol treat, making them ideal for snacking.
  • They help fight against “bad” cholesterol Medjool dates help lower LDL cholesterol levels, which decreases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
  • They can ease labor and deliveries in pregnant women A study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology indicated that pregnant women who consumed six Medjool dates for four weeks prior to their estimated delivery date had easier labors with fewer complications.
  • They help lower blood pressure Medjool dates are also dense in copper, Vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron and Vitamin K, making it the perfect addition to the DASH diet, which is proven to lower blood pressure.
  • They have a long shelf life Medjool dates have a shelf life of 30 days when stored at room temperature – making them ideal for travel and enjoying at work, home or play.

With an abundance of fresh dates, I knew it was time for a new dessert recipe! Mmmm my fav! This is an adaptation of my favorite Vegan Chef, Chef AJ’s Raw Brownies!


Raw Brownie Bites
Makes 12 servings

1 cup pitted Medjool dates
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup walnuts
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or 4 Tbsp cocoa powder)
1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Blend the sunflower seeds and walnuts in a food processor or high powered blender until finely ground but not a nut butter consistency. Add the cacao powder and vanilla extract and blend again until mixed evenly. Remove pits from dates. Add the the dates and process until a dough like mixture is formed. You should be able to sculpt the dough without crumbling. Using a 1 Tbsp measuring spoon, scoop the dough and roll into 12 balls. Keep in the refrigerator for 1 week or freezer for up to 1 month. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for a post workout snack or a healthy dessert, turn your Raw Brownie Bites into a Brownie Batter Milkshake with this super simple recipe: 



Brownie Batter Milkshake

serves1

2 Raw Brownie Bites
1 frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)

Combine almond milk, banana, and 2 Raw Brownie Bites in a blender and blend until smooth.

In collaboration with Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates, I am hosting a giveaway! One lucky RFFMBT winner will receive: 3 packages of Fresh Medjool Dates, 3 packages of Almond Date Rolls, 3 packages of Pistachio Date Rolls, and 3 packages of Coconut Date Rolls!

For your chance to win:
  • Leave a comment on this post “Raw Brownie Bites + Natural Delights Medjool Dates Giveaway” saying what you would do with your Medjool dates!
  • All entries must use a valid email address.
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • All comments must be posted by Thursday, July 19th at 11:59pm (PST).
  • 1 winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, July 20th.

I have complied a list of some RFFMBT recipes that also include Medjool Dates:

Chocomole 
Raw Bites
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies
Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip
Healthy Vegan Banana Bread
Black Bean and Spinach Brownies

Hail To the Kale Salad Dressing

For more information about Bard Valley Natural Delights™ Medjool Dates visit their website and Facebook!

* The giveaway has ended, and the winner will be announced on Friday, July 20.
** Congratulations to the winner: Kristi E. from CO.

317 Comments on Raw Brownie Bites + Natural Delights Medjool Dates Giveaway

  1. Maggie
    July 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won I would make these recipes that you shared with us, I have never had dates and these sound VERY yummy!! I especially like the raw brownie bite one! And to use a few bites and make a shake= even better. Hope to win!!

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  2. Catherine
    July 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm (6 years ago)

    I love mixing dates with almonds and coconut and rolling into little energy balls 🙂

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  3. Joni Hoffman
    July 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won the dates, I would stock my freezer with healthy desserts! Medjool dates are very difficult to find in my area!

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  4. Christina Dann
    July 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm (6 years ago)

    What an awesome giveaway! Obviously, I would make the brownie batter milkshake if I won 🙂

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  5. Courtney
    July 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm (6 years ago)

    OMG–what an amazing giveaway! I *love* dates but can’t often buy them because they are so expensive. If I were to win, I would definitely eat quite a few dates as is–one of the best treats ever!–and also use them to make some yummy treats like black bean brownies and raw apple pie 🙂

    Courtney

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  6. Rachel
    July 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won this give away I would use all my will power not to eat each and every date the moment the package arrived on my door step!

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  7. Lauren
    July 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm (6 years ago)

    I am on day 3 of the skinny bunny cleanse and have been craving some type of chocolatey dessert. Since I am planning on following the Rabbit Food Pyramid after the cleanse, I would use them in a healthy way- probably with the raw bites. They look so delish. For that matter, I would also try one plain- I’ve never had a plain one before, just in recipes!

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  8. Rachelle
    July 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m trying to convert my parents to a plant-based diet. My plan of action is to first make them some yummy desserts. Medjool dates would be perfect!

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  9. Melody
    July 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I have seen so many great looking dessert recipes that need Medjool dates and I have never seen Medjool dates in stores. I would try as many of those recipes as I could.

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  10. Katie S
    July 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Even though I am 21, I have extremely high cholesterol so I have to be super careful about what I eat. These dates and date rolls would be perfect, delicious snacks for me! I would stuff some of them with a mixture of roasted sesame seeds, sliced almonds, and crushed cardamom, because my host mom I had when I studied in India enjoyed eating them that way 🙂 And probably some healthy oatmeal date nut muffins too! I love your blog because you make healthy eating seem simple and delicious. Thank you 🙂

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  11. Stacie
    July 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I would totally try these recipes and also just eat the dates straight out the box. Growing up in Southern California medjool dates were the family fave and date shakes were the best!

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  12. Carrie
    July 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m new to plant based eating and am a huge fan! I bought my first package of mejdool dates yesterday and have so far made two recipes with them. I made veggie brownies and a yummy peanut salad dressing. I had no idea how versitile this little date is. If I win I would continue to experiment with new recipes and hopefully find alternatives to snack on and satisfy my ginormous sweet tooth. Pick me!!

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  13. Erica Garcia
    July 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win because I have never tried them and am starting a new diet plan and trying to find healthy food that are good and can be substituted for sugar or other foods not so good for you. I would love to try these.

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  14. Kim
    July 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won I would finally experiment with healthy desserts! I’ve been doing pretty well with changing my meals into much healthier recipes but haven’t had any luck with desserts (a weakness!)…. yet!

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  15. Janna
    July 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm (6 years ago)

    I have never tried these dates before, but I would love to try the healthy vegan banana bread and just snack on them. I definitely have a sweet tooth!

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  16. janene
    July 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm (6 years ago)

    first, i’d make some of your delicious dessert recipes! actually, my 2 yr old LOVES dates so i’d probably have to share a few straight from the box first…

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  17. Emily C.
    July 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve only made knock-off Larabars with dates but have to try your brownie batter milkshake (since batter and dough are the best!). Thanks for hosting.

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  18. Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom
    July 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d love to try the recipe you posted. I’ve never baked with dates before but it seems like great idea.

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  19. Jennica
    July 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I have such a sweet tooth, I love to bake, and am always looking for healthy treats. I would try all the recipes you gave and also play around with my favorite vegan chocolate chip recipe to see if I could eliminate the refined sugar in it with the help of the dates.

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  20. Shelly
    July 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I would use the dates to try your raw brownie bites recipe, as well as to continue to feed my new Vitamix! I use dates to sweeten my morning green smoothies 🙂

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  21. Gayle
    July 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I love dates chopped up on my oatmeal or morning rice.

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  22. Jamie Nevill
    July 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm (6 years ago)

    All the recipes sound delicious! I would for sure try out the milk shake. Would also make a great snack for my 2 year old!

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  23. Donna Porter
    July 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Yesterday I found a recipe for chocolate pudding which includes medjool dates! I would love to try it! My husband is deployed and it’s my goal to get healthy..so having a sweet treat that is also healthy would be awesome!

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  24. Katie
    July 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm (6 years ago)

    Raw Brownie Bites + Natural Delights Medjool Dates Giveaway

    I would eat them and enjoy every bite of them!!! And share them with my family of course! 🙂 I might even try some of the recipes you shared, they sound absolutely delightful! (pun intended) 😛

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  25. Kristle
    July 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I love making my own Lara bars and Lara balls at home, but medjool dates are pretty pricey. My mom really liked my key lime pie flavor bar I made, so I gotta make a batch for her! Great give away 🙂

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  26. Adrianne G
    July 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I would use them in recipes I am just finding out about, like your site here and others through Pinterest. I have bought regular pitted dates but can’t afford to try the Medjool variety.

    Also, love the blog and thank you for your effort here 🙂

    <3
    Adrianne

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  27. Heather
    July 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm (6 years ago)

    If I had dates, I’d definitely make the Hail to the Kale salad, as well as chocolatecoveredkatie’s vegan No-Bake Oreo Cookies!!

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  28. Catherine
    July 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I would most definitely make that raw brownie milkshake!! But otherwise, I would use the plain dates to make some date paste, which I’ve been meaning to do.

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  29. Niki
    July 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I haven’t had a date in a long time. I would make a few of your recipes bevause i am trying to change my lifestyle of eating.

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  30. Ruthanne
    July 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm (6 years ago)

    ID FREAKIN EAT EM RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX! Love dates! My fiance is from Israel, we eat them like candy!
    Ps loved your workout shirt tutorial! Made like 5 in a row!

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  31. Heather
    July 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm (6 years ago)

    EIther way I plan to make the brownie bites, shake, and the dates rolled in coconut. I am a recently diagnosed type 2 diabetic working on eating healthier and more raw foods in efforts to get healthy, off meds and lose weight. I don’t believe there are words for how excited I am to learn about these kinds of dates-low GI!!!!! Thank you!

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  32. Ashley C
    July 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I just recently found this site and it is opening my eyes to healthier living. I definitely used the dates in the recipes provided. This would allow for the whole family to have something sweet but good for them. Also, since I love to cook I would find other ways to include the dates in meals or recipes and share with everyone.

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  33. Jennifer R.
    July 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Im so excited about this giveaway! I was just looking up what supermarket in my area sells them! I’ve never tried them– but if I won I would use them to make an energizing breakfast smoothie! One I could just take along where ever I go in the morning! As a busy mom of an 17 month old boy, I don’t have the luxury of time. Fingers crossed… 🙂

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  34. Bridget
    July 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Catherine! How ironic that I was sitting here savoring the Black bean and Spinach brownies when I read today’s post! Lucky you to have received such a lavish gift! When I made the brownies I was skeptical at first, but the combination of medjool dates and cocoa powder camouflages the other “secret ingredients”. I hate to admit that I ate too many Medjools while I was preparing the brownies, so I only had 9 left for the recipe!! So, if I am selected, I will put a moderate quantity aside for my daily indulgence of nature’s “candy” while trying to observe moderation, and use the others to continue using in your yummy recipes and experimentation of my own (almond butter/medjool date toast anyone?) I’m now on week 2 1/2 of my Rabbit food lifestyle and love the improvement in my energy and the decreasing scale! Thank you Catherine!!

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  35. Corrin
    July 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I want these ! I am a huge fan of dates and figs I can’t wait to concoct fun desserts with these !
    Btw chia seeds are awesome your right ! <3 your blog is awesome, I struggle with my weight everyday, your blog is a great inspiration.

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  36. Jennifer C
    July 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make some homemade Lara bars, and definitely your raw brownie bites! They sound divine!

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  37. Amanda
    July 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I would try these recipes, and others that use dates in lieu of a sweetener. I have a crazy sweet tooth, so a natural, no-sugar added means of satisfying it is always welcomed! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. Linda J
    July 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm (6 years ago)

    I love dates! I would do some baking with them and just eat them as a snack.

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  39. Lindsay
    July 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm (6 years ago)

    I would snack on them as a sweet treat! 🙂

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  40. Valerie Slade
    July 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won (which I sincerely hope to) I would eat the Medjool dates just as they are; I wouldn’t mess with perfection!

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  41. megan vanetten
    July 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I LOOOOVE dates, they’re the perfect healthy sweet treat. REALLY good wrapped in bacon NOT SO HEALTHY, but VERY good

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  42. Katie
    July 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make these brownie bites! I’ve never tried dates, but they seem like an awesome way to feed my sweet tooth something healthy!

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  43. Heather @ For the Love of Kale
    July 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Ah! This giveaway makes me so excited! I’d love to create some sort of dark chocolate coconut dessert with these dates. Looks amazing. 🙂

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  44. Nicole
    July 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm (6 years ago)

    if i won these yummy dates they’d help kick start my path down rabbit food deliciousness!

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  45. Marlene
    July 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm (6 years ago)

    The natural sweetness of dates would allow me to try several recipes I have been dying to try that rely solely on the sweetness of the dates for their sugar content. I would definitely try these raw brownie bites. I am going to make those ASAP. I also have a recipe for date nut balls that I would like to try.. Oh the possibilities are endless as I love to cook, and am working on making my cooking healthier for a healthier me!!!

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  46. Jen
    July 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won, I’d add them to my salads as is for for some sweetness and make them into brownies to give to my brother who has been studying hard for the bar exam while also prepping for his upcoming wedding and definitely deserves to be rewarded with his fave dessert for his diligence.

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  47. lisa
    July 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm (6 years ago)

    This is perfect! I have been dying to try to make my own “Larabars” at home. I would love to win this package!! Great giveaway!

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  48. Kayla
    July 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I would definitely try your raw brownie bite recipe, and of course the yummy sounding shake. I’ve never had dates before and I think that it would be a great way to try them out!

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  49. Cody
    July 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make the Date Brownie Bites! Delicious!

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  50. Lilly
    July 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won I PROMISE I will not wrap them up in bacon and stick ’em in the oven! LOL! Besides having dates straight out of the bag or wrapped in bacon I have never tried them in any recipes. I would try these recipes on my weight-loss journey!

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  51. Tanya
    July 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make a large batch of black bean and spinach brownies. My family loves them!

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  52. Molly
    July 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm (6 years ago)

    baah, I love dates! If I won I would love to try using them in some new recipes!

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  53. Carla
    July 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm (6 years ago)

    This is awesome! I have been wanting to try dates, but never know how to mix them in treats. Yum!

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  54. Rebecca L.
    July 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Catherine, if I won, as much as I would love to try your brownie bites recipe, I’m pretty sure I would get lazy and just eat them plain. 😉

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  55. Cherin
    July 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I would try one of the recipes on thier website. The strawberry, orange and medjool date salad with balsamic reduction or the Savory medjool date and nut pasta. Yummers

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  56. Kimball
    July 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve made my own version of your Raw Brownie Bites many times, only I call them truffles and usually make them with almonds. Soooooo good, so those of you who haven’t tried them- whip up a batch pronto!

    I use Medjool dates nearly every morning in my chocolate Shakeology. I add dates, oats, banana and ice and it is amazing.

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  57. Mariah
    July 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm (6 years ago)

    OMG I’m so excited about this post! I would LOVE a pretty little “date” package 🙂 I would def be making these amazing Raw Brownie Bites as well as the Milkshake… sigh… just dreaming!! Thanks Catherine and Bard Valley Natural Delights! Hope I win!!

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  58. Erin Hayes
    July 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello! I just tried your ‘Campfire Kisses’ which used dates and I loved them! I would definitely make those again. I also read somewhere that you could make something like caramel out of them? I’m thinking some vegan ice cream pops with Date caramel??

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  59. Briana
    July 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never made anything with dates before, but I would love to try this recipe if I won! 🙂

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  60. Liz
    July 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I would eat them straight up! And I would buy more to eat when I closer to my due date. Thanks for the date info!

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  61. Hyatt
    July 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm (6 years ago)

    My son loves dates and I love how “regular” they keep him! TMI 🙂 I would share them with him.

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  62. samantha
    July 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm (6 years ago)

    Those brownie bites look amazing! I’ve tried a few of your parfait recipes to take to work with me and those would be a great treat to take to work! My coworkers love having food days *fun fact food fridays!!* but some of the things I don’t eat and don’t want to insult them by not partaking. These brownie bites would be a great snack to take and I would love to tell people how much better they are than most of the stuff in our office!! Can’t wait for more awesome recipes (: I haven’t ran into a bad one yet!

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  63. Stephanie
    July 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won, I would use the dates to a) make all of the recipes you suggested and b) make different varieties of homemade larabars! I love larabars and the fact that they only use dates + dried fruits and nuts makes for a whole lot of awesome and interesting snack ideas!

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  64. Kristi Martinez
    July 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won these, I would absolutely make the shake first!!!! It sounds delicious!

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  65. kath
    July 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I like mixing the dates with ground walnuts, ground almonds and unsweetened coconut to make my own little protein bites!

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  66. Ashley
    July 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won I would first make the Raw Brownie Bites. I would also live to try them diced in a sweet version of tubouli, I love to mix different things in with the wheat.

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  67. Ferne Emery
    July 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d do exactly what you just did with them because they look amazing!

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  68. Aimee M
    July 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d make my own Larabars!

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  69. Theresa
    July 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I had your chickpea chocolate chip cookies…awesome. I would make those!

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  70. samantha
    July 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I would use them to make homemade energy bars and these brownie bites. yummy!

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  71. Taylor
    July 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I have been wanting to make your different desserts that contain dates and haven’t been able to find them at the grocery store anywhere! Winning this would be amazing – I’m dying to try the raw brownie bites!

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  72. Kelsey
    July 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d love to make some raw brownie bites asap of course and think that dates are the perfect energizing pre-run snack! I also love them chopped up in cream of wheat with almonds. 🙂

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  73. Mila
    July 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m really looking forward to trying out Strawberry Oat bars, which use oats, nuts and dates to form a base which is then topped with mashed and sliced strawberries and refrigerated. Sounds like perfect dessert for breakfast, especially with a side of iced almond milk!

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  74. Venusia Castro
    July 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I am 31, two children (4 yrs old and 1 month old) and have recently figured out that my extreme high cholesterol has been chronic for many years. I have never been someone who would go for dates as first choice just because I did not know the benefits until now. So these dates that you have written about would be great for me. I need to incorporate more delicious snacks since I am on the path to a better lifestyle. I have read some great salad recipes and feel they would go great with some nuts as well. I can only imagine how they would benefit a nice batch of oatmeal or some muffins. If I won I would try all of your great sounding recipes and they would help me on my journey of satisfying my sweet tooth in a different way; it will also assist me in showing my 4 year old other food options.

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  75. Claudia
    July 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm (6 years ago)

    OMG…looovee dates!!! I would just eat them right out the box and hopefully if there is any left overs I would make your raw brownie bites. Que rico!! 🙂

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  76. Jenny
    July 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won I would try out those chocolate chip chickpea cookies! I am a sucker for chocolate chip cookies and using dates in place of sugar fascinates me.

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  77. Chelsea
    July 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello, I’m a new reader 🙂
    I would use the dates to make lots of healthy but yummy vegan desserts! I love dates and bananas as natural sweeteners! Raw brownie balls, cookie dough, oatmeal, shakes, date paste…mmmm.

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  78. bobbie carrigan
    July 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh my goodness. I just ate my first date ever. I can’t believe I had never eaten one before and these recipes look amazing. Would love to win.

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  79. Alison
    July 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm (6 years ago)

    Make a ton of cashew nut milk with dates! It’s so yummy

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  80. Shelby Owens
    July 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I want some dates!

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  81. Marci
    July 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm (6 years ago)

    I would eat them! Yum. I love a date with just a little bit of goat cheese or cream cheese and a pecan or walnut on top. I also love the recipes that you have that are more for the sweet tooth esepcially the shake and the chickpea cookie dip. Yummy.

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  82. Kathy Dubansky
    July 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I have recently become addicted to the chickpea cookie dough dip! I would have never imagined I would buy dates and then use them in a recipe. My mother and grandmother have always loved dates, but I thought they were “icky”. So happy to now enjoy them!

    I’m so excited to try the other recipes where you substitute dates for sugar. My father is vegan and is coming to visit for his 80th birthday. I’m excited to prepare something delicious that others at his party, vegan or not, will enjoy!

    Thanks for the fabulous ideas!

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  83. Brittany Cloud
    July 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm (6 years ago)

    Nice! I have such a sweet tooth, will definitely have to try this!

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  84. Courtney briscoe
    July 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won these dates I would share them on a date with my date!!

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  85. Erin
    July 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I would introduce my roommates to the wonders of dates! And use them to sweeten homemade “ice creams”.

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  86. Niki
    July 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm (6 years ago)

    Yum! I would make SO many raw truffles to keep in my freezer. Also, dates make excellent binders for sweet and spicy chickpea burgers.

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  87. Molly Meehan
    July 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Healthy Vegan banana bread recipe looks so yummy, I would have to make that.

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  88. Nicole Gatton
    July 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I would eat them until they were gone! Yummm!!! I have been eating dates as my sweet treat for while…LOVE THEM!

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  89. Marissa
    July 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I love dates so much! I would like to say that I am going to make some fancy recipe… But… I’ll probably just end up eating them straight for desert 🙂

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  90. Kristin Becker
    July 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make healthy desserts of course!

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  91. Heather Zeppone
    July 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make your raw brownie bites! Looks so delicious. I love snacks…especially guilt free ones!! <3

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  92. Stacey in TX
    July 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never had dates but boy, this has my curiosity peaked! I would love to make those brownie bites 🙂

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  93. Nely Barger
    July 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm (6 years ago)

    I love making fruit cake rolls with dates!! They are so addicting and so easy to make!!! The raw brownie bites look amazing!! 😀

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  94. Lacey
    July 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I would use the dates in everything!! I bake with dates all of the time, I love the sweet, caramelly flavor and the fact that they work so well in all of my recipes!! I even once made a sugar, oil, and gluten free sticky toffee pudding cake using nothing but dates for all of the sweetener and caramel sauce! yum!

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  95. Candra Creason
    July 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm (6 years ago)

    Every morning i have Fage plain greek yogurt with dates and almonds so i would definately chop them up for my breakfast but i also love love love dates stuffed with cream chhese and almonds! I would definately try your brownie bites also as i have 150 lbs to lose and really miss chocolate!

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  96. Brooke
    July 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm (6 years ago)

    IF i won, I would no doubt make the brownie bites….or the brownie batter milkshake…or both.. because they both look so delicious!

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  97. Jennifer P
    July 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I would use the dates for raw power/energy bars. The dates are good source of simple carbohydrates that your body can use for energy when working out! 🙂

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  98. Erica Sarro
    July 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d definitely make your vegan banana bread. It looks delicious!

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  99. Jen A
    July 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I just discovered your blog through Pinterest. I love dates stuffed with a little peanut butter, so yum!

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  100. Lyndsey Prete
    July 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm (6 years ago)

    These would motivate me to stay on my healthy eating track! I have a killer sweet tooth and these would help me out so much by eating healhy sweet delicious snacks instead of other UNHEALTHY sweet delicious snacks…like deep fried wagon wheels which I just had this past Saturday at a local carnival. Oh man, I think I shaved of 5 years of my life with those guys. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and these yummy healthy food ideas!

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  101. Lyndsey Prete
    July 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh….sad…I just saw that it was only open to US residents. I’m Canadian…boooo. :(.

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  102. Heather
    July 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won the dates, I would be very excited because I have never had one before! & I would have plenty to experiment with to try out some recipes that you posted ! =)

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  103. Emily
    July 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm (6 years ago)

    LOVE you by the way:)
    I have never tried dates! I always see then in recipes I want to try, though. if I want this giveaway I would FINALLY be forced to try one of the endless recipes I have been needing to sink my teeth into.

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  104. Amanda S
    July 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm (6 years ago)

    I would put them in either whole wheat flour scones or muffins!

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  105. Lindsey Zoellner
    July 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won I would use the dates to make your recipes that call for those type of dates, since it is hard to find them where I live. I would also try to make my own personal recipes using them.

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  106. Sarah Oaks
    July 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I have never tried dates before, so this would be the perfect way to experiment! I really want to try the raw brownie bites.

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  107. Liz French
    July 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won, I would definitely make those raw brownie bites because they look YUMMY! But I’d also make stuffed dates with Gorgonzola cheese. I had those once…MMM! I would have made them myself but dates are so expensive 🙁

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  108. Jordan D
    July 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d use the dates to make a raw cheesecake crust for a vegan “cheese”cake! Or coconut date nut rum balls 😉

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  109. rachel
    July 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to try your cookie dough recipe.

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  110. Casey
    July 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never tried anything like this before and would definitely LOVE to try them. Since I wouldn’t know what to do with them on my own I would definitely put together the recipes you shared! I’m just now getting into health/fitness (and have a ton of weight to lose) and trying to find new and healthy foods I might like!!

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  111. Jaylene Mosley
    July 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I would try the recipes you have on here as well as just snack on them.

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  112. Brittney
    July 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make the brownie bites. They look rather tasty! I stumbled on your site a few weeks ago, I really love it! Such great, healthy ideas. And, by the way, Toast Tuesday is genius!

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  113. Anastasia Beth
    July 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d love to win these dates! I’d love to try using them as an in-between snack and for when I need a bit of sweetness versus turning to 100 calorie packs or worse, 7-11 across the street. All the products you received look yummy and healthy too!

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  114. Adrian Lipscombe
    July 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm (6 years ago)

    If i won the dates, i would create kid friendly recipe and share with my son’s school and the community garden group. I am thinking date bread, date pudding (vegan style) date ice cream it is hot summer treat!

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  115. Sara
    July 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I would stuff the dates with skim ricotta, and serve them as an appetizer. I think my husband would love these for our “Date” night!

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  116. Diana
    July 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Love medjool dates! One of my favorite sweet snacks. Definitely trying your post workout shake tomorrow.
    I’ve made dates stuffed with puréed pistachios and they’re a yummy salty/sweet treat 🙂

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  117. kristy m
    July 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm (6 years ago)

    would LOVE to try that brownie batter milkshake! (which is really great because it means I get to make the raw brownies too 🙂 )

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  118. Brittany
    July 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I would hide them from my kids and husband and keep them for me for snacking on, and I would love to try some of your yummy sounding recipes.

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  119. Adrienne
    July 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won I would get to try a date for the first time ever!

    These sound fabulous. I am just getting off what has been a very strict low glycemic index diet. I want to start adding a wider variety of foods to my diet while staying in-line with what I’ve learned. These would be a great jumping-off point.

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  120. Rachael
    July 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm (6 years ago)

    Homemade Larabars of your brownie bites. Maybe both!!

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  121. Amber Costantino
    July 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I think I have had dates once or twice in my life. As an avid baker, I have a huge sweet tooth and love experimenting with different dessert recipes. I have been waiting to try out a healthy oatmeal-banana muffin recipe I saw on pinterest (made with Greek yogurt and no flour). I think adding dates would be a great addition to this. I think I would also add them to my overnight oats an try some raw brownie bites.

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  122. Kate
    July 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I would definitely try the brownies. It had never occurred to me to mix dates with other ingredients like a sugar. Very cool.

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  123. Melody
    July 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I always buy dates for recipes and they never make it that long. I eat my dates just as they are. Lol but the milkshake looks divine!

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  124. Pua
    July 17, 2012 at 12:02 am (6 years ago)

    Yum-yum! I LOVE dates, always have – but never knew of all the health benefits – makes me LOVE them even more!!!

    Plus, I have to try your delicious recipes – I am inspired 🙂

    Thank you!

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  125. Kerry
    July 17, 2012 at 1:16 am (6 years ago)

    I have never liked dates growing up they reminded me of cock roaches but seeing dates feature highly in clean recipes so am starting to introduce them into my lifestyle. I love dark chocolate & often feel that need to finish a meal with a sweet bite so these brownie bites would be perfect! Also very curious over the banana bread 🙂

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  126. Mia A
    July 17, 2012 at 1:36 am (6 years ago)

    I love eating medjool dates as post-workout fuel!!

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  127. Brenda
    July 17, 2012 at 4:11 am (6 years ago)

    I have been printing recipes for the little raw bites for about a year, but haven’t taken the leap yet. So, if I was to win, I’d make the recipe with my daughter – introducing us both to a new food.

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  128. Melissa
    July 17, 2012 at 4:18 am (6 years ago)

    If I won I would make tons and tons of cookies and never let my husband eat a processed cookie ever again. He would probably divorce me!

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  129. Lisanne
    July 17, 2012 at 4:35 am (6 years ago)

    Medjool dates are my favorite! Great giveaway!

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  130. Emily
    July 17, 2012 at 4:37 am (6 years ago)

    I have never had them before so it would be amazing if I won. I am diabetic so these would be wonderful to start learning how to make yummy but healthy desserts. I want to really get myself into a healthier lifestyle so that my sweet baby girl will be raised in one and hopefully not have to face issues like diabetes and being overweight.

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  131. Kasey
    July 17, 2012 at 4:42 am (6 years ago)

    With the dates I would lose all the guilt I have for my ridiculous sweet tooth! I’ve been trying to find ways to satisfy it without feeling like I’ve ruined EVERYTHING! I love your blog, such an inspiration.

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  132. Rebecca Wright
    July 17, 2012 at 4:42 am (6 years ago)

    I would probably eat some, make a date puree out of some for smoothies & dips, and try out your Raw Brownie Bites for sure!

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  133. dana
    July 17, 2012 at 4:48 am (6 years ago)

    EAT ‘EM!!!!! nom nom nom!

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  134. Mag
    July 17, 2012 at 4:51 am (6 years ago)

    If I won I would make yummy snacks for myself and my two boys to have during the day. I love that they are getting into “health” food because it is offered regularly!

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  135. Malia
    July 17, 2012 at 4:54 am (6 years ago)

    Wow, the Browine Batter Milkshake looks awesome! A box full of dates would be a great birthday present 😉

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  136. Catie
    July 17, 2012 at 5:01 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to try and make the raw brownie bites. Brownies are a downfall of mine. Plus I have never tried dates before so this would be a great chance to see what they are all about!!

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  137. Priscilla
    July 17, 2012 at 5:12 am (6 years ago)

    Can’t wait to try! This looks absolutely delish!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  138. ASHLEY
    July 17, 2012 at 5:26 am (6 years ago)

    I would make several desserts with dates! Right now, I’m trying to start eating healthier so I’ve printed up several recipes for healthier sweets, which all call for dates. I can’t find any where I am from, so I’m having to use sugar or improvise at the last minute. I have been super unsuccessful. It’s not anything exciting, I just want to actually have healthier sweets!

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  139. Kara
    July 17, 2012 at 5:26 am (6 years ago)

    What a treat! And the giveaway is great too 🙂 If I were to win this giveaway I would use RFFMBT recipes to get my hubby to join me in the weightloss and healthy eating adventure that I am on. I know he loves dates and this might give him the incentive he needs to get back on track!

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  140. Danielle
    July 17, 2012 at 5:34 am (6 years ago)

    I would enjoy those dates on a date with my date 🙂 oh my…just kiddin! They sound Scrumptious to eat straight up but I think a raw brownie bite sounds perfect! I would have.to do both.

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  141. Kelly
    July 17, 2012 at 5:36 am (6 years ago)

    I have so many recipes for energy balls and raw desserts with dates but never tried them. I would love to get out the food processor and try them.

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  142. Catrina Lankenau
    July 17, 2012 at 5:37 am (6 years ago)

    I love dates, so the first thing I will use them for is snacking! I have never baked with them before if I won I would use them to make every healthy treat! Raw Bites, Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies, Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip, Healthy Vegan Banana Bread, Black Bean and Spinach Brownies etc etc! Love your website, I share it will all my friends!

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  143. Stephanie Kempton
    July 17, 2012 at 5:46 am (6 years ago)

    I like to put the dates in my food processor with a little water and make a spread. I top EVERYTHING with it. Bartlett pear slices with a little goat cheese and date spread = heavenly!

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  144. Sarah Kim
    July 17, 2012 at 5:57 am (6 years ago)

    I would like to enter!!
    Amazing dates haha

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  145. Leiah
    July 17, 2012 at 6:20 am (6 years ago)

    If I won I would definitely make that milkshake with the dates! The raw brownies also look so yummy. I’ve heard dates are really healthy so I’d love to try new recipes with them.

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  146. Rebecca
    July 17, 2012 at 6:31 am (6 years ago)

    If I won the date giveaway, I would definately make your black bean and spinach brownies! I have wanted to try black bean brownies for a while now and this would give me the perfect opportunity!

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  147. Erin
    July 17, 2012 at 6:40 am (6 years ago)

    If I won this giveaway, I would add dates to my salad or eat them straight. I would love to try the brownie bite recipe, too!

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  148. Elvia
    July 17, 2012 at 6:41 am (6 years ago)

    So I loooooove ice cream and crave it very often so I would experiment and make ice cream with these. I’m getting so excited just thinking about it. Even if I don’t win I’m still going to try it.

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  149. Barie
    July 17, 2012 at 6:44 am (6 years ago)

    I would definitely be making the raw brownie bites and the milkshake. Even better would be if I could get my bf to eat them too!

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  150. Jackie
    July 17, 2012 at 6:54 am (6 years ago)

    I just discovered dates recently through Larabars and I love that they are a healthy natural way to create great desserts. I would definitely make a brownie batter milkshake if I won!

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  151. Rachel S.
    July 17, 2012 at 7:02 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to snack on them, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a date. They sound delicious! Also, that brownie milk shake posted above looks amazing!!

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  152. Ruth M.
    July 17, 2012 at 7:02 am (6 years ago)

    This post has inspired me to give dates a try! I would definitely try your shake recipe, but I think I might use some dates in place of raisins in a coconut-oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie recipe that I love.

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  153. Brandi
    July 17, 2012 at 7:05 am (6 years ago)

    I have never had dates! We can’t find them in any nearby market and I have not had the chance to go and search for them yet! So, that in mind, I would make all of the delicious recipes requiring them, since I haven’t yet been able to!

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  154. Cait Orton
    July 17, 2012 at 7:12 am (6 years ago)

    If I won I would put them in EVERYTHING. Desserts, salads, in my pitas, smoothies, everything!

    Your raw brownie bites are taunting me this morning. They look so tasty!

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  155. Isabel
    July 17, 2012 at 7:20 am (6 years ago)

    No doubt about it, sticking to a weight loss or exercise program day after day can be tough. I have a sweet tooth and that has ALWAYS been my most difficult challenge!!I am trying to feed the “Sweet” hunger center of my brain the correct, healthy foods and the dates will be the perfect food to help me maintain my goals and my motivation for the healthy lifestyle change I am looking for.

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  156. kristi.e
    July 17, 2012 at 7:27 am (6 years ago)

    If I were to win, I’d make that Brownie Batter Milkshake!! My fave milkshake is chocolate banana and I’m good for anything with a healthier bite!
    LOVE your blog and I’m planning on implementing your rabbit food pyramid once I return from vacation. Can’t wait to see if I can maintain the new lifestyle!

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  157. CJ
    July 17, 2012 at 7:30 am (6 years ago)

    I would LOVE to try these out! I would definitely try this Raw Brownie Bites recipe – looks delicious.

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  158. Barefootcookingirl
    July 17, 2012 at 7:30 am (6 years ago)

    RFFMBT is such a wonderful site. So glad I found you!

    And these bites? How delish! I make these with walnuts, just like Chocolate Covered Katie does with her Fudge Babies! Glad the word is getting out on the delish treats!

    Thanks for such an inspirational site. Please keep the wonderful recipes coming! BCK

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  159. Caitlin
    July 17, 2012 at 7:32 am (6 years ago)

    I would use them to fashion a “sweet” bathing suit… Which I would look amazing in since I’ve been cooking up your recipes for weeks! <3 you – keep rocking out!

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  160. Kristin
    July 17, 2012 at 7:34 am (6 years ago)

    I would make those brownies for starters. What a perfect pick me up.

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  161. sunnshhiine
    July 17, 2012 at 7:41 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to win these!

    If I won, I would use some of them to first try those delicious-sounding recipes you have posted here.

    Then I would use them as a delightful snack when I’m craving something fruity and sweet, as well as a junk-food substitute. I’ve recently taken a vegan pledge, so I know how difficult it can be to find wonderful foods that fit that lifestyle!

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  162. Amanda Lantz
    July 17, 2012 at 7:42 am (6 years ago)

    My two favorite things to make with dates are a chocolate peanut butter tofudding pie with a date & nut crust and raw brownie bites which I made for myself the first time to sate a craving with no recipe! I introduced dates to my diet when I got rid of processed sugars in our house I’ve had a lot of success pleasing even Non-bunny food eaters with the results. Plus i have a sugar allergic friend who has requested the tofudding pie but I’ve been putting off making it for her because of our tight budget this month!

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  163. Sara
    July 17, 2012 at 7:45 am (6 years ago)

    I love to use dates in muffin recipes. They are so good! I also love bacon wrapped dates!

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  164. Jenni M.
    July 17, 2012 at 7:48 am (6 years ago)

    I love Medjool Dates. I currently purchase them at Sam’s on a regular bases. I use them to eat alone as a morning snack…mmm

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  165. lissie
    July 17, 2012 at 7:58 am (6 years ago)

    mmmm I love dates! I would probably make my version of a homemade coconut lara bar. So good!

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  166. Tessa
    July 17, 2012 at 7:58 am (6 years ago)

    I keep reading your recipes using dates and I want to try them all! I’ve never eaten a date in my life but after looking at the cookie dough, raw bites, and now these brownie bites, I know I need to pick some up!

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  167. erin turner
    July 17, 2012 at 8:05 am (6 years ago)

    Sounds delicious! If I won the giveaway, I’d pack date rolls for my snack and bake up some yummy treats!

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  168. Lena
    July 17, 2012 at 8:11 am (6 years ago)

    I would definitely make some more chocolate chickpea cookies to share with my gluten-free friends! Those things are delicious!

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  169. Brooke Ashleigh
    July 17, 2012 at 8:12 am (6 years ago)

    I would absolutely love to try your recipies. Even if I’m not lucky enough to win all these, I’ll really have to give them a try! The raw brownie bites and the milkshake sound delish! I am a sucker for sweets but ever since my diet, I haven’t really had anything sweet because I’m not sure what to do. I think I’d also try the chickpea cookie dough dip. Thanks for the ideas!

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  170. Debbie S
    July 17, 2012 at 8:15 am (6 years ago)

    I just bought the ingredients to make the chickpea chocolate chip cookies and am excited to try the dates. I want to also try the brownies and need more dates! My dad loves coconut so I would give him the coconut rolls.

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  171. Debany
    July 17, 2012 at 8:17 am (6 years ago)

    I really want to try and make the brownie bites then the chickpea cookies…they look great!

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  172. Mila
    July 17, 2012 at 8:22 am (6 years ago)

    I would use these to make cooking healthier and more fun. I love cooking and making desserts for church and family friends and would love to make it healthier with out their knowing! I love being sneaky! Also, I am on my way to losing wieght. I have lost 20 already and am always looking for more health conscience ways to improve my diet. These would be wonderful! Thank you.

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  173. Christine
    July 17, 2012 at 8:27 am (6 years ago)

    I haven’t had a date in forever, but now, that I’m on the rabbit food pyramid (2 weeks now along with my two girls)I’m thinking they would be great in making the classic thumbprint cookies. Any chance to sneak in super healthy things in the form of sweets will be a real hit!

    Thanks, it’s a great giveaway!!

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  174. Chasty
    July 17, 2012 at 8:32 am (6 years ago)

    I was unaware that dates were so nutritious!! I love love love them and I’ve always assumed because they are so sweet that they couldn’t be good for you. Since I have never cooked with dates, I would probably go on a healthy recipe google search and try every one I could find! I am soo happy to find you website! I’ve only been following you for a couple of weeks but now I have to log on every day to make sure I haven’t missed anything good!!

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  175. Kate S.
    July 17, 2012 at 8:35 am (6 years ago)

    I’d make them into brownie bites to give to my clients (I’m a social worker) to prove to them that healthy can and does taste great!!!

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  176. DJ
    July 17, 2012 at 8:44 am (6 years ago)

    Looks so yummy! Keep up the great work Catherine!

    I had a side question: What are your views about when you go out for drinking? Do you stick to certain drinks, don’t drink, or just eat healthy until you go out and just have fun when going out for a girls night?

    Thanks! Love your blog!

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  177. Carrie
    July 17, 2012 at 8:51 am (6 years ago)

    I love putting almond butter topped with a little bit of granola on my dates as a quick healthy snack! I hope I win 🙂

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  178. Amelia
    July 17, 2012 at 9:08 am (6 years ago)

    Oh wow! These little brownie bites will be the perfect cure to my sweet tooth without adding sugar and fat! I might add craisens to give them a sort of chocolate fruit combo. Love this blog!

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  179. Valerie
    July 17, 2012 at 9:09 am (6 years ago)

    If I won, I would experiment like crazy with dates! I especially want to try my oatmeal protein cookie recipie with the addition of dates–yumm! Or, maybe a date/orange/ginger chutney as a naturally sweet sauce to put over chicken or in stir fry! The opportunities to experiement are endless and exciting–all I need are the dates!

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  180. Jamie
    July 17, 2012 at 9:11 am (6 years ago)

    I was not offered dates growing up, but now learning how powerfully healthy these little morsels are I am offering the snack to my children to help maintain their health. If I won, my whole family would enjoy snacking on the dates alone or in recipes!

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  181. Jessica
    July 17, 2012 at 9:13 am (6 years ago)

    I would use the dates to win a bet with my husband, showing him you can have awesome dessert without refined sugar. When I win the bet he will have to clean the dishes for a week

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  182. Julia Gigliotti
    July 17, 2012 at 9:18 am (6 years ago)

    I am a big sweets person. I try my hardest to keep myself in check and eat healthy but sometimes the cravings get the best of me. I could eat something sweet for every meal and these dates sound like a great way to substitute my sugar addiction for something a bit more healthy 🙂

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  183. Elizabeth
    July 17, 2012 at 9:26 am (6 years ago)

    I prefer to eat my dates raw. It’s like a piece of caramel candy!

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  184. Irene
    July 17, 2012 at 9:36 am (6 years ago)

    If I won – I would probably have to refrain from eating the dates by themselves. But I really want to make some protein/energy bites like these raw brownie bites. Even if I don’t win I need to buy some dates because I really want to try this recipe!

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  185. Lilly Acuna
    July 17, 2012 at 9:45 am (6 years ago)

    Love your site! I would make a date with my dad, and make some of your delicious recipes, in hopes to get him back on the road to health with the wonder working power of the date!

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  186. Katelyn
    July 17, 2012 at 9:48 am (6 years ago)

    YUM. I would eat all of them! Obviously?

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  187. Lauren
    July 17, 2012 at 10:06 am (6 years ago)

    I would make some desserts! My vitamix recipe book came with several recipes that call for medjool dates.

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  188. Kim
    July 17, 2012 at 10:09 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve never had dates! I’d imagine they would be tasty and would love to give them a try 🙂

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  189. Brooke
    July 17, 2012 at 10:09 am (6 years ago)

    I would make date peanut butter bars that would taste exactly like peanut butter cookies (so basically a homemade Lara bar — delicious, easy, and with fewer ingredients than I have fingers.)

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  190. Kat
    July 17, 2012 at 10:10 am (6 years ago)

    I would use them to makes these delicious recipes! Nom Nom..

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  191. Amanda
    July 17, 2012 at 10:18 am (6 years ago)

    These sounds so delish!!! I would definitely use them to make these cookie dough bites! Plus I’ve seen many other recipies that call for them and have never been able to find them! PS- LOVE your blog. I have told many people about it, even my brother who has lost 8 lbs since he started incorporating your recipies into his diet two weeks ago!!!

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  192. Megan
    July 17, 2012 at 10:22 am (6 years ago)

    I hope I win! I’ve never won anything! 🙂 I would take them to work and snack on them. I’m a baker by trade so I have an awful big sweet tooth! I’m hoping to transform my taste buds to like healthier sweet stuff so I can lose the 70 pounds I’m trying to get off! I have severe back problems and need to get this weight off pronto!

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  193. Anne
    July 17, 2012 at 10:23 am (6 years ago)

    Oh, man, I eat dates plain and delicious all the time. But I’ve heard you can make some really cool vegan chocolate mousse type stuff!

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  194. Mariah
    July 17, 2012 at 10:36 am (6 years ago)

    I absolutely love dates! Any fruit in general are my favorite go-to snacks! My friend goes to school at Bard and has told me about this brand and their products so when I saw that you were teaming with them for this giveaway I almost cried! Please pick me, I will not let one little date go to waste 🙂

    ps- you’re raw brownie recipe sounds delish! Can’t wait to try it out!

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  195. Amanda N.
    July 17, 2012 at 10:37 am (6 years ago)

    I would loovvvee some dates to make a crust for some RAW-some fruit tarts! 🙂

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  196. Jennie George
    July 17, 2012 at 10:52 am (6 years ago)

    If I won the dates I’d totally have to try the shake! I read through the benefits of the dates and I’m interested to see that they are low to medium on the Glycemic Index. My Uncle Marty recently found out that he is a diabetic and is having a hard time finding new healthier food to eat. Sweets are his downfall. I’m planning on finding some for him to try this week!

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  197. Megan
    July 17, 2012 at 11:09 am (6 years ago)

    I would just eat them plain! And use a package to make those brownie bites. They sound so yummy.

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  198. Barbara
    July 17, 2012 at 11:10 am (6 years ago)

    I would stuff them with blue cheese and serve them at a party!

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  199. Tiffany K.
    July 17, 2012 at 11:45 am (6 years ago)

    Yum! I have been wanting to try this raw jumble berry upside down cake and the shortbread calls for date!

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  200. Danielle
    July 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Everything looks so good on here and uses such fabulous ingredients! What great and chocolatey recipes 🙂

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  201. Danita
    July 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm (6 years ago)

    What would I do with the dates? Well that’s a silly question – I’d make raw brownie bites, of course!!!

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  202. Ashley
    July 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I would finally get to try a medjool date because I cannot get them where I live!!!!!!! Alas, I have searched high and low, but they are nowhere to be found!

    I would try as many date recipes from your blog that I possibly could and use them to cater what might be the worlds first DATE PARTY! Wahoo! Dates for everyone; and I mean the food, I unfortunately am not a good match maker.

    Seriously though… I would throw a date party with a host of your recipes. Pictures would be provided as proof. Perhaps I could even get my food blogger friend Ginger Snapped to give food styling advice!

    What do you think?

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  203. Stacie Jones
    July 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I just started my skinny bunny cleanse, but after I am finished I will definitely be trying these recipes!

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  204. Chelsea
    July 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never eaten a date before! But I’d love to try something new! Those brownie bites look like the perfect sweet and healthy snack I’ve been after! They’d definitely be first on my list to try!

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  205. kate
    July 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm (6 years ago)

    i can’t wait to make chickpea cookie dough dip!!

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  206. liz
    July 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make the brownie bites!!! Yumm. Thanks!

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  207. Jennifer
    July 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm (6 years ago)

    I love dates!! Xoxo

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  208. Melissa
    July 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm (6 years ago)

    One of my favorite uses for dates is in charoset. It’s one of the components of the seder plate for Passover, so I really only eat it once a year, but I love it so much so I often contemplate making it just for kicks. My family has always made a version that doesn’t include dates, but last year I experimented with my friends and included dates and it blew my mind.

    I also love just eating dates. I think of them as the sugar fruit. But they’re healthy!

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  209. Lindsay
    July 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm (6 years ago)

    Dates stuffed with Gorgonzola!!! Pop them in the oven for a few min to melt the cheese, and they are perfect! A little fiber with a little protein!!

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  210. Ann-Hamilton
    July 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm (6 years ago)

    This is my first comment on RFFMBT! I just discovered this blog recently and I’ve really enjoyed looking at all your different recipes. I love baking and I’m really eager to try these raw brownie bites! Thanks for making healthy eating look like so much fun. 🙂

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  211. Rebecca
    July 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm (6 years ago)

    I love dates i make homemade lara bars with them and my daughter and i eat them by the package!

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  212. Sarah
    July 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Eat them plain and simple, then maybe with yogurt :]

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  213. Jana
    July 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Me n those dates will be having a date with the brownie batter milkshake!!!!!!!

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  214. Christin
    July 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make homemade lara bars – adding cashews or peanuts plus some chocolate chips. I would also make date nut bars with an oatmeal topping.

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  215. Haley
    July 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make some bars (with most of the dates).. Dates and cashews in the food processor. YUM!…. the remaining dates? Eat ’em up! Nature’s candy =)

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  216. Meagan
    July 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm (6 years ago)

    I would try not to eat them all right out of the package! I love mixing them with chick peas and dark chocolate chips for a cookie batter 🙂

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  217. jesse
    July 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I would try them for the first time.

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  218. Megan Wendell
    July 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win these dates. I picked some up at the store last week and they are pretty pricey. I have never had dates, that I know of, but I don’t want to use them because then I would have to buy more! Hope I win! 🙂

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  219. Jess
    July 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Hmmm, if I won I believe I would have to have a date night 🙂 Spend the night in with my favorite man-friend and taste test a bunch of fantastic recipes centered around…well…dates. I have to say I have never had a date, although somehow I can imagine what they taste like-quite excited! I used to be an ex-vegan (thinking about joining the team again), due to lack of resources in college went back to eating meat, then developed Hypothyroidism (figuring that out now)…so I’d love a chance to win something to help me get my body back on the healthy track. I generally eat well but every little bit helps. I’m 5’8″ and 250, used to be 120…working hard on figuring out my body again and what I needs to get back to a healthy weight. Dates could be a helping hand 🙂

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  220. Jennifer
    July 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm (6 years ago)

    Yumm-o just let me wipe the Medjool off my face before I enter…

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  221. amy
    July 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm (6 years ago)

    YUM! i love medjool dates. Pistachio one’s sound interesting. As I LOVE all your smoothie recipes I would definitely try the Brownie Batter Milkshake.

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  222. Bri
    July 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm (6 years ago)

    My first ever response! I love your blog and find it very inspiring to read about someone who has gone through the same struggles as me–we have a very similar weight loss experience and I’ve been working on practicing a plant based diet for about two months now.

    As for using the dates, well to be honest I don’t know that I’ve ever had them before! I’m not much of a baker, but I am a huge fan of chocolate so I’ve been trying to find healthier dessert recipes that are simple enough for me to make. I would try making your Black Bean & Spinach Brownies first, but these brownie bites sound pretty amazing too..

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  223. CoachLauraH
    July 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm (6 years ago)

    I would eat them 🙂 Of course I would share them with my two 8 year old boys as well. I love introducing them to new healthy foods.

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  224. Katie
    July 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm (6 years ago)

    I would looooove to try those raw brownie bites and the brownie batter smoothie! I’m always looking for healthy ways to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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  225. Yvonne
    July 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm (6 years ago)

    Dates are sooooo yummy! If I won the date giveaway I would make date banana bread. I would also mix them with some nuts and granola and make a trail mix for my bike rides.

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  226. Belinda Starck
    July 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I would create a theme for them! As you quoted, “The King of Fruits”, I would make some sort of theme…like a “royal” tea party! And I would use the medjool dates in every recipe I would make for the tea party. You said that you use them in your raw brownie bites, so why not have those!? Or your healthy vegan banana bread?! And I would figure out how to use the medjool dates in other little “healthy” tea cake inspired ideas. I think it’s great that you’ve come this far and you really are an inspiration to me! I can’t wait to see what you have next!

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  227. Alethea
    July 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d try these brownie bites & make homemade “Lara” bars. I tried to make your recipe with some dates I had & flaxseeds instead of sunflower seeds…didn’t work, so now I must try again 🙂

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  228. katie
    July 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm (6 years ago)

    a date! what’s a date? i never get asked out on those, let alone eat them. after reading this blog post i will definitely buy some medjool dates and try making the brownie bites and smoothie! 🙂

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  229. Molly
    July 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm (6 years ago)

    Love dates! If I won I would gobble them down for my afternoon snack!

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  230. Karen Brightwell
    July 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm (6 years ago)

    I am new to this way of eating, vegetarian, vegan…learning and loving my new choices! While I’ve never eaten a date I would love to try them. If I won I would make your receipes and try them out and share them with my kids and grandkids! I already have my son doing green smoothies every morning! My son who as a child would not eat anything green. I used to find peas smeared on his jeans….and green beans in the plants and in cabinets……lol..he just refused to eat vegetables. Today he had spinach, kale, carrots, strawberries and mangoes in a smoothie!

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  231. Clo
    July 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Oooh I would use the dates to sweeten my applesauce and to make a raw crust with almonds and coconut oil for a chocolate blueberry pie. Yum! What a lovely giveaway.

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  232. bekah
    July 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm (6 years ago)

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE date shakes! Couple of dates with a frozen banana, unsweetened almond milk, a scoop of peanut or almond butter and protein powder if desired!! So GOOD! Best way to spruce up a boring shake 🙂

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  233. Megan
    July 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Awesome giveaway! I’d use my dates to make the brownie bites and the shake! And the chickpea cookies, yum! 🙂

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  234. Stephanie
    July 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won these dates and date treats, I’d be SOO happy!! I would make some Campfire Kisses and Brownie Bites for my upcoming camping trip!!! What a great snack to have on hand when hanging by the fire watching everyone else eat SMORES!!!

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  235. Amanda Galvan
    July 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never tried dates before! But I love larabars, so I would try to make the banana bread larabars. They’re my favorite!

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  236. Misty
    July 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I never knew dates could be so good until I made the raw bites. I love them! I’d definitely make more of those and try these brownie bites.

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  237. Courtney
    July 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to make the chick pea cookie dough dip with the dates!

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  238. Jenn B.
    July 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, I think if I won, I would never have to go to Starbucks to get my chocolate fix. I would just make your brownie shake recipe and just think…no guilt because it’s actually good for you! I would use dates in everything I possibly could. I’m always looking for healthier ways to eat and I’m trying to go vegan in a carnivore household. 🙂

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  239. Vitamin K
    July 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm (6 years ago)

    “…Vitamin B6, Niacin, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin K.” Oh, well given these nutritional facts, I think, I’d buy some of this, as I truly love sweets. 🙂

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  240. Reina
    July 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm (6 years ago)

    Date are SO versatile! From desserts to home made “rabbit” bars (my husband works out of state often and would love to be fully stocked with my “rabbit” bars) as well as other yummy treats! I love showing my 2 young children that healthy, clean eating can taste AMAZING!

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  241. Kalli
    July 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm (6 years ago)

    As a newcomer to healthy cooking, date lover, and avid RFFMBT reader, I would use the dates to promote bunny food in my dorm to help girls like me avoid the freshman (and sophomore) 15 that I succumbed to. I would use your recipes and some of my own to teach the girls that healthy food CAN be very, very yummy!

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  242. Gabby
    July 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m in my third week of healthy eating and I am missing sweets, so this is perfect timing! I’d love to make the brownie bites ASAP!

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  243. Sandy peach
    July 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm (6 years ago)

    I want to eat healthier…want to try those healthy snacks! Thank you for hosting the giveaway!!

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  244. Lizzie
    July 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm (6 years ago)

    I would absolutely make those raw brownie bites — delicious!!

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  245. Sara P.
    July 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make date, coconut, almond butter energy bars to take hiking with me!

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  246. Alexis
    July 18, 2012 at 4:04 am (6 years ago)

    i would definitely make a sweet/savory dish like chicken, tomatoes, peppers, and onions with lots of spices and medjool dates to give a sweetness :)… serve over rice, delish!

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  247. Louise
    July 18, 2012 at 4:32 am (6 years ago)

    I’m so excited for the new blender I got for our wedding – the idea of blending them up with bananas sounds delicious. Thanks for the chance to try them out!! Good luck everyone 🙂

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  248. Danielle
    July 18, 2012 at 5:54 am (6 years ago)

    OMG! this is great! I love using dates as a natural sweetener! I CANNOT wait to make these raw brownie bites! I also love this because i can make it for my gluten free mother. Thanks!!! 🙂

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  249. Kellie C.
    July 18, 2012 at 6:20 am (6 years ago)

    Greetings from Michigan!

    Dates….. what in the heck do those taste like?? I’ve tried a lot of interesting food in my life, but the one thing I can honestly say I’ve never tried, and it’s such a simple food with so many benefits!

    So, for someone who has never tried dates what would I do with my dates. Well eat them of course! I’m excited to try them natural and rolled up with some coconut (my fave), the pistachio or almond. But, it also sounds like it would be great added into a Michigan salad with cherries and blueberries (which we are known for), so walnuts and maybe some blue cheese??? Who knows until I can try it 🙂

    Recently, I’ve really committed myself to eating natural foods. Being new to the blog world, I was so excited to find your site and have access to information that will meet my goals. Thanks!

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  250. Victoria
    July 18, 2012 at 7:14 am (6 years ago)

    I became a vegetarian about a year ago and this past year has been an amazing food journey. Originally I became a vegetarian to help eliminate processed foods from my diet. Makes no sense right, well, it has become something more meaningful and I have now ventured in to reducing refined sugars. Problems is, I have a sweet tooth. One of my favorite recipes is zucchini bread, but it is loaded with sugar. I use organic cane sugars and such, but I would really love to explore a way to make this recipe with dates =)

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  251. Liz
    July 18, 2012 at 7:53 am (6 years ago)

    I always thought dates looked like dead bugs. But they’re really tasty and a great alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners, so I’m getting over that. I’m looking forward to completely eliminating added artificial and processed sweeteners from my diet and using dates as a substitute!

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  252. Jordan
    July 18, 2012 at 8:17 am (6 years ago)

    Since I had my son 9 months ago I have been really trying to have healthy eating habits not only for myself but for him as well. If I won I would make the delicious recipes you’ve shared and my son LOVES date and butternut sqush purée with a dash of nutmeg!

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  253. Karen R.
    July 18, 2012 at 8:23 am (6 years ago)

    I absolutely love to cook with dates becaues they are a healthy way to make things sweet! I love the idea of using them to make brownies because I love sweets! I have had friends bring dates to me from Saudi Arabia so I would love to try these.

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  254. Leslie
    July 18, 2012 at 8:55 am (6 years ago)

    I would probably spend the next few days making every recipe you have that uses medjool dates!! I’ve tried just about every other recipe, and loved them all! I’m pretty sure I’ve been to every super market within 150 miles of here and I cant find those dates anywhere. 🙁 Love your blog, keep up the good work!

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  255. Karen
    July 18, 2012 at 8:59 am (6 years ago)

    If I won, I would eat them all up (in healthy moderation of course)! I am not a fan of dates, just because of how they look, but these look delicious! AND I am so going to make that brownie shake tomorrow evening as my dessert – I am on the skinny bunny 5 day cleanse right now so I can’t stray from the righteous path of eating!

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  256. Melissa Osorio Rivas
    July 18, 2012 at 9:43 am (6 years ago)

    I would use the dates to try out the recipe listed (black bean and spinach brownies). I used to make green shakes with fruit and spinach in them, you couldn’t taste the spinach at all so I’m curious to see what these brownies taste like.

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  257. Cori H
    July 18, 2012 at 10:03 am (6 years ago)

    If I won I would love to try your brownie recipe and milkshake. They look and sound delicious. I am looking for new healthy treats to have around the kitchen too.

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  258. Maia
    July 18, 2012 at 10:25 am (6 years ago)

    If I won I would make the Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies first then the banana bread. My 6yr old loves cookies so why not let her endulge with a healthier cookie.

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  259. Biota
    July 18, 2012 at 10:36 am (6 years ago)

    If I won, I would love to try out your brownie bites recipe! Reading your blog has sold me on medjool dates! I’ve only had dried dates, and they weren’t particularly satisfying.

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  260. Sage
    July 18, 2012 at 11:47 am (6 years ago)

    Ive never had dates but would love to try them:) I found this website on pinterest and instantly fell in love I’m only 13 and I’m try to eat healthy so it would mean the world if I won this.:) I would also use the dates to make that yummy brownie shake, sounds good:) “Raw Brownie Bites + Natural Delights Medjool Dates Giveaway”

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  261. Marta
    July 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm (6 years ago)

    Hey there, if I won the dates I would make up a dates funky happy dance and then I would love to try to make spinach bean brownies. Since my rabbit teeth crave sugar I have been really trying to look for healthy recipies. Thank you for such an awesome blog I have been enjoying all the good info that you have.

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  262. Brandy
    July 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm (6 years ago)

    Love Dates! I would put them in oatmeal and smoothies!

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  263. Dessica
    July 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm (6 years ago)

    i would make some pecan pie “Larabars”!!

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  264. Salena
    July 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won the first thing I’d do is pack a few up in a care package along with a recipe and send them to my son who goes to school on the east coas! After that I’d make a date shake! I haven’t had a *date* in a while and I’m so excited to include them in my healthier ways of eating! Meanwhile, I’m also in the LA area. Any recommendations for a store that sells dates or more specifically, Natural Delights products?

    Thanks and Luck to All!
    Salena

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  265. Skye
    July 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I would use them in place of sugar, too! I’ve been trying to cut down my sugar intake. But I still like sweet things every now and then, but artificial/’natural’ sweeteners make me sick 🙁

    The first time I had a date was when I broke a fast I was doing for a charity. I’ve been in love ever since 🙂

    I can’t wait to try your raw brownie bites recipe!

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  266. Debbie
    July 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won, it would give me a chance to change my perception of dates. Probably start with the recipes you shared!

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  267. Lexie
    July 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to use these in oatmeal! The raw brownie bites look delicious, so I would definitely have to try those out too 🙂

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  268. Claire Frisk
    July 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm (6 years ago)

    As someone who is newly vegan, but also a dessert addict, I tend to struggle with finding foods that are healthy, but still yummy. My mom once bought the coconut delight rolls, and I loved them! Sadly, living a very corporate, buissnes man like city, the closest place to get them is about an hour away. 🙁 If I won these treats, I would definitely try and make some tasty raw brownies. Would finally be something I can feel good about noshing on! (although your recipes make me feel pretty good too). Much bunny love!

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  269. Haley k
    July 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm (6 years ago)

    Omg I’d make so many lara bars!!!

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  270. Jackie H.
    July 19, 2012 at 9:20 am (6 years ago)

    I would def try making the brownie bites (i’m addicted to anything brownie like hehe) and i’d try to get my sister into them (she’s expecting my future niece or nephew in february :-D)

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  271. Niki
    July 19, 2012 at 10:16 am (6 years ago)

    I would bring them to work with me to keep me at bay from the evils of the vending machine in the lunchroom! My sweet tooth always gets the better of me… darn Twix candy bars 😛

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  272. Kailey
    July 19, 2012 at 10:30 am (6 years ago)

    I would make Chef AJ’s mint chocolate torte!! =)

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  273. Clare
    July 19, 2012 at 10:45 am (6 years ago)

    If I won I would use the dates to aid in my weight loss seeing as I too have a sweet tooth problem. As well as use them to replace refined sugar in snacks and treats I make for my 3 year old daughter who I want to grow up healthy without constantly worrying about her weight as I have done for the past 27 years. I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog because I really needed some inspiration! 🙂

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  274. Meagan
    July 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never had medjool dates! I would probably just snack right out of the box 🙂

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  275. Jessica
    July 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm (6 years ago)

    I looove dates! I would make a date/almond crust for a chocolate avocado torte.

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  276. Stephanie
    July 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I would make more chocolate chip chickpea cookies!! I’m obsessed with them and so are all of my friends (even the not-so-health conscious ones) 🙂

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  277. Tara Sulo
    July 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I would use all of these recipes and more if I won and share them with my whole family!!

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  278. Jacquelyn Dyer
    July 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Since I make pretty much all of the recipes you post, I would definitley make the brownie bites and milkshake as well as add them to my oatmeal. I love making new yummy things for my daughter and I to try!

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  279. Maria G
    July 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm (6 years ago)

    I would definitely use them to make raw brownies along with almonds, cacao powder, lucuma, and goji berries. Also, nothing wrong with slicing one open and stuffing it with almond butter! 🙂

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  280. Alicia Tyler
    July 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve lost 93 lbs and I’m always looking for ways to live a healthier and happier life. I also use dates to make healthier desserts in my kitchen. One of my favorites is banana, chocolate, nut squares. I take a banana, walnuts, and Medjool dates and process until you get a paste. Spread into a backing dish lined with plastic wrap. Then process another banana, raw cacao, raw honey, and freshly ground almond butter. Pour over the first layer. Then top with slivered almonds. Freeze for 2 hours, cut into squares, and serve. Yum! Looking forward to trying some of your date recipes!!

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  281. jola
    July 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm (6 years ago)

    So many options! Id for sure try out some of your recipes, that is if I didn’t eat them all first!

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  282. silvia
    July 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm (6 years ago)

    Date, oatmeal, chia and honey smoothie!

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  283. Heidi
    July 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love them for a healthy snack on the go!

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  284. JenD83
    July 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm (6 years ago)

    I looooove to make my homemade Larabars. I use dates, almonds, cashews, a scoopful of peanut butter and a hefty sprinkle of cinnamon. These would come in handy for making them, as we go through them like crazy. I make 2 batches a week!

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  285. Pattie
    July 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I would really like to try these recipes to find something healthier to snack on.. I’m a SERIOUSLY picky eater so anything new to try and add to the list of foods that are better for me is a huge plus! These sound amazing!

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  286. Daisy Cross
    July 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm (6 years ago)

    Two words: Date Bread. It’s the same consistency as a zucchini bread or banana bread. The dates are paired with cardamom in the Iraqi Cookbook. So good.

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  287. Maria
    July 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won, I’d eat them alone as a snack or chopped up & mixed in with my daily Greek yogurt!

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  288. Kim Alonso
    July 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm (6 years ago)

    I am a 30 something mommy of 4 trying desperately to get my body back an have just started eating plant based food to stoke the fires of my healthier lifestyle! Im also on a mission to get my kids to eat healthier as well! With the Medjool Dates I plan to prove to my hubby and kiddos that plant based foods are yummy too!

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  289. Mindy Guthrie
    July 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to try these coconut rolls!! I love most things with chocolate and coconut 🙂 I would have to try the raw brownie bites and a few of the other amazing sweet treats you have posted. I love your blog and it inspires me to eat much healthier while still enjoying my food and not feeling as though I am missing anything. Your recent posts on healthy snacks and eatin while on rpad trips came at the perfect time as we traveled over 3,000 miles for our summer vacation and I was able to still eat well.
    Thanks for sharing your journey and information.

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  290. Kelly
    July 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm (6 years ago)

    Love Dates!! They are the best. Theses sound like a terrific snack to always have on hand.

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  291. Chandler
    July 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never tried dates before…but if you can make them into brownies I’M DOWN. I’d love to have these as a less guilty way to satisfy my humongo sweet tooth.

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  292. Alyssa
    July 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm (6 years ago)

    If I won the Medjool dates, I would continue my quest to eat clean and get healthy! I have just begun seriously counting my calories and making smart food choices and these dates would fit into my new lifestyle PERFECTLY! Thanks for the giveaway! Wish me luck! :)))

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  293. Brandi
    July 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm (6 years ago)

    If gifted a delightful collection of dates i would try this and many other recipes and share them with my freinds 🙂

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  294. Keshia
    July 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm (6 years ago)

    If I was given the Medjool Dates, I believe my cravings for sweets would be eliminated as you can do so much with these magical little things to help satisfy those sweet cravings with something much more nutritionally sound for you!

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  295. domestic diva
    July 22, 2012 at 8:10 am (6 years ago)

    I would eat them just as they come. I LOVE dates.

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  296. Rebecca
    July 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm (6 years ago)

    Mmm i love Medjool Dates, i would definetly sweeten my breakfasts, smoothies, and baked goods with them!

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  297. Julia
    July 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm (6 years ago)

    After the chickpea cookie recipe and this recipe, you’ve officially made me a medjool date fiend! These were sooo good! They tasted better than brownies! I didn’t get that nauseating, sugar crash feeling after having them :o)

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    • Catherine
      July 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm (6 years ago)

      Aww that’s fantastic Julia! So happy you loved them! xo

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  298. Jasmine
    July 30, 2012 at 8:51 am (6 years ago)

    I would really like to try these but I’m allergic to all nuts. Is there something that I could substitute for the walnuts?

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    • Catherine
      July 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Jasmine! Oh no! I have not tried making the Raw Brownie Bites without nuts, but you could try replacing the walnuts with all sunflower seeds! I’m not sure if the texture/consistency would change, but let me know if you give it a try! xo

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      • Jasmine
        July 31, 2012 at 8:02 am (6 years ago)

        Thanks Catherine, I’m going to try it with all sunflower seeds or maybe even pumpkin seeds. The trouble now will be finding ones that don’t say “May Contain nuts” Maybe oats would work?

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  299. Karen
    August 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! I just made the brownie bites. They are delicious!!! There’s one problem though, they can be addicting!! These are going to be my new favorite after school snack for my kids, and me! 🙂

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  300. Christine
    August 21, 2012 at 10:47 am (6 years ago)

    YUUUUUUMMYYY!!!! i’ve totally been craving these for days and I just made them this morning! I didn’t have any sunflower seeds, so i subbed with almonds and I didn’t have enough walnuts so i used about 1/4 C walnuts and 1/4 C peanuts. Plus my fair trade cacoa powder 😀 and 1 T coconut haha I love rffmbt! Thanks for yet another deeelicious recipe! (and thank Chef AJ for me too!)

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  301. Jenna
    August 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm (6 years ago)

    The Raw Brownie Bites were actually delicious! I even tried to make them into smaller circles so that it would seem like I had more than 12 (I wanted them to last longer!). I really didn’t expect them to taste so good and it’s nice to have a snack that you can have for the week rather than finish them within the day.

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    • Catherine
      August 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm (6 years ago)

      Hahaha great idea Jenna! Endless healthy brownie bites!

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  302. halle
    January 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm (6 years ago)

    i miss this blog. 🙁
    please come back.
    🙂

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  303. Angeli - Help For Fitness
    February 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for your awesome recipe!

    Looks amazing! I tried the brownie bites but instead of cacao i tried using protein powder and it worked.. I used this protein powder: http://helpforfitness.com.au/products/100-gold-whey-protein

    I would recommend it. I will try out your other recipes.

    Thanks again

    Angeli – Help For Fitness

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    • Catherine
      February 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm (6 years ago)

      That’s awesome Angeli! I didn’t even think of trying protein powder!

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  304. Misty
    June 19, 2013 at 10:50 am (5 years ago)

    This is such a blessing. Well wishes to all entering. I could SO use these to refuel on volunteer days. Perfect purse packs ;)-

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  305. Jill
    June 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm (5 years ago)

    I have used medjool dates in several recipes but never just had them to snack on. I think I would make the brownie bites, the brownie batter shake, and then snack on the rest like candy!

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  306. Jill
    June 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm (5 years ago)

    I have used medjool dates in several recipes but never just had them to snack on. I think I would make the brownie bites, the brownie batter shake, and then snack on the rest like candy! And maybe my kids would eat them too?!

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  307. Veronica
    July 19, 2013 at 11:53 am (5 years ago)

    As a vegan, I use dates in everything! It’s great for raw desserts and snacks (stuffed with almonds and other nuts), but my favorite is a date and banana soy milkshake with cinnamon! Mmm

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  308. Rosie
    May 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm (4 years ago)

    boy oh boy, am I dreaming?! the first thing I would do is have some plain, I sooo love medjool dates! Then I also make no-bake energy bars with dates, nut butters, seeds, hemp hearts, sometimes add in bits of chocolate or other dried fruits. I like to make them into squares rather than balls. I haven’t yet tried using these dates for smoothies, but I’ve turned into a smoothie fan and would like to make some with medjool dates! I like stuffing them with peanut butter and adding an almond and rolling them in coconut.

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  309. Bipasha
    February 5, 2018 at 1:19 pm (10 months ago)

    I made these today and they are so yummy I could eat the whole batch at a go! well not really, but you get the drift 😉 Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

    hugs from Sunny District!
    https://sunnydistrict.blog/

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