I thought I would use this post to address a few questions that I am asked every week.
What are Medjool Dates?
Medjool dates are a sweet and delicious one seeded fruit. The are famous for their carmelly taste and soft texture.
Where do I find them?
You will find them in the fresh produce section often near the berries. I am based in Australia and I have always used and bought Natural Delights Medjool Dates. These hand pitted dates come in a variety of convenient packages and varieties. They are readily available in Coles Supermarkets and various fruit and vegetable stores.
What is the difference between Medjool Dates and dried packaged dates?
I thought google put this one into words better than I can –
Medjool dates are a fresh fruit. Most people think of dates as a dried fruit because they’re thinking of the dates you buy in the baking aisle. Medjool dates are actually harvested from the date palm, cleaned, sorted and packaged right away. There’s no processing and they’re never physically or chemically dried.
I hope this helps! If you haven’t tried them you must, on their own or in recipes they are one of natures finest treats. Enjoy. x
Quick and Easy Lemon Cheesecake
- 1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter*
- 10 Natural Delights Medjool Dates, seeds removed
- zest of one lemon
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 8 tablespoons cashew butter
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons coconut cream
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup**
- 1 tablespoon honey**
- zest two lemons
- juice 1 1/2 lemons
- Line a square 18cm tin with baking paper hanging over the sides for easy removal.
- Place the base ingredients into your processor and blend at high speed until the mixture is completely broken down and resembles a fine, sticky crumb. Press the mixture firmly into your prepared tin and set aside.
- Place the top ingredients into your processor and blend until smooth and well combined. Pour the mixture over your base and level the top. Place in the fridge or freezer to set and to store.
- Slice. Serve. Eat and enjoy!
*cashew butter is readily available, however if you would like to make your own the very simple recipe is here.
**you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.
I created this recipe for the wonderful people from Natural Delights. I am incredibly grateful to have them support the work that I love to do. If you are wanting more Medjool Date recipes be sure to check out their website.