Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Natural Delights Medjool Dates Review {and a Giveaway - CAN only}

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Almond Date Rolls, Regular Medjool Dates and Coconut Date Rolls

One of our favourite things to snack on is dates.  For us, dates are not just for breaking our fast during Ramadan, they are a everyday treat!  I like to have one when I'm craving something sweet.  Medjool have always been our favourite type to eat.  So I was very excited when I was sent some of Natural Delights Medjool Dates to try.  We have eaten Medjool dates before but when we ate our first sample of Natural Delights Medjool Dates there was no question that these were the BEST Medjool Dates we've ever had!  They were very fresh and sweet.  They were not dried out at all and had the perfect texture.

I was surprised to learn that Natural Delights also made Date Rolls.  The date rolls come in almond, pistachio and coconut.  They were very tasty and we were surprised that each variety only had 2 ingredients!  They really tasted like there must be more ingredients in them but were happy it was so simple.

Pistachio Date Rolls

Almond was definitely our favourite!  These made the perfect post workout snack.  Medjool Dates have a low/medium glycemic index which means you aren't going to get a sugar rush followed by a sugar crash!

Photo courtesy of Natural Delights

Natural Delights Medjool Dates are grown in the Lower Colorado River Valley in the United States.  They are grown without pesticides or preservatives and contain no sulphites.  In addition they are kosher, gluten-free, sodium-free, fat-free and cholesterol free!  They are high in potassium and manganese and are a source of fibre and energy.

Dates are not just for snacking.  I love to use dates in baking such as in my Oatmeal Date Muffins and Orange, Date and Walnut Muffins.  They are also the perfect sweetener in this Mango Date Green Monster.  Dates were wonderful in some Low Fat Oatmeal Date Bars as well.  With the Natural Delights Medjool Dates I made these amazing Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites (recipe coming soon!).


I always get Hasan to taste test everything and give me his opinion.  At first he was hesitant and asked what it was. I said "Chocolate!" and he was all ready to take a bite. He loved them and Bilal came running for a try as well!  These taste best chilled.  I rolled them in icing sugar but you could also use cocoa powder, chopped nuts or coconut.

To assist in your baking Natural Delights has some great tips for you:

  • 5 to 6 Medjool Dates is approximately 1/2 cup of chopped dates
  • Place dates in freezer for an hour to make them easier to chop or slice
  • If you will be using them in a food processor, rinse dates under very cold water to make chopping and cleaning up easier (I used this tip in making the above energy bites!)
  • If you have dry dates, place them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes to plump them up
Now for the giveaway!  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a coupon for 1 box of Natural Delights Medjool Dates.

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Disclosure: I received free samples from Natural Delights Medjool Dates.  All opinions are my own.

17 comments:

  1. Usually we just eat them plain but I love your idea of rolling them in cocoa powder!

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  2. I tweeted about the giveaway but I couldn't copy the url!

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  3. I love them in my Bran Muffin recipe. So much better than raisins

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  4. FINALLY a Canadian Giveaway lolll thanks :))

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  5. FINALLY a giveaway for Canadians.......and what a sweet treat it is......thanks :)

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  6. Apart from eating dates as a quick snack I love to make date cake and date smoothie.

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  7. We always have a box of dates in our refrigerator for a quick snack. I also love to make date cake and date smoothie.

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  8. I have never tried them before,,I would make some yummy date squares,,hmmm!!

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  9. Those rolls look delicious! I've only eaten dates plain, but I've seen them served as rolls at friends homes. I need to just roll my sleeves up and get experimenting with dates :)

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    1. I had never heard of them before this review. They really taste like there must be more involved but they only had 2 ingredients!

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  10. They would get eaten as they are by my daughter. But I would also make date squares.

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  11. I would use them in baking - I have seen often in GF baking

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  12. I've never cooked with them before. I just love them plain. So good.

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  13. Bought these on Friday and they truly are the best dates! Definitely want to try making the energy bites...they look delish!

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  14. I haven't used them in the kitchen but I am looking forward to it :)

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