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Caramel Fudge Squares

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Caramel Fudge Squares

 

Dates are a wondrous food for their health benefits, taste and versatility. Truly nature’s candy, dates are an incredible snack alone or with other fruit, celery or cucumber sticks. They are also fantastic additions to smoothies, desserts, trail mix, cereal, as a sweetener in salad dressings, chopped into salads, and more.

 

The Health Benefits of Dates

 

Dates are an ideal food for improved energy and brain function. They are a good source of vitamin A & B-complex and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium. Dates are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years by athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina.

 

Dates contain anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties which make it an excellent food for those who suffer with chronic infections and auto-immune disorders. They also help to control heart rate and blood pressure which offers protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases. Dates contain an easily digestible fiber that has been found to help prevent colon, prostate, lung, endometrial, breast, and pancreatic cancers. They are also known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, relieve constipation, improve anemia, and prevent macular degeneration.

 

Caramel Fudge Squares

 

Today’s recipe is a perfect example of just how delicious and versatile these little bites of sweetness can be. With just four simple ingredients, these Caramel Fudge Squares are surprisingly delicious. Keep them in your fridge for a sweet treat that is ready to eat anytime. It’s the perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth with a creamy, cold dessert that will hit the spot every time.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups dates

1/4 cup tahini

1 inch piece of vanilla bean

1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients until a large smooth ball is formed.

 

  1. Line a brownie pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper and press fudge batter out until smooth and even. Cover and place in freezer for 2 hours or overnight.

 

  1. To serve, remove from freezer, cut into squares and sprinkle with sea salt. Best served cold and stored in the freezer.

 

Please share with family and friends.  If you have any questions or concerns please call us.

 

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Vanilla Bean

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Vanilla beans are a highly prized medicinal fruit of the vanilla planifolia orchid and have several health promoting properties. Vanilla has a calming effect on the nervous system and is an effective treatment for anxiety and stress. The aroma of vanilla beans alone has been shown to increase feelings of relaxation and happiness. One of the major medicinal compounds in vanilla beans is called vanillin which in small doses is known to greatly aid digestion, decrease headaches, and provide relief for an upset stomach. Vanilla beans contain trace minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, and iron. They also contain anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties and are particularly beneficial for fatigue, gas, muscle and joint pain, neck and back pain, nausea, swelling, and gas. Vanilla bean works exceptionally well in smoothies, tea, and baked goods. It can also create a healing and soothing bath that can help relieve respiratory conditions, alleviate the symptoms of the cold or flu, and help to calm and ease the body, mind, and spirit. Each vanilla bean contains over 25,000 flavor-packed seeds. To open, simply slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and run the knife along the bean to scrape out the seeds, only a very small amount is needed for delicious flavor and therapeutic benefits. Vanilla extract can be used topically as a natural astringent to help cleanse the skin and diminish any blemishes. Vanilla beans, pure vanilla extract, and pure vanilla powder can be found online or at your local grocery and health food store.

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