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This recipe comes from dietitian Jennifer Motl, who says: ”It tastes sweet, but has no added sugar. All the sweetness comes from dates, which are rich in potassium and magnesium. Walnuts are the only nut that contains heart-healthy omega-3 fats. This dip tastes great with lightly salted pretzels or used as a sandwich filling with sliced bananas. It also transforms a bowl of plain oatmeal into a treat.”
- 1 ½ cups pitted dates
- 1 ½ cups walnuts
- hot water
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place dates and walnuts in a large, heat-safe bowl. Boil some water and add just enough to cover the dates and walnuts. Let soak for 30 minutes. Then drain but reserve the soaking liquid in a separate bowl.
- Add dates, nuts, cocoa and vanilla to a blender plus ¾ cup soaking liquid. Blend at top speed until smooth, adding ¼- to ½-cup more soaking liquid if needed.
- When it’s done, the dip should be the consistency of apple sauce. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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