From organic maple syrup to Palmyra Jaggery, the quest for sugar alternatives has been one of 2015’s hottest healthy food stories.
Countless food and wellbeing bloggers, such as Deliciously Ella and Madeleine Shaw, have championed the trend, finding canny ways to sweeten everything from breakfast bowls to desserts using more wholesome ingredients.
Dates are at the forefront, and not only come with a sticky, caramel-tasting consistency, but a whole load of health benefits, too.
A great source of fibre, they’re the perfect ingredient to kick-start your digestive system in the morning, they’re packed with 10% of your daily protein requirement so will keep you fuller for longer, and they contain potassium, essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure.
If you’ve never been a fan of tucking into them whole (us neither), browse our recipe edit below of tasty (healthy) treats, from post-gym energy bites to raw, vegan and gluten-free cakes, breakfast oats to peanut butter cookies.