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03 June 2016

Sunnah Recipes: Dates

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Struggling to keep up our strength is a feeling we know all too well during this blessed month. The Prophet (saw) showed us that there are ways to deal with the internal battle between our hearts craving Allah (swt) and our stomachs craving sustenance - simply eating the right foods. Prophet Muhammad (saw) avoided such fatigue by eating foods that are high in energy with proven individual healing qualities. Using the foods that the Prophet (saw) enjoyed eating, we've compiled a number of different delicious recipes and treats to try out this Ramadan.


Dates are the most mentioned fruit in the Qur’an. They are high in energy, fibre, iron, vitamins and minerals. The Prophet (saw) said: 'The home with no dates is like the home with no food' (Muslim). Although the fruit is tasty enough to be enjoyed on its own, try mixing it up with one of these recipes:

Chocolate Covered Dates

This Sunnah recipe is a chocolate-covered date. What makes these homemade candies unique is the intensity of semi-sweet chocolate combined with the melt-in-your-mouth sweet medjool dates. The stuffed almonds and Pistachios inside each date and the little almond-pistachio garnish add crunch and texture while balancing the sweetness.


24 medjool datesunsalted roasted almonds2 bars of milk chocolate (500G)2 bars of white chocolate (500G)Pistachios


  1. Cut a slit in each date and remove the pit. Press in an almond or pistachio (any note you choose) in place of the pit. Enclose the dates to completely cover the almonds and set aside in a bowl or tray.
  2. Place the white and dark chocolate in two heat-safe bowl bowls and microwave them until they have melted.
  3. Drop the dates, one at a time, into the melted chocolate and roll gently to coat the dates. Remove with a spoon or use a toothpick and carefully set on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Once the chocolate-covered dates are assembled on the tray, sprinkle each lightly with the mixture of crushed almonds and pistachios.
  5. Chill in the freezer for about 1 hour or until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy!

Date, Pistachio and Coconut Breakfast Bars

Medjool dates lend a soft, fudgy flavour to these fruit and nut bars. The great news is they will last the whole of Ramadan as they can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.

Makes: 10 servings


250g medjool dates, pitted
80g shelled pistachios
25g rolled oats
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp water
60g desiccated coconut


1. Blitz the dates in a food processor until they have formed a rough paste. Add the shelled pistachios, oats, honey, water and around half of the desiccated coconut. Blend again until thoroughly mixed. 

2. Tip the mix out of the blender on to your work surface and roll it into a rectangle about 2cm thick. Cut the rectangle into 10 equal bars.

3. Put the remaining desiccated coconut into a tub or plate, then roll the bars around in it one at a time until they have all been evenly coated with coconut.

Date and Banana Cake with Caramel Icing

Makes: 8-10 servings


250g caster sugar

4 eggs

250g rapeseed oil

3 ripe bananas

1tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp cinnamon

250g plain flour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

200g dates, pitted and roughly chopped

For the icing

120g butter

2tbsp milk

220g demerara sugar

160g icing sugar

70g dates, roughly chopped

50g flaked almonds


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Blitz the caster sugar, eggs, oil, ripe bananas, vanilla and cinnamon with either a hand blender or food processor to produce a light batter.

2. Sieve together the flour, bicarb and salt. Then add it to the batter, along with the chopped dates. Beat the mix really well, until there are no visible lumps.

3. Pour the cake mix into a lined 30cm- square tin and bake for 45-60 minute, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

4. Remove the cake from the oven and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, make the icing. Bring the butter, milk and sugar to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.

5. Take the pan off the heat, allow to cool a little, then beat in the icing sugar. Add a splash of milk if the mixture is too thick- it needs to be just pourable. Pour the icing on to the cake immediately and spread evenly. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped dates and flaked almonds and put in a cool place so that the icing sets. Slice and serve.

Besides the immense health benefits outlined above our greatest rewards really lie in following the Sunnah. Allah said to His Messenger (saw): 'Say (to mankind), if you love Allah, follow me – Allah will love you and forgive your sins' (Qur’an 3:31).

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