How To Sweeten Your Food With Raisins Instead Of Dates

Dates are the go-to option in a lot of health food recipes because they provide a delicious, natural way to sweeten dishes. But dates are not the only way. The humble raisin can do the same job, and it’s often a cheaper choice, too. (Not to mention, raisins are way easier to find.)

Laura Fuentes
A bowl of raisin paste waiting to sweeten something up.

I first tried raisin sauce when I was fortunate enough to eat breakfast at Kripalu, a renowned yoga center in the Berkshires. Everything served at the buffet-style meal was nutrient-rich and delicious, but the most memorable part of the experience was the oatmeal…

Just One Bite of this Vegan Chocolate Caramel Bar Will Make You Feel Divine

Vegan Chocolate Caramel Bar
Image via Minimalist Baker

Golden gooey caramel is encased in rich layers of dark chocolate, combining to create the perfect dessert. With only five ingredients, this dairy-free vegan chocolate caramel bar couldn’t be any easier to make!

This chocolate recipe uses our vegan caramel sauce for its sweet and chewy center. The key ingredient in vegan caramel is Medjool dates. Medjool dates are not only naturally sweet but also have the perfect gooey texture for making caramel.

Chocolate Caramel Bar Nutrition

Medjool dates are also an ingredient you won’t feel guilty about eating. Medjool dates are an excellent source of many minerals and vitamins. Particularly, they are rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin K, vitamin A, and zinc. Dates are also a great source of fiber which will help sustain you and prevent blood sugar levels from rising.

The dark chocolate in this recipe is also healthy, especially…

4 Ways to Upgrade Your Stuffed Sweet Potato


There are lots of reasons to love sweet potatoes: These orange-hued spuds are packed with potassium, iron, and bone-building calcium. One medium-sized sweet potato boasts 37% of your daily value of vitamin C, 16% of your daily value of hunger-busting fiber, and a whopping 438% of your daily value of vitamin A (a white potato, on the other hand, only delivers 1%). Sweet potatoes also have zero fat, just 105 calories per serving, and can be used in a variety of different dishes, from sweet potato casserole to sweet potato egg nests to sweet potato pudding. What’s not to love?

One of our all-time favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes is to stuff them. And although you could go the traditional route and fill your spud with cheese and bacon, we came up with creative new topping ideas that use better-for-you ingredients like fresh herbs and veggies. Each of these recipes below tops 2 to 4 potatoes. To cook the sweet potato, pierce with a fork and bake at 400ºF for 45 minutes.

Salted Caramel Crunch Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

You’ll need: Sweet potato, pitted dates, a pinch of salt, and unsweetened coconut

Blend 10 pitted dates…