Datemond Candy

I have been working feverishly with my publisher to get my recipe book on shelves.  In doing so, I have neglected to post my latest recipes.  Thus, please forgive me.  Here is one from last week.

Datemond Candy by Chef Joi

The Perfect Candy, Snack or Appetizer

This treat is so easy and quick to prepare.  Not only do they taste great, but they also provide a host of nutritional benefits to the
body.  First dates are an excellent source of Vitamin A and antioxidant flavonoids.  Eating dates helps to protect the body from several types of cancer including lung, oral, colon, prostate, breast and pancreatic.  A handful of almonds provide the recommended amounts of minerals, vitamins and protein which means that almonds protect the body against many diseases and cancers.  Coconut is filled with potassium among other healthful things.  And cinnamon has the highest anti-oxidant
strength of all the natural food sources.  So you can enjoy these little nuggets of goodness and know that you are
doing your body right.

Dates

Almonds

Coconut, shredded

Cinnamon

Remove the pit from the dates.  If the date is rather small, push one almond into one end.  Try to work the almond to
the center of the date.  If the date is large, push an almond in on either side.  With a sharp knife, cut the almond stuffed date in half.  Dip the cut end in coconut and then cinnamon.

Option: If you would like to serve the dates whole, then wet the dates with water prior to stuffing them or don;t if they are already sticky.  Then roll the dates in a mixture of coconut and cinnamon.

These travelwell in a snack bags or containers since they do not need refrigeration.  However, I would advise consuming them the same day you prepare them.  Almonds can go rancid if not stored in a cool place.  I actually keep mine in the freezer.

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