A Low-Fat, Low-Starch Cake
of Healthy Date Nutrients
Lebanon Date Palm Trees
Date fruits are a produce of our land as well as of the region, extending to North Africa and the Arabian Gulf.
Our regional Palm trees produce the date fruits, unlike the tropical ones that produce coconuts.
While our Cedars grow in our highest mountains, our olive trees in the plains and hills, and our Pine Trees extend from the mountains and mounts to the coasts, our Palm Trees grow by the coasts where the weather is more clement all year long.
You can see them even along main roads and highways in many parts of Lebanon, specially in the North and the South, but also in some parts of our Capital.
Lebanese Date Fruit: A Culture of Energy Booster
Dates are very popular during the month of Ramadan when our communities of the Islamic faith fast from dawn to sunset. It is mostly with dates and Laban that they break their fast.
This tradition ensued from the health power-pack that the dates provide, specifically the boost of energy and strength.
Culturally, our Christian communities do add dates to their diet during Lent, for the same reason, yet it is not as traditionally enforced as with the Islamic communities during Ramadan.
Nationwide, date fruits are consumed at maturity, raw or stuffed with almonds. They are also part of several pastries, cookies and desserts of our cuisine.
Among these delicious treats, I could cite our so famous Maamoul with date, the Date Cake with its different variations, date with marzipan, and date paste rolled in balls around a walnut or almond and coated with sesame seeds.
The Low Fat Recipe of Date & Apple Cake
Made with Brown Flour for extra fibers and less fat, this Date Cake has 8 g Fats only and 27 g Starch in 1 piece.
It is sweetened enough to make it delicious and light, with just 190 calories/piece to call it a dessert.
Part of the dates are incorporated in the dough in a creamy form, which we bring about by soaking the fruits for few minutes and mashing them. At the last stage of the preparation, we add more dates cut in pieces and the cut apple.
This Date & Apple Cake is very delicious when consumed as is or with Vanilla Ice-Cream.
Date Health Benefits
I cannot possibly pass this recipe without citing the health benefits of the dates because of their significance.
Enjoy it! Life is Good!