Dates are one of my favorite sweet snacks to keep at my apartment for when I get the urge to eat sugar. But besides being an excellent snack / dessert (I like them most stuffed with goat cheese or feta), they are wonderful sugar replacements in many raw desserts. I use them in every pie ‘crust’ I make, so I can use less sweetener in the actual filling. You can mold the crust into slightly greased (coconut oil) mini tart pans, mini muffin pans (fill and remove before refrigerating), or you can go rustic and mold little tart shells with your own hands! :)
- 10-11 dates, pitted (roughly two cups)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in your Vitamix or food processor. Pulse until the fruit and seeds are in tiny chunks. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.