In February, I was presented with the rare treat of teaching not only one, but two, cooking classes at Whole Foods.
As part of their Engine 2 Diet, 28-Day Challenge, each week there were sponsored workshops and cooking demos to support the (often) newly plant-strong participants, and I was lucky enough to not only teach a lunch-focused class (that I still like to think of as The Smart Kitchen Sandwich Shop) but also my very first class focused on desserts.
The Engine 2 Diet–and the Whole Foods Health Starts Here program that evolved from its tenants–call for avoiding processed sweeteners or any refined oils, and while you and I all know that sugar and oil do not
always a dessert make, I wanted to get a bit more creative in my dessert delicacies than simply fancified fruit or whipped tofu mousse.
More on those in later days, because today I want to focus on something that anyone who has ever proclaimed love for raw tarts or Larabars knows all too well (and Miss Smart wishes she got more of ):
Did you know that when you soak dates–much like when you soak cashews or pistachios–magic can happen?
They might look like little poo*—
*And I don’t mean of the Winnie variety.
(Let’s be honest, it’s really just Carob Sauce. Unless you considering the lack of patience that led me to dunk strawberries directly in the food processor bowl–in front of my class–an appropriate fondue form.)
It also forms the base of one of the best treats I have ever made.*
*And the clear star of the show at my class.
Dearest date paste, I don’t know where you’ve been–
–but I sure am happy you are here with me now.
Any post that references poo* and pee in glowing forms of eatable adoration deserves a Strange But Good nod, no?
*Not my first time in the toilet.
Make sure to check in with Laura today to see who else has joined the potty! [Errr--I mean...party.]