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21 Date Recipes for Breaking Ramadan's Fast

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The first full day of fasting for Ramadan this year is June 6, and the last will be July 5, 2016. Between those days, the millions of people observing the holiday will abstain from food and drink from the meal before dawn (suhoor) to the meal after dusk (iftar).

Because it's recorded in the hadith, a collection of Mohammed's words, actions, and habits, that he always broke the fast with dates and water, Muslims around the world follow this tradition, start iftar in the same way.

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Whether you're celebrating Ramadan, hosting or participating in iftar, or just a fan of gooey, caramelly dates (one of the earliest cultivated crops!) here are 21 ways to eat them:

Moroccan-Spiced Chicken with Dates and Shallots
Moroccan-Spiced Chicken with Dates and Shallots

This recipe calls for brandy, but you can replace it with unsweetened apple cider, apple cider, or white grape juice (or even chicken stock or water).

Zucchini Bread with Dates and Hazelnuts
Zucchini Bread with Dates and Hazelnuts
Morning Date Smoothie
Morning Date Smoothie
Vanilla Date Pudding
Vanilla Date Pudding

Skip the vanilla-rum cream.

Tahini Mousse Pie
Tahini Mousse Pie

This creamy pie is drizzle with date syrup a.k.a. silan.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Bars
Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Bars
Fragrant Oranges with Ice Cream, Almonds, and Dates
Fragrant Oranges with Ice Cream, Almonds, and Dates
Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese-Stuffed Dates
Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese-Stuffed Dates

You can even skip the salad and head straight for the broiled, cheese-stuffed dates.

Vegan Morning Glory Muffins
Vegan Morning Glory Muffins
Date, Apricot, and Walnut Loaf Cake
Date, Apricot, and Walnut Loaf Cake
Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates
Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates
Chocolate-Date Cake Topped with Roasted Banana Ice Cream
Chocolate-Date Cake Topped with Roasted Banana Ice Cream
Apricot, Date, and Cashew Snack Balls
Apricot, Date, and Cashew Snack Balls
No-Bake Toasted Coconut, Date, and Nut Bars
No-Bake Toasted Coconut, Date, and Nut Bars
Teff Porridge with Pecans, Dates, and Honey
Teff Porridge with Pecans, Dates, and Honey
Tahini Date Shake
Tahini Date Shake
Vegan Date Nut Bread
Vegan Date Nut Bread
Raw, Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake
Raw, Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake
Muesli with Lemon and Dates
Muesli with Lemon and Dates
Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Dates, and Almonds

Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Dates, and Almonds by Amanda Hesser

Toasted Almond and Coconut Quinoa Porridge

Toasted Almond and Coconut Quinoa Porridge by Gena Hamshaw


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