- prep 10 min cook 15 min
- serves 4
In this dip, dates are cooked until smooth and pulpy with apple and aromatic spices to create a dip to serve with fruit and vegetable pieces. Alternatively, use this as an unusual topping for toast, scones or sweet crostini made with fruit bread.
- 3 green cardamom pods
- 1 large green apple, peeled and roughly chopped
- 3⁄4 cup (140 g) roughly chopped pitted dried dates
- 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 7/8 cup water
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
Crudités, such as wedges of red and green apples, carrot, celery and cucumber sticks, wedges of pineapple, seed-less grapes and slices of carambola (star fruit)
How to make it
Date, Apple and Orange Dip: Omit the ricotta and instead beat in the grated zest and juice of 1 large orange. Pile into a bowl and serve surrounded with wedges of apple and pear, and sticks of celery and carrot.
Cardamom seeds can be sold separately but the flavor is better if you buy the pods and crush them to release the seeds.
Ricotta is a soft Italian cheese made from the whey drained off when making cheeses such as mozzarella. It has a high moisture content, which makes it lower in calories and fat than many other soft, creamy cheeses.
In common with all cheeses, ricotta is a good source of calcium and it contains vitamins A and D. Less of these vitamins are present in low-fat cheeses such as ricotta – vitamin D is fat-soluble, so the less fat in the cheese, the less vitamin D – but the amounts are still useful.
The apple and dried dates provide useful amounts of fiber.
Both cinnamon and cardamom can help to relieve indigestion. Also, cinnamon acts as a nasal decongestant.
Nutritional Information(per serving)
- Calories: 205
- Fat: 7g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Sodium: 129mg
- Carbs: 29g
- Protein: 7g
- Fiber: 4g