When I was a kid I HATED dates, and just couldn’t understand how anyone could enjoy them. My palate hadn’t grown enough to appreciate the unique carmel-like flavor or the rich, “meaty” texture. These days, I love them. They are great alone or added to sweet or savory dishes that require a touch of sweet. The complex flavor coupled with the benefits of a fruit high in fiber and phytonutrients, make dates a great sugar alternative. Date butter makes it easy to add the flavor of dates to your dishes and this recipe is delicious and simple.