Dates, popularly called ‘Dabino’ in the northern part of nigeria are packed full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, folates and minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium can be found in dates. They are also a good source of energy and fibre. Dates are naturally sweet because they have a high level of fructose which is a fruit sugar. Because of this sweetness, it can be chopped into cereals, smoothies and baked goods as a replacement for sugar.
Now, sugar is never a healthy option for your baby and kids , so using fruits is a healthier option and dates is one of them. Honey is another healthy substitute for sugar but it should not be given or added to baby’s food until after one year of age. Dates on the other hand can be used for babies between 7 to 8 months of age.
Making dates into a paste or puree makes it easier to use especially for babies. To make a very smooth paste, you have to use a very good blender or food processor, otherwise it won’t blend well.
Dates is not only good for babies and kids but for you Mums and Dads too.
How to Make Date/Dabino Puree
DIRECTION: 1.get the quantity of dates you want to use.
2. Wash thoroughly and soak in water for hours or overnight (i soak overnight)
3. Sieve out of water anf deseed ( i deseed before soaking)
4. Pour deseeded dates in a blender with water (sane water u soaked it with. Also u add water according to how tick you prefer it)
5. Blend on high speed.
6. Pour in an air tight container and store in the fridge.( i store in the deep frezer so that when there no light the block still keeps it fresh).
MY HOMEMADE DATE PUREE
Very simple to make. Stored cold and use for cereals, pap, oat, smoothie etc for your little ones.
Hausa call dates Dabino, what do you call date in your language? Please share it in the comment and i will updates this post