As a family, we are starting a Daniel Fast tomorrow for the next 3 weeks. Our church is entering into a season of fasting and praying during the month of February as we seek God’s will for our new pastor. If you’ve never done a Daniel Fast, it’s a partial fast where you don’t eat any sweets, meats, bread or any processed food or drink.
This is a great website for anyone wanting to learn about the Daniel Fast. The point is first to pray, the second is to sacrifice certain “choice” or favorite foods while seeking to draw closer to the Lord. It has always been a powerful time for us as a couple and individually when we have committed an extended time to prayer.
When we’ve done a Daniel Fast in the past, I’ve made this date honey. Dates are allowed on the Daniel Fast and they are packed with a punch of sweetness. Dates are great to have on hand while on the Daniel Fast. It’s so easy to be tempted to eat things that we shouldn’t while on the fast, so we keep these handy to snack on as they pretty much curb any desire for sweets after eating them. Sometimes, we split in half a date, remove the pit and add some natural almond or peanut butter. It’s really good and keeps the sweet tooth at bay. However, it would be expected to experience some times of cravings and temptations during a fast. The best thing to do (instead of running to a box of dates), is to pray. Remember the reason why you have committed to a time of sacrifice and pray.
Dates are packed full of nutritional value. It has magnesium, iron, copper, fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and manganese. It would be worth eating a couple of these dates every day just for the health benefits! Date Honey is something I’ve used even outside of the fast. I use it as a sweetener when making bread and as a spread over bread.
I’ll leave you with this verse of the week as you contemplate date honey’s nutritional benefits. It has nothing to do with dates, but it is a verse I have been contemplating lately. Philippians 2:3-4; “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of others.”
- 1 lb Medjool Dates
- 2 cups water (plus more, if needed)
- Remove the pits from dates and place all the dates in a medium saucepan. Pour the water over the dates. There should be enough water to cover the dates.
- Cook the dates in water on medium high heat until the water is boiling. Turn the heat lower and simmer for about 40-50 minutes. Stir the dates every 10 minutes to make sure it's not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add more water if necessary to maintain enough moisture.
- Once the dates have broken down to a thick, chunky sauce, remove from heat. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Pour into a food processor and blend for 20 seconds or until the mixture is smooth. Cool before serving.