Eating Disorder Healing Snack: Dates, Peanut and Chocolate Bars



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“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”  

~B.K.S. Iyengar

Dear Readers,


“Apart from the delightful flavor, Dates are incredibly healthy and confer a tremendous amount of health benefits on your body. They are a rich source of healthy fiber, minerals, and vitamins and can help relieve painful constipation, diarrhea, and other intestinal complaints.”

Health Focus

I am happy to share with you a great recipe from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION), ‘Dates Peanut and Chocolate Bars’. I am a big fan of ION and their courses. Their short courses have really helped me to gain better understanding of nutrition paying a vital role in healing from Eating Disorders. This is a great filling, protein snack choice to have in recovery. I’ve tried this and this formed part of my recovery meal plan at home. I’ve also had great reviews from people in recovery.


“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”

 ~William Shakespeare




Dates are from the House of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). We all know about amazing health benefits of incorporating this super healthy super digestive friendly food in recovery.  Dates contain soluble fibers, which is essential for good digestive health because it draws water into the digestive tract. This helps relieve constipation. The potassium found in dates is a great treatment for upset stomachs and diarrhea.  Dates also strengthen good bacteria in the stomach. Nuts are great in recovery and peanut butter is a great filling food. This snack will keep you filled for longer.


I love this as a bed time snack. I find it so filling and so satisfying. After having this, I don’t feel cravings for other sugary snacks and drinks. 

15 year in Recovery- CAMHS

 Dates, Peanut and Chocolate Bars



Makes: 10 small bars or 20 bites


Pack of Mejool Dates (use a pack which has between 10-12 dates)

50g peanut butter (we used Meridian)

5g peanuts

60g chocolate (we used 74% cocoa dark chocolate and half Moo dairy free chocolate)


flower-bulletRemove the date stones and chop the dates before processing them with the peanut butter. Spoon the mix into a small baking dish so that it looks like a small cake. Cover with the peanuts and then cut into portions.

flower-bulletBreak the chocolate into squares and either melt it gradually over a pan of simmering water, or cook on high in the microwave one minute at a time, stirring in between each minute.

flower-bulletGently use a couple of spoons to dunk the bars in the chocolate so that they are covered. Place on a cake rack to set. Can be kept in the freezer- in fact, even better if eaten straight from the freezer….

Recipe Taken From ION 2015 Newsletter


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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

1 Comment

  1. Assalamualaikum, I would like to ask if someone has candida or yeast overgrowth can he or she still eating dates ? I really like dates but someone who is suffers with this disease can not eat fruits that are too sweet like dates .

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