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    Dates: too much sugar?

    I came across this raw recipe for a brownie type of dessert, simply by grinding walnuts, dates and cocoa powder in a food processor. That's it. Let me tell you, it's friggen delicious. I think it's even better than a normal chocolate cake or brownie. I know the walnuts and cocoa powder are healthy but I'm concerned about the high sugar content from the dates. Basically I'm asking if I should worry about a high sugar consumption from fruits...
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    The recipe btw!

    480 grams dates, chopped
    2/3 cup cocoa powder
    300 grams walnuts

    Grind the walnuts and cocoa powder in the food processor until it's a crumb-like texture, then add the dates and pulse until the texture is cakey and lumps up.
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    Depends on the type of date you used, they can vary in cals from 25-65 depending on the type. Some dates have actually had sugar added to them. The carbs for that many dates (an average) is 311 grams (for the whole thing), 1320 cals, 2.9 g fat, 11.5 protein.

    I love these kinds of bars, LaraBar makes natural bars like this that have only a few ingredients ground together. However, they are lower in protein and higher in carbs than I like. I bet you could replace some of the cocoa with chocolate protein powder, or just add the powder to it as well. These are really good if you toast the walnuts first before grinding, mmm.I haven't looked at the carbs, but dried figs may work as well, they are also chewy but maybe less sugar. LaraBar makes a banana bread one that is awesome, I want to try to make a higher protein/lower carb version.
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    Well with my nutrition program, for a serving of this recipe with some vanilla extract thrown in, I get this:

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    Energy | 204.7 kcal 13%
    Protein | 3.8 g 4%
    Carbs | 25.8 g 14%
    Fiber | 4.1 g 16%
    Fat | 12.2 g 28%
    Water | 7.0 g 0%

    Vitamins (4%)
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    Vitamin A | 45.2 IU 2%
    Folate | 22.5 g 6%
    B1 (Thiamine) | 0.1 mg 7%
    B2 (Riboflavin) | 0.1 mg 5%
    B3 (Niacin) | 0.7 mg 5%
    B5 (Pantothenic Acid)| 0.3 mg 7%
    B6 (Pyridoxine) | 0.2 mg 13%
    B12 (Cyanocobalamin) | 0.0 g 0%
    Vitamin C | 0.2 mg 0%
    Vitamin D | 0.0 IU 0%
    Vitamin E | 0.1 mg 1%
    Vitamin K | 1.3 g 1%

    Minerals (17%)
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    Calcium | 38.9 mg 4%
    Copper | 0.5 mg 56%
    Iron | 1.3 mg 7%
    Magnesium | 59.0 mg 19%
    Manganese | 0.8 mg 46%
    Phosphorus | 103.0 mg 15%
    Potassium | 358.7 mg 8%
    Selenium | 1.5 g 3%
    Sodium | 3.7 mg 0%
    Zinc | 0.9 mg 11%

    Lipids (42%)
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    Saturated | 1.6 g 8%
    Omega-3 | 1.6 g 144%
    Omega-6 | 6.7 g 61%
    Cholesterol | 0.0 mg 0%


    It doesn't list it but it says 20 grams of sugar for this serving.


    I know this is a typical amount for a banana let's say, but I tend to eat a lot of fruit and I wonder if it's a problem. Has anyone noticed fat loss is hindered by excess fruit sugar consumption?
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    Originally Posted by 11 View Post
    I came across this raw recipe for a brownie type of dessert, simply by grinding walnuts, dates and cocoa powder in a food processor. That's it. Let me tell you, it's friggen delicious. I think it's even better than a normal chocolate cake or brownie. I know the walnuts and cocoa powder are healthy but I'm concerned about the high sugar content from the dates. Basically I'm asking if I should worry about a high sugar consumption from fruits...
    wheres the recipe?????
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    damyhealth.com/2011/03/how-to-make-homemade-lara-bars/[/url]

    I am excited to try these!
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    Have you ever tried spinach/carrot brownies?
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