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Delicious Raw Date and Nut Bites

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These raw food bites make a wonderful snack and a healthy natural alternative to processed chocolate or other refined sugar-filled treats. Not only are they easy to make, they are also cheaper than similar raw organic bars available to buy.

The main ingredient in these nibbles is dates, which are one of the best natural sources of sugar available, replenishing energy and revitalizing the body naturally. Dates are packed with a huge list of nutrients, including iron, potassium, vitamin B-complex and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Dates also provide a good source of dietary fiber which promotes digestive health by cleaning out the gut, creating bulk and working as a laxative.

  • These delicious bites also contain a variety of nuts including coconut and almonds, which provide an excellent source of proteins and essential oils in abundance, as well as selenium and Vitamin E.

    The raw cacao powder is optional, but it adds a delicious chocolaty flavor to the snacks and unlike processed chocolate, cacao is a natural and raw product, full of antioxidants.

    The recipe below is made using just dates and nuts, but you can experiment with the flavors to suit you personal tastes by adding ingredients like cinnamon, orange rind or fresh mint.

    Ingredients

    1 cup almonds and cashew nuts (or other nuts of your choice, e.g. walnuts, pecans, pistachios)

    2 cup dried dates, pitted

    1 cup shredded (desiccated) coconut

    1 tbsp raw cacao powder

    1 tsp vanilla extract

    Additional extras: ground cinnamon, freshly grated orange rind, fresh mint leaves.

    Preparation

    Place the nuts in a bowl and cover with water. Allow the nuts to soak overnight. Drain them the next morning and set aside.
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    If the dates are very hard, add 1-2 tbsp boiling water to them, cover and let them stand for 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, add the nuts to a food processor and pulse until they are chopped but not too finely. Add the coconut, cacao powder, vanilla and other optional ingredients, and pulse until well mixed.
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    Add the dates, a few at a time, pulsing until well mixed. This may take a while ? up to 5 minutes or so; occasionally stop and scrape sides of processor to push the mixture toward the blades.

    When the mixture has come together to form a firm dough, remove it from food processor.
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    Place the mixture onto a clean piece of plastic wrap. Form the mixture into a firm log, compressing it to make a very dense log.
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    Wrap with the plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least two hours, or overnight to firm it up, before slicing it.

    These bites will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Enjoy!
    datebite5Source : http://www.healthymuslim.com/articles/ogzeq-delicious-raw-date-and-nut-bites.cfm

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    The Night of nisf (mid) Shaban

    imagesThe Night of nisf (mid) Shaban

    Various Islamic scholars have recommended special worshiping during the night of 15th of Shaban. This is based on the saying (Hadith) of prophet Muhammad , the meaning of which is that during the night of 15th of Shaban, Allah will say “is there any person repenting so that I forgive him, and any person seeking provision so that I provide for him, and any person with distress so that I relieve him, and so on until dawn.” reported by Ibn Majah.

    This is the night occurring between 14th and 15th day of Shaban. Traditions of Prophet Muhammad , show that it is a meritorious night in which the people of the earth are attended by special Divine Mercy.

    On the Night of 15th Shaban, after Maghrib or Isha prayer it is traditional practice to read Surah Yasin and make special supplications for good health, protection from calamities and increased Iman.

    According to tradition this night has special blessings that are directed towards the faithful. Therefore, as much as possible, this night should be spent in worship and total submission to Allah Almighty. Also, fasting is recommended on the day immediately following this Night, i.e. the 15th day of Shaban.
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  • O Allah, Tireless Owner of Bounty. O Owner of Sublimity, Honor, Power, and Blessings.
    There is no Allah except You, the Supporter of refugees and Neighbor of those who seek nearness, Protector of the fearful.
    O Allah, if you have written in Your Book that I be abject, deprived, banished, and Ungenerous,
    then erase O Allah, through Your bounty,
    my misery, deprivation, banishment, and stinginess
    and establish me with You as happy, provided with blessings,
    for surely You have said-and Your Word is True-
    in Your Revealed Book on the tongue of Your Messenger,
    “Allah blots out or confirms what He pleases, and with Him is the Mother of Books.” (13:39)
    My God, by the Great Manifestation of the Night of the middle of the Noble Month of Sha’ban
    “in which every affair of wisdom is made distinct and authorized,”(44:4)
    remove from us calamities-those we know and those we do not know,
    and Thou knows best-for surely You are the Most Mighty, the Most Generous.
    May Allah bless Muhammad and his Family and Companions.
    Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds –
    – See more at: http://www.islamicity.com/Articles/articles.asp?ref=IC0409-2468#sthash.ZuVEB8u6.dpuf
    http://www.islamicity.com/Articles/articles.asp?ref=IC0409-2468

     
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