Christmas Apricots and Dates

Desserts for Bones?

This is a recipe from my book Divine Vegan Desserts.


Yes, there is a lot of natural sugar in the recipe, but these delicious sweet treats are also packed full of nutrients that bones love, including calcium, magnesium, protein, vitamin C and boron.


To find out more about which nutrients you need for healthy bones, click on the button below. 

Apricots with Prunes,
Pistachios and Sesame Seeds



24 whole almonds

1/3 cup (50 g) ready-to-eat prunes, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons maple syrup

¼ cup (30 g) pistachios, finely chopped

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

12 ready-to-eat dried apricots




Preheat the oven to 170 °C/Gas 3

  1. Soak almonds in boiling water for a couple of minutes. Remove and slip off their skins. Place on a baking tray and roast for 7–10 minutes until lightly browned. Leave to cool. 
  2. Chop 12 of the almonds coarsely and mix with the chopped prunes, cinnamon and maple syrup. 
  3. Mix chopped pistachios and sesame seeds. 
  4. Cut a slit down the side of each apricot, use your fingers to create a pocket, and stuff a spoonful of prune mixture inside.  
  5. Roll in the sesame seed/pistachio mixture and poke a whole almond into the top.

Dates with Tahini,
Brazil Nuts and Chocolate

  1. Carefully slit each date across one side and remove the stone. 
  2. Spoon in half a teaspoon of tahini and place a brazil nut inside each date. 
  3. Close the date and arrange on a plate. 
  4. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and drizzle over the dates. 
  5. Leave to set.

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