Date Recipes for a Faster, Easier Labor

What’s the best way to choke those dates down? These delicious date recipes will help you get your daily quota for a shorter, easier labor.

Date Recipes for a Faster, Easier Labor post by Mama Natural

We know that we should be eating six dates a day from 36 weeks of pregnancy on. A number of studies link date consumption to shorter, less painful births, but let’s face it, those fiber-rich, dense dates are kinda cilantro… you either love ’em or hate ’em. So what’s the best way to choke ’em down? Check out these delicious date recipes to help you get your daily quota—without gagging.

Smoothie Date Recipes

Smoothies can be a great way to disguise the taste of food you might not like, or a flavor you’re sick of. They’re also the easiest way to track how many dates you’re actually consuming, since you make and drink the entire recipe yourself.

Oh-solovelylife's Recipe
Labor Soothing Date Smoothie

This labor soothing smoothie recipe includes all six of the dates you should eat every day. And it doesn’t have any refined sugar, because unsweetened almond milk and the natural sweetness of the fruit does the trick.

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Oh-solovelylife's Recipe
Downshiftology's Recipe
Cashew-Date Smoothie

This smoothie is both vegan and paleo, and doesn’t contain any milk for the lactose-intolerant. Six dates (your daily quota!) and vanilla add some sweetness, while cinnamon and nutmeg add flavor.

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Downshiftology's Recipe
Tablefortwoblog's Recipe
Peanut Butter Date Smoothie

Peanut butter’s creamy, protein-rich taste goes great in smoothies. Combined with the five dates (you'll only need to squeeze in one more for your daily quota) in this recipe, it’s a rich, healthy treat.

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Tablefortwoblog's Recipe
Pinchofyum's Recipe
Date and Spinach Smoothie

Trying to get your greens, too? In addition to four dates (two shy of your daily quota), this smoothie has 2 cups of spinach for vitamin K and manganese, as well as a banana for potassium (goodbye leg cramps!).

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Pinchofyum's Recipe
Oatmealwithafork's Recipe
Creamy Paleo Chocolate Milkshake

Who needs a smoothie when you can have a milkshake?! This creamy cocoa-infused shake contains four dates.

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Oatmealwithafork's Recipe
Simple-veganista's Recipe
Vanilla Date Smoothie

Frozen bananas and dates combine to make a smooth, creamy shake that's just sweet enough. And vanilla protein powder adds extra staying power. Each smoothie has 3 to 4 dates.

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Simple-veganista's Recipe
Naturalfitfoodie's Recipe
Cinnamon Toast Dessert Smoothie

Who said smoothies are only for breakfast? This one is sweet enough for dessert, and will provide 4 dates per serving.

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Naturalfitfoodie's Recipe
Mallorymaddox's Recipe
Third Trimester Pregnancy Smoothie

You'll get a dose of 4 dates in this smoothie, but you'll also get a punch of nutrients from spinach, chia seeds, bananas, and strawberries.

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Mallorymaddox's Recipe

Breakfast Date Recipes

Might as well start your day off right and incorporate dates into breakfast. Because all of these recipes divide the dates into muffins or donut holes, it’s hard to tell exactly how many dates you’ll be eating in just one or two baked goods, but we’ve included some rough math for you.

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Date Bar Recipes

Date bars are incredibly easy to whip together in a food processor, and they keep for several days. It’s a great on-the-go snack.

Date Brownies

Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it won’t count for dessert! Dates have been used as a natural sweetener for centuries, and you’ll find them in many dessert recipes.

Date Balls

These poppable treats also come together quickly in a food processor. And they’re date-heavy, so you’ll get your fill more easily.

Desserts with Dates

Why stop at bars and brownies? There are plenty of cookies, pies, and other treats loaded with dates.

Date Savory Dishes

Though dates are sweet, their uses are much more versatile than you may think. When you’re trying to get your fill, including dates in savory meals can really help.

Date Milk

Dates can also be added to almond or other milks for flavoring—or used in a milkshake. Try this update to my favorite almond milk recipe. This recipe makes about 4 cups of date milk, which means you’ll get about two dates per cup of milk. (BTW, I’m sure that you could do this with cashew or coconut milk, too.)

Date milk ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 8 dates
  • 8 cups of filtered water, divided
  • 1/2 TB sea salt

Date milk directions

  1. Soak almonds for 12 hours. Simply add nuts to a mason jar, add salt, cover with water, and let sit overnight. (Soaking enhances flavor and increases creaminess, but also disables the anti-nutrients in the raw nuts.)
  2. Once nuts have soaked, drain and rinse.
  3. Add nuts and dates to a blender or food processor with 4 cups of filtered water.
  4. Blend at the highest speed for two minutes.
  5. Strain the liquid into a pitcher or bowl using a cheesecloth or an inexpensive nut bag.
  6. Squeeze all the liquid out of the bag and into the bowl and enjoy!

Date pops

Just two popsicles a day does the trick with this easy and nourishing recipe. You can switch out coconut milk for any other milk of choice, however, coconut milk will taste the best.

Date pop ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 4 cups whole coconut milk
  • 1 TB cacao powder or cinnamon (optional)
  • Dash of sea salt (optional)

Date pop directions

  1. Blend 2 cups of chopped dates into 4 cups of coconut milk.
  2. Add 1 TB of cacao powder or cinnamon and a dash of sea salt if desired.
  3. Pour into these popsicle molds and freeze.

Two popsicles provide about six dates. 

You’ve Got This!

I know that it’s not always easy to stick with a healthy diet when you’re pregnant and tired, but it’s worth it. If a natural labor and delivery is your goal, but you just can’t seem to choke down those dates, these date recipes should help.

Genevieve Howland

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 130,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

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