I’m probably not the only one whose favorite time of the day in Ramadan is the time when we break our fast. It’s not because it’s actually time to eat; it’s because the sweetness of that first bite or first drink is really and truly the sweetest moment time and time again. For me, t’s a time for the appreciation of flavors, of gratitude for the food before us and for the ability to savor every bite. No more taking ingredients and simple pleasures for granted. It truly changes the way you look at food.
That’s why some of my favorite things to come up with in the kitchen are Iftar Starters, usually of the naturally sweet variety. I use what I have in the kitchen and very rarely go out of my way to buy anything unusual to create them. Like these Banana Date Cups, I incorporated Medjool dates, which I always have on hand, fruit like bananas that I always have on hand and baking ingredients like coconut flakes, almonds and honey.
These are simple to make, very quick to put together and are easy enough to make just one or more for a crowd. That’s the kind of ‘cooking’ I like to do, especially in Ramadan.
How about you?
- 2 cups naturally flavored yogurt
- 4 tablespoons creme fraiche (optional)
- 1 banana, cut small
- 4 tablespoons salted almonds, roughly chopped
- 4 large Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- Shredded coconut or coconut flakes
- 4 teaspoons honey
- To four small serving cups, divide the yogurt into each parts.
- Add one tablespoon of creme fraiche to each one, too.
- Add the cut banana in equal parts, then one tablespoon of the chopped almonds and the dates to each cup. Drizzle a teaspoon of honey in each cup then sprinkle with the coconut flakes and serve.