Ayurvedic Superfood Date Cake Recipe

This wonderful date cake recipe is super simple to make and a nearly perfect Ayurvedic recipe. It’s sugar-free and totally delicious.

Originally shared on Instagram by @iamtarneet, this cake is moist, egg-free, sugar-free, and quick to make.

According to Ayurveda, it contains ingredients that support proper tissue development. Now, you’re probably thinking that we must be done with proper tissue development after childhood.

But many of us are not actually showing signs of a properly nourished, fully developed body. Proper tissue development is needed throughout life, in childhood certainly and in maturity when the body tissues start to really diminish, but also at any time that we’re trying to rebuild health and strength, like after an illness or after a cleanse.

Our salad-obsessed culture is so narrow in our thinking that health equals thinness. It doesn’t. This is one thing I love about Ayurveda… it’s healthy perspective on how a truly healthy body should look and function. Health, in Ayurveda, does not equal thinness, but happiness. The natural expression of happiness indicates the achievement of health. The body should be properly developed and it’s recipes like these that help achieve that goal.

I say this recipe is a nearly perfect Ayurvedic preparation because it contains multiple true Ayurvedic superfoods yet it breaks one Ayurvedic food combining guideline. Let me explain this step by step.

Ayurvedic Superfood: Milk

Milk is nourishing, builds strength, and cools the body and mind. It’s one of Ayurveda’s true superfoods. I recommend milk minimally, in moderation, warm, spiced, and typically alone (not combined with other foods). In this recipe, we’re using milk, so this rule is broken, but in some cases, like when nourishing the body is a high priority, I advocate that breaking the rule is okay.

Ayurvedic Superfood: Oil

Oil is very important to consume and it’s one of Ayurveda’s superfoods. It provides lubrication to the body, strength and nourishment. The word ‘nourishment’ may sound vague to you but what’s meant is that it builds the body instead of depletes it. The Sanskrit term used is ‘santarpana’, ‘tarpana’ or ‘bhrumhana’. These words mean ‘nourishment’ as in building the body.

Ayurvedic Superfood: Wheat

The Sanskrit word for wheat is ‘godhum’. Godhum has a nourishing quality to it. It gives strength, fortitude and endurance. It’s developed a bad rap due to the presence of unresolved ama (undigested food waste) and indigestion. But it’s really a building food and is great for nourishing the body.

Ayurvedic Superfood: Dates

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What is Āyurveda?

Āyurveda is India's traditional medical system. It is a holistic approach that uses temporary dietary adjustments, lifestyle recommendations, therapeutic treatments and cleanses to restore health. It is also preventative in nature. Health must be cultivated and created each day. Āyurveda offers a wealth of sound knowledge to maintain health throughout every season and every stage of life.

I've tried changing my diet and lifestyle and it didn't work. How is Āyurveda different?

Āyurveda is a complete holistic health system. Āyurvedic herbo-mineral formulations are selected for you based on your state of health. Formulations along with appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle ensure that you get back to your natural state of health. Improved health cannot happen without changing your diet and lifestyle.

Is Āyurveda a licensed profession?

Āyurveda is not a licensed profession in the U.S. That being said, when selecting an Āyurvedic Practitioner, it's important to choose someone that is practicing classical Āyurveda. Classical Āyurveda adheres to the framework as it is taught and practiced in India.

Jennifer Maklan, ĀP, practices classical Āyurveda and has trained in programs that exceed educational standards for Āyurveda in the U.S.

How is Āyurveda practiced online? Isn't pulse assessment needed?

Āyurveda is quite conducive to online practice. In classical Āyurvedic assessment, questioning and visual clues provide a wealth of information. Pulse assessment is actually a somewhat modern addition to classical assessment methods. It is not a necessary component for a quality assessment. 

How is Āyurveda different than other holistic healing methods?

Āyurveda is time-tested. It's speculated to be thousands of years old and probably the oldest health system known to man. Though much has changed, the classical practice of Āyurveda holds to the time-tested methods that existed thousands of years ago.

Unlike other modern approaches to holistic medicine, Āyurveda utilizes a detailed framework for the measurement, assessment and management of health. It is an extensive practice that is studied rigorously and is effective when applied with precision.

Unlike Western approaches to care, Āyurveda is personalized to each individual. Your day, diet, health history and so much more are taken into consideration to create your Care Plan.

 

What if I don't see results?

Sometimes results can be seen immediately and sometimes results can be subtle but nevertheless impactful.

If you're not seeing results, it's important to speak up. This is helpful information and may indicate that the wrong remedy was selected for you. Don't hesitate to communicate your experience so we can ensure you are on the right track.