As made in its entirety, each bun holds well over a full 1/4 cup of sugar when you include the dates. That’s at least 12 teaspoons. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars daily for women - and only 4 teaspoons per day for children.
So just one of these alone can give a child THREE TIMES the maximum amount - and that’s assuming no other consumed added sugars that day from any source. Which in America is an impossibility, given that sugar is added to virtually every food on the supermarket shelf.
That’s not a “treat” - it’s sugar poisoning, and thinking of it as a “treat” is why we have runaway obesity, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease epidemics here.
Of course i can cut the sugar by at least half, thanks - but I posted so that other readers might understand how unhealthy this recipe is as written (sorry if that makes some uncomfortable), and to let them know they can still make a healthier, better tasting version of it.