Stuffed Dates

This is a Middle Eastern inspired recipe. Traditionally in Arab homes, dates are served on platters into various arrangements and placed on the table. Dates are sweet and delicious, and are themselves real treats. They also can be used as sweeteners in the making of food and desserts. Today dates are the stars. In this recipe I am showing you how to create mouthwatering, beautiful, gem-like date desserts sure to please your guests during the holidays.

Here you will find four variations for preparing dates.  Use a selection of fillings and toppings and serve them on a nice platter. Sure to appeal to all palates. So be creative and enjoy!

Plain Stuffed Dates   

You can stuff dates with nuts and nut butter or you can stuff with a filling such as cashew cream or even cashew cheese.

Ingredients:
Stuffed Dates

12 Medjool dates

¼ cup raw almond butter or tahini

2 tbsp cacao nibs

Hazelnuts, walnuts or pecans and cacao nibs for topping

Preparation:

1.    Cut a slit on top of your dates and remove the seed.

2.    Take 1 teaspoon or almond butter or tahini and fill the center of the date.

3.    Place a nut on the butter. Dip some of your dates in the cacao nibs, the top part.

Basic Dipping chocolate

Ingredients:

¾ cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter, melted in a bowl of hot water

1/3 cup + 1tbsp honey

½ tsp vanilla,

A few drop of almond, peppermint, or orange extract (optional)

Directions:

1.    Take your jar of coconut oil and place it in a bowl or hot water to melt. It will take only a few minutes. Once melted, measure ¾ cup.

2.    Add cocoa powder, honey and vanilla or other flavoring essence. Stir with a spoon.

3.    Keep warm in a bowl of hot water. 

 

Chocolate Dipped Dates  

Ingredients:

20 Medjool dates

1 recipe dipping chocolate above

Preparation:

1.    Prepare your dates as shown above. You can either fill the date with a filling or you can keep it plain.

2.    Place the dates on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.  Freeze your dates while preparing the chocolate.

3.    Take the dates out of the freezer after 20minutes. Use a fork tolift a date. Individually dip in the chocolate. Let it drip a few seconds and place it back on the sheet.

4.    Place in a container and freeze or store in a cold placeuntil ready to serve.

5.    They are good out of freezer or served cold. If left in a warm room they will melt.

 

Rolled Stuffed Dates  

Ingredients:

Chocolate dipped dates

Topping options for rolling:

Crushed Almonds

Crushed pistachios

Crushed walnuts

Crushed pecans

Shredded coconuts

Crushed Cacao nibs

Preparation:

1.    Right after dipping the dates in chocolate, place the dipped date in a bowl full of crushed nuts and/or shredded coconut and roll them to coat.

2.    Place on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

3.    Once set transfer to a container and leave in a cold place or freezer until ready to serve. I put mine outside.

4.    Serve in nice platters.