Stuffed Dates

5 from 14 votes

Simple, quick and easy to make, these stuffed dates make a great appetizer or snack, Choose from sweet or savory fillings everyone will love.

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These gourmet stuffed dates are so quick and easy, and are one delicious snack that requires very little effort! Choose from four different flavors, that are all equally as tasty. They are perfect for Ramadan, Christmas, or any occasion!

Large white plate of stuffed dates with different flavors

Ingredients & stuffing ideas

  • Dates: Use large soft fresh dates if possible. Medjool dates are some of the best for stuffing because of their large size, while other varieties like degleet are best enjoyed on their own.
  • Ricotta almond: Creamy ricotta cheese is mixed with a little shredded coconut and finished with a whole almond.
  • Goat cheese pistachio: Mix together tangy goat cheese with sweet honey and sprinkle with crunchy pistachios.
  • Cashew Butter Cacao: Cashew butter is mixed with cardamom for a slight piney and menthol flavor, and then topped with crushed cacao nibs or chocolate chips.
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate: This combination is a favorite! Peanut butter and cinnamon are combined and then topped with dark chocolate. Delicious!
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to stuff dates

  • Slice each date lengthways with a sharp knife and remove the pits.
Cutting date in half lengthwise
  • Then mix together your filling ingredients you are using.
  • Spoon the filling into each date and finish with the toppings.
4 image collage to show four types of stuffed dates

Tips for stuffing dates

  1. Use large soft dates as much as possible. Medjool dates are best as they are very plump and easier to fill.
  2. Don’t cut the dates all the way through. They should be cut lengthways with the bottom of the date still intact so that the filling stays in place.
  3. Try serving them warm. While these make for a delicious cold snack, you can also stuffed the dates and then place them into the oven at 375°F for 10 minutes. This softens the cheese and gets it warm and gooey.
  4. Try freezing them. This is especially wonderful for the ones with chocolate. Freezing them solidifies the dates and fillings and makes them taste like a frozen treat!
  5. Get creative! These are four fun combinations, but feel free to get creative! Try blue cheese, labneh, other nut toppings and even some fresh herbs.

Frequently asked questions

Can you make them ahead of time?

You can make these stuffed dates up to a day before you want to serve them. Keep them covered in the fridge. It’s best not to make them further ahead than this as the fillings can start to dry out, though they will still be good to eat. You can however freeze them if you’re making them in advance.

Where do you buy Mejdool dates?

Mejdool dates are pretty widely available and can be found in most grocery stores. They are generally found in the produce isle by the bananas. If your grocery store has bulk bins, they may also be found there.

How do you serve them?

These stuffed dates are perfect to enjoy as a snack or finger food appetizer. If you make the peanut butter stuffed one, they can also be served as a dessert.

Close up to show the fillings in the stuffed dates

These delicious stuffed dates are so simple and easy to make, but they never fail to impress! Be sure to share what your favorite filling is if you try these!

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Stuffed Dates – 4 Ways

Simple, quick and easy to make, these stuffed dates make a great appetizer or snack, Choose from sweet or savory fillings everyone will love.
5 from 14 votes
Servings 10 servings
Course Appetizer, Snack
Calories 234
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 20 large medjool dates

Ricotta Almond

  • 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 5 whole raw almonds

Goat Cheese Pistachio

  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon crushed pistachios

Cashew Butter Cacao

  • 3 tablespoons cashew butter
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon crushed cacao nibs

Peanut Butter Chocolate

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped dark chocolate

Instructions

  • Use a small sharp knife to cut the dates lengthwise. Remove the pits.
  • Mix the first two ingredients for each of the fillings together in 4 small separate bowls.
  • Use a spoon to fill each date evenly with the various filling mixtures. Then top each with its accompanying topping. Or feel free to switch them up as desired. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

Storage: Store the dates in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for around 5 days. The ones with cheese will need to be refrigerated and may not last as long.
Freezing Instructions: The stuffed dates freeze really well and will keep for up to 3 months. Freeze them solid on a baking sheet before placing in a freezer bag or freezer safe container. You can enjoy them frozen or allow them to thaw first.
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 38mg, Potassium: 423mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 118IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. Thanks to you, my oldest (6 years old) is now addicted to peanut butter filled dattes as a snack and i couldn’t be happier!

    I’ve introduced this to a bunch of people now and everyone loves it! I had never thought of this before! Even my boy-friend is a fan!!

    I can’t wait to try with goat cheese!!!