Meatless Monday: Almond Stuffed Dates

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Lately I’ve been snacking on Medjool dates. Perfectly sweet and soft with an almost melt in your mouth quality, the Medjool dates I’ve been buying are on the large side so two or three in the afternoon or post dinner satisfy my sweet tooth. On my last trip to the market, I bought a smaller variety of dates called Deglet Noor out of curiosity. For a brief moment, I was bummed after tasting a Deglet Noor because it was more chewy and drier in texture than the Medjool.

Then I remembered all of the things you can do with dates — add them to smoothies, grind them up to make little energy bars, even add them to savory dishes to add depth and a slight sweetness. Reassuring, yes, but I still wanted a quick date snack that doesn’t involve a lot of preparation. I came up with this little ditty as a result, which is healthy, takes moments to prepare and travels well.

Almond Stuffed Dates

  • Handful of dates
  • Almond Butter
  • Raw almonds

Slice dates open on one side. Remove the pit if it has one. Spread just a dab of almond butter in the center of the date. (Peanut butter works well, too.) Place a raw almond inside the date on top of the almond butter and pinch the date closed. Enjoy. 

Simple, right? The sweetness of the date alongside the creamy almond butter and the little bit of crunch from the raw almond make this a tidy, well-rounded snack. Fair warning, dates have a high natural sugar content, but this can give you a quick boost of energy, and dates also have additional health benefits.

Dates are rich in magnesium, a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory benefits that can help reduce the risk of inflammation-related health problems like cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Magnesium also helps lower blood pressure. Dates are also chock-full of potassium, copper, fiber and vitamin B6. Dried dates are rich in antioxidant compounds, too. It’s not often that something tastes like dessert and offers so many vital nutrients. Thanks, Earth.

Do you love dates? How do you eat them?

 

*first posted March 16, 2015

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7 Responses to “Meatless Monday: Almond Stuffed Dates”
  1. Silvy says:

    This sounds so yummy! I always struggle with finding healthy solutions to satisfying my sweet tooth cravings. At 3 pm on a work day, nothing sounds better than some chocolates or cake! Sliced banana with tahini and hemp hearts is a good one too. :)

  2. Gwen says:

    Love the medjool datesasxwell. Have stuffed them with almond butter but will add an almond next time :). Usually have a couple with my oatmeal or oat bran in the morning! That is the only sweetness you need!

  3. Marls says:

    I adore dates! I have been snacking on them a lot lately as well. I love this idea of combining dates & almonds. The medjool are so soft & ultra sweet – but I actually really love the deglet noor, they seem to have more complex depth of flavor (I’m sure it differs depending on the crop though).

    Actually research has shown dates to have a low glycemic index – so while they are high in sugars they may not actually spike blood sugar levels. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3112406/

    All the more reason to relish dates!! :)

  4. This is such a simple yet delicious recipe! I have a sweet tooth but white sugar wreaks havoc on my body.

  5. Lea B says:

    I’m obsessed with this date ball recipe: http://detoxinista.com/2013/09/date-energy-balls-vegan-paleo/ and I always have a batch of them in the freezer so I can snack on one or two in the afternoon. I roll mine in unsweetened cocoa for a chocolate fix too.
    It’s a little more labor intensive but to make a batch but then you have them on hand for a while!

  6. Donna says:

    This is my go-to snack as well when I’m craving a sweet. I also eat dates on runs for fuel.

  7. Trish says:

    Tahini works great for this snack too!

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