Stuffed Dates Recipe (Easy Four-Ingredient Recipe)

Stuffed Dates Recipe (Easy Four-Ingredient Recipe)

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If you love dates, you’re in luck! I’m about to share with you everything you need to know about my Easy Four-Ingredient Stuffed Dates recipe! Can you think of any fruit that is more Middle Eastern in origin than dates? Dates have been cultivated in the Middle East for thousands of years. This delicious fruit is also regularly referred to in the Bible. Before cupcakes, candy, and desserts were a thing, dates were being enjoyed in the Middle East as a healthy, and naturally sweet snack.

stuffed dates
ssyrians have been cultivating dates for thousands of years as depicted in this Assyrian relief.
tree of life relief
This Assyrian relief shows the Sacred Tree of Life. Notice the date palms towards the top of the tree. According to the Brooklyn Museum website: “the tree itself is associated with the goddess Ishtar, a fertility deity and goddess of the date harvest.”

The Health Benefits of Dates 

If you want a sinfully-sweet snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further. Dates are loaded with Polyphenols (antioxidants, that protect your body from inflammation). They are high in fiber, potassium, and B-6. Dates are also loaded with minerals like copper, magnesium, calcium, and iron. So in comparison to other empty-calories snacks, dates win hands down. There is one downside, however, dates are high in carbohydrates. Keeping this in mind, you’ll have to eat them in moderation, and pay attention to those macros. If you’re not sure what macros are, I’ll discuss them in detail in a future post, so stay tuned!

Date Shakes

I love dates so much! In fact, whenever our family would make the drive from San Diego to Flagstaff, Arizona (to visit Scott’s mom), I would insist on making a stop in Dateland Arizona to get my date shake fix. Sadly, Scott’s mom passed away in 2015, so we haven’t made that trip since then. However, if you’re ever in the area, do yourself a flavor (see what I did there?) and make the stop! I hate long road trips, but these date shakes made the long drive almost worth it. While you’re at it, get one of their cactus shakes, they are almost equally delicious.

Dateland shake menu

Middle Eastern Stuffed Dates Recipe

If you don’t want to completely blow your diet by enjoying a date shake, I get it. Consider trying a much healthier alternative, this stuffed dates recipe! It’s true that dates are amazing on their own, but you can easily dress them up to impress your family and friends. Although you can find recipes for mascarpone, blue cheese, and bacon stuffed/wrapped dates, I like to keep it simple. All you need to do is replace the date pit with a walnut, or almond, and sprinkle or dip the date in shredded coconut. As an alternative, brush the inside of the date with tahini, stuff with almonds or walnuts, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

a plate with stuffed dates

What Are the Best Dates for Stuffing?

All dates are not created equal. My favorite dates to stuff are Medjool dates. I usually find them at Costco, but they can be purchased elsewhere, including on Amazon. What makes Medjool dates my favorite? They are plump, moist, and larger than other dates. To see what I mean, just look at the pictures below to see a comparison between Deglet Noor dates, and Medjool dates. Medjools are very easy to stuff, whereas you can barely fit the walnuts inside the Deglet Noor dates.

date sizes
Medjool Dates (on the left) in comparison to Deglet Noor dates (0n the right).
medjool and neglet Noor dates
walnut stuffed dates
Which would you rather stuff? Medjool Dates, or Deglet Noor dates?

Cardamom-Laced Dates

You might be wondering, hey, where’s the fourth ingredient in this “Easy Four-Ingredient Stuffed Dates Recipe?” That missing ingredient, my friend, is cardamom! Have I mentioned it’s my favorite spice? Yes, probably in at least ten other posts. I can’t help it, have you smelled this stuff? It’s amazing! So do yourself a favor, take the extra step and mix in a little cardamom with your coconut before adding the coconut to the stuffed dates. Alternatively, you can puree the softened dates in a food processor, along with the cardamom. Or make it easier on yourself and buy pureed baking dates instead. Then you can simply shape the date paste over the walnut or almond, and roll them in the shredded coconut.

walnut stuffed dates

If you enjoy this stuffed dates recipe, you might also be interested in the following desserts: Mann Al Sema (Nougat Bars),  Vegan Shortbreads Cookies, Tahini FudgeCandied Figs, and Membrillo (Quince Paste).

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Stuffed Dates (Easy Four-Ingredient Recipe)
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Walnut-stuffed dated, rolled in cardamom-flavored coconut. 

Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 20 dates
Calories: 97 kcal
  • 20 Medjool dates
  • 20 walnut halves
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  1. Split dates and remove the pit.

  2. Fill each date with walnut-half.

  3. Mix cardamom with the shredded coconut. 

  4. Sprinkle coconut over the dates, one at a time. Press the coconut into the dates, if necessary.

Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Dates (Easy Four-Ingredient Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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