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These 4-Ingredient Stuffed Date Recipes Make the Perfect Snacks

Image Source: Sheri Silver | Babble
Image Source: Sheri Silver | Babble

When reaching for a quick snack — whether mid-morning, with cocktails at 5 o’clock, or as a late-night treat — consider the date! An excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, dates are also naturally sweet and perfect for so many delicious fillings.

I’ve got three recipes to get you started — all requiring just three additional ingredients and some simple prep. All recipes make 12 (serving 4 people), but can easily be doubled or tripled — making dates your new “go-to” ingredient for snacks, parties, foodie-gifts, and more!

Dates Stuffed with Ricotta, Almonds, and Honey

Image Source: Sheri Silver
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Looking for a healthy, yet satisfying mid-morning snack? These ricotta and almond-stuffed dates are drizzled with a bit of honey and are a huge step up from your usual 10 AM fare.

Image Source: Sheri Silver
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Makes: 12

Ingredients

  • 12 whole, pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 12 slivered almonds
  • honey, for drizzling

Directions

  1. Use a small, sharp knife to create a slit down one side of each date. Open it like a book, but be careful to keep both halves of each date intact.
  2. Place the ricotta in a small zip-top bag and snip an opening in the corner. Pipe about a teaspoon-sized amount in the center of each date.
  3. Press the halves gently together and insert an almond in each. Drizzle with honey and serve.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Parmesan and Fig Jam

bacon wrapped parmesan stuffed dates
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Put these out at your next party and watch them fly off the plate! It’s the perfect marriage of sweet, savory, cheesy, and salty. This is one of my favorite appetizers and will soon be yours too!

bacon wrapped parmesan stuffed dates
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Makes: 12

Ingredients

  • 12 whole, pitted dates
  • 12 matchstick-sized pieces of Parmesan cheese (about 1/4” wide and 1 1/2” long)
  • 6 bacon slices, halved crosswise
  • 2-3 tablespoons fig jam

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Gently insert a piece of Parmesan in the center of each date.
  3. Place the bacon slices evenly on your baking sheet. Spread about 1/2 teaspoon of fig jam on each slice.
  4. Working with one stuffed date at a time, roll up in a slice of bacon and place seam-side down back on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, turning halfway through, until the bacon is crisp and cooked through.
  6. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain and serve immediately.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter-Stuffed Dates

peanut butter stuffed dates
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Looking for a dairy-free, gluten-free, guilt-free late-night treat? Need a foodie gift for someone special? Look no further. These stuffed dates feel decadent yet are far from guilt-inducing — and are as perfect for a hostess gift as they are waiting in your fridge during a midnight raid!

peanut butter stuffed dates
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Makes: 12

Ingredients

  • 12 whole, pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt

Directions

  1. Use a small, sharp knife to create a slit down one side of each date. Open it like a book, being careful to keep both halves of each date intact.
  2. Place the peanut butter in a small zip-top bag and snip an opening in the corner.
  3. Pipe about a teaspoon-sized amount in the center of each date. Press the halves gently together and place on baking sheet. Freeze for about an hour.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips in the top half of a double boiler set over a pan of simmering water.
  5. Working with one date at a time, dip into the chocolate and use a fork to roll until coated. Tap the handle of the fork against the edge of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate and return to your baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle with some of the sea salt. Repeat with remaining dates and keep chilled until ready to serve.
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