This stuffed dates recipe is easy to make and a delightfully sweet treat you can make for celebrations or snacks. Date appetizers are perfect party foods for people with allergies, because they’re naturally gluten-free, and these are even dairy-free as well!
If you love easy vegan party food, be sure to try vegan cheese ball recipe. Serve it with crackers and wait for the fun to begin!
I don’t think I would have ever considered this recipe on my own, but my lovely cousin Margie was hosting a family dinner and she introduced us to it. How perfect!
She’s one of my cousins with that Martha Stewart gene. She has such a flair for serving unique and delicious dishes on beautiful platters.
It’s hard to feel comfortable naming any recipe “stuffed” something or other. But honestly, there is no better way to describe this recipe. It uses delicate and delicious Mejdool dates filled to the brim (i.e., stuffed) with vegan cream cheese, chopped pecans, and even some fresh basil leaves if you have them handy.
Of course, I wanted to make my stuffed dates vegan. That was pretty easy to do by using vegan cream cheese for the filling.
What Makes This Recipe Great
There’s some good news about this recipe:
- Easy Peasy: Stuffed dates appetizers take minutes to make (meaning you won’t be worn out come party time)
- Light: You can eat several of these tasty morsels and not feel so stuffed yourself
- Flexible: Add different flavorings to the filing depending on your preferences
- Fair: Just about everyone can eat them because they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and eve sugar-free!
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time!
- Medjool Dates — Look in the produce aisle of most grocery stores. I love buying my dates at Costco. You can find them at Sprouts, Natural Grocers, or most health food stores.
- Vegan Cream Cheese — I buy this in the health food section of my grocery store, or health food stores. I like Daiya, Tofutti, or Miyoka. Or you can make your own homemade vegan cream cheese.
- Toppings — I used chopped pecans and fresh basil leaves, but you can also add chopped pistachios, walnuts, and more.
A low-maintenance, delicious appetizer with lots of plate appeal? Now we’re talking my kind of dish!
How to Make Stuffed Dates
You’ll be happy to know that these cream cheese stuffed dates are so easy to make!
- Prepare Dates: cut the dates in half and remove the pit
- Vegan Cream Cheese Filling: Stir the cream cheese so it’s soft and spreadable
- How to Stuff Dates: Use a spoon to fill the dates with the cream cheese
- Topping: Add finely chopped pecans (or your favorite nuts) and bits of fresh basil leaves.
Dates are Fruit
It’s easy to think that medjool dates are dried, like raisins, because of the wrinkly skin. However, dates are actually fresh fruit. They’re naturally sweet and so fun to use in place of refined sugars in your diet.
How to Store Dates
Once you get your dates home, you can store them at room temperature for up to a month, however, they will begin to dry out. Be sure to keep them in an airtight container. Dates are actually best stored in the fridge. (Source).
No matter how you store them, they can get dry and lose their tenderness when stored too long. You can let dry dates sit in hot water for a few minutes to soften them or even microwave them for a few seconds. Be careful when handling hot dates!
For this easy stuffed dates recipe, fresh dates are best!
Cream Cheese Filling Flavor Variations
You can stuff your dates with plain cream cheese, or you add some flavor and color to it. Add any of these to your vegan cream cheese and stir well:
- Lavender Filling — Combine the cream cheese with the lavender and stir well
- Strawberry Filling — Add a chopped, mashed strawberry to the cream cheese
- Blueberry Filling — Mash a few fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
- Chocolate Filling — Add a tablespoon or two of melted dairy free chocolate chips.
In addition, you can roll stuffed dates in sugar for a beautiful final touch. Simply pour 2 – 4 tablespoons of sugar on a plate and roll the stuffed medjool dates in the sugar until adequately covered.
Place the dates on a serving dish. Garnish with basil leaves and lavender flowers if you have them handy. Enjoy!
When to Serve Stuffed Dates
There are so many great opportunities to serve stuffed dates:
- Healthy Snack
- Paired with a Vegan Sandwich for lunch
- Appetizer for a healthy meal
- Vegan Party Food
More Medjool Date Recipes
If you love these vegan stuffed dates, you’ll want to try these other recipes using dates:
- Chocolate Energy Balls — These raw energy balls offer chocolatey goodness in every bite! They taste like brownie bites, but they’re so healthy because they’re made with dates, walnuts, and cocoa.
- Date Caramel Sauce — Add caramel goodness to your favorite dishes like ice cream, with this simple, healthy, no refined sugar added caramel sauce.
- No Churn Vegan Ice Cream — Make this simple vegan ice cream, made creamy with coconut milk and made sweet with dates. It’s so good!
Although these Stuffed Dates didn’t leave us to feeling stuffed before dinner, we certainly left that evening feeling filled to the brim with memories of yet another magical family dinner.
- 12 medjool dates
- ½ cup vegan cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
- 2 – 3 fresh basil leaves
- Cut the dates in half. Remove and discard pits.
- Stir the cream cheese to softemn it. Use a spoon to fill the dates with the cream cheese mixture.
- Top stuffed dates with chopped pecans and chopped fresh basil leaves.
- Place the dates on a serving dish. Garnish with basil leaves.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.