Best Stuffed Dates (6 Ways!)

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Stuffed dates make for eye-catching appetizers and quick, healthy snacks. They’re also super meal prep-friendly! Find the best 6 recipes here.

Dipped in melted chocolate, stuffed with cream cheese, topped with fresh herbs, and featuring a creamy center — there are so many delicious ways to make stuffed dates!

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From 3-ingredient peanut butter dates to chocolate-covered snickers dates, holiday-approved pecan or cream cheese stuffed dates, there’s nothing you can’t do with these healthy dried fruits.

No matter if you want to meal prep some healthy snacks or need some ideas for appetizers, this recipe collection is here to help!

Check out more date recipes like these peanut butter bliss balls on our website.

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Why you’ll love them

  • Super easy to make (let the kids help!)
  • Endlessly customizable
  • Wonderfully sweet without added sugar
  • Unusual & exciting flavor combinations
  • Suitable for many different dietary needs
  • Little equipment & few ingredients needed

Excited to make your own stuffed dates? Keep on reading to find out more.

Mixing Cream Cheese with Nuts
hand filling peanut butter into pitted dates using a spoon

Making stuffed dates

Let’s go over the best stuffed date combinations and how to make them! The main ingredient for all of these recipes is, of course, dates.

We prefer to use Medjool dates due to their taste and size, but any variety works if you want to create stuffed dates!

Peanut butter dates

The quickest and most straightforward way to make stuffed dates is to fill them with peanut butter! 

If you’re feeling fancy, top them with crushed almonds, chopped dark chocolate, and a pinch of coarse salt.

round plate with half a dozen stuffed dates with peanut butter and chocolate

Pecan stuffed dates

This savory version requires you to combine vegan cream cheese with sundried tomatoes and fresh basil.

Use it to stuff your pitted dates, then add a pecan nut into the cream cheese filling.

hand reaching for a pecan stuffed date on a place with more dates

Almond pistachio dates

For this version, almond butter is mixed with desiccated coconut and lemon zest. Use this mixture to generously fill each date.

Refrigerate for an hour, then garnish with chopped pistachio, more desiccated coconut, and lemon zest. 

Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Pistachios

Cream cheese dates

Since cream cheese works so well as a date filling, let’s use it to create more versions! Mix the vegan spread with fresh rosemary and toasted, crushed walnuts to make holiday-approved appetizers.

Distribute this mixture evenly between the pitted dates, then chill and garnish with chopped walnuts, drizzled maple syrup, and freshly chopped rosemary before serving. 

hand grabbing a date from a plate

Chocolate-dipped dates

This sweet version is something special! Pitted dates are filled with peanut butter and a crunchy almond for an exciting center, then dipped into melted chocolate.

Once they are chilled in the fridge, they taste very similar to snickers bars! You’ll love this healthy and vegan-friendly treat.

6 Snickers Stuffed Dates on a plate

Walnut ricotta dates

Don’t miss out on these flavorful walnut ricotta dates! For this recipe, almond ricotta is mixed with garlic powder and fresh thyme.

Use this mixture to stuff your dates, then refrigerate and garnish with more fresh thyme just before serving!

Savory Stuffed Dates with Nuts and Rosemary

Storing & meal prep

Stuffed dates are very meal prep-friendly as they are best served chilled from the fridge. You can make them up to a day in advance and garnish them just before serving them at your party!

Any leftovers need to be stored in a lidded container in the fridge — some varieties, like chocolate-dipped dates or peanut butter dates can also be frozen for months and enjoyed at your convenience!

Stuffed dates keep well in the fridge for at least a few days (depending on the variety), some for up to 2-3 weeks.

Serving suggestions

Serve the savory stuffed dates on your next appetizer platter alongside a vegan cheese ball, hummus, chutney, and baked chips.

They are usually one of the first canapés to be gone! They work for New Years, Thanksgiving, Christmas, potlucks, and regular dinner parties.

The sweet varieties with nut butter and chocolate can be used as kid-friendly snacks or healthier treats. They work well straight from the fridge or freezer as a summer dessert alongside an iced almond latte!

table with two plates filled with colorfully stuffed dates and two hands reaching for them

Tips & adjustments

  • You can use plant-based yogurt as a filling for your dates if you’re going to eat them right away; this is especially tasty during summer!
  • If you can’t have nuts, try seed butter or other spreads.
  • Be careful not to slice all the way through the date, you just want to create a wide opening.
  • When creating your own versions, add different layers of texture to make your stuffed dates more exciting!
  • Charm any non-vegan by filling the dates with some mature vegan cheese and vegan bacon bits!
  • Use colorful freeze-dried fruit or edible flowers for a beautiful topping; this makes for lovely edible gifts.

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Best Stuffed Dates (6 Ways!)

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Stuffed dates make for eye-catching appetizers and quick, healthy snacks. They’re also super meal prep-friendly! Find the best 6 recipes here — they are such crowd-pleasers.
Serves 10 dates

Ingredients

  • 10 Medjool dates

Almond butter pistachio

  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 5-6 pistachio nuts toasted and crushed
  • 2 teaspoons desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Savory pecan dates

  • 3 tablespoons vegan cream cheese
  • 10 pecan nuts toasted
  • 1 sundried tomato finely diced
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves chopped

Peanut butter dates

  • 2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 5-6 almonds lightly toasted, crushed
  • 1 oz dark chocolate chopped (28 g)
  • teaspoon coarse salt

Walnut ricotta dates

  • 3-4 tablespoons almond ricotta
  • 5-6 walnuts toasted and crushed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

Snickers dates

  • 3-4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 10 almonds lightly toasted
  • 2.5 oz dark chocolate melted (70 g)
  • teaspoon coarse salt

Cream cheese dates

  • 3 tablespoons vegan cream cheese
  • 5-6 walnuts toasted and crushed
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary chopped
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup to drizzle

Instructions

  • Cut the Medjool dates open lengthwise and remove the pits. Arrange them in a single layer on a large plate.
  • Fill each date with nut butter or the cream cheese mixture (made by combining the cream cheese with herbs and crushed nuts). 
  • The snickers dates need to be stuffed with one almond each, then dipped in melted chocolate and placed on a cooling rack. This will allow any excess chocolate to drip off.
  • Sprinkle with coarse salt if wanted, then refrigerate for an hour before serving.
  • Some ingredients like fresh herbs, maple syrup, or additional crushed nuts are best added as toppings just before serving the stuffed dates!

Notes

  • Feel free to freestyle with your favorite ingredients!
  • Stuffed dates usually keep well in the fridge for at least 5 days. Sweet varieties with nut butter can also be frozen!
  • Nutrition information has automatically been calculated for cream cheese dates.
  • Find more tips and instructions in the article above.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Nutrition Facts
Best Stuffed Dates (6 Ways!)
Serving Size
 
1 date
Amount per Serving
Calories
91
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

2 Comments

  1. These recipes look so yummy. I did notice though, you got the herbs mixed up in your gorgeous shots. The rosemary and thyme are in the wrong recipe picture ;)
    I’m a nerdy herby girl. Can’t wait to try these!!!!!

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