Stuffed dates are super easy to make, and they are the perfect appetizer for any party. If you like a combination of sweet and savory, you’ll love these!
You just need a few simple ingredients, and you can customize them to your own taste. So give this recipe a try, and impress your friends with your cooking skills!
The natural sugars from the dates combined with the savory filling come together and create a little bite of deliciousness that is unique and worthy of a spot on any appetizer table.
Delicious Snack or Healthy Dessert
These stuffed dates are versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways. When you combine sweet Medjool dates with anything savory, your tastebuds will come alive.
They’re a great afternoon snack when you need a quick pick-me-up. It gives you something to look forward to when you’re ready to take a break.
I love the fact that you can eat this delightful food warm, cold, or at room temperature.
If your family expects dessert after every meal, make a sweeter version of them. Try one of the sweet filling options listed below for a more nutritious dessert.
They’re also the perfect finger food for any holiday season. This is such a simple recipe that you’ll want to make often.
Whether you’re making appetizers for a party or looking for something a little different to snack on, try this stuffed dates recipe.
When you combine sweet Medjool dates with anything savory, your tastebuds will come alive.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Medjool dates
- Goat cheese (fresh goat cheese is best)
- Softened cream cheese
- Walnut pieces (or whatever nuts you like)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
If you follow a vegan diet, you can use vegan cream cheese and leave out the goat cheese.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
How to Make Stuffed Dates
Stuffed dates are super quick and easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. You only need a few minutes from start to finish, and you’ll wind up with one of the most flavorful treats ever!
First, preheat your oven to 325˚ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
With a sharp knife, make a cut lengthwise in each of the dates and remove the pits.
Place the pitted dates in a single layer on the baking sheet with just a little bit of space between them.
I usually place them at least an inch apart.
In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, and walnut pieces. If you want, you can use roasted walnut pieces, but it isn’t necessary. I think they’re fine as-is.
Mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Using a small spoon, stuff the dates with equal amounts of the creamy goat cheese and cream cheese mixture. Or you can use a piping bag if that’s easier for you.
Put the dates in the oven for about 4 minutes or until they are warm.
After you remove the dates from the oven, you can sprinkle more nuts on top of each date. Or you can garnish with colorful seasonings and spices.
Remove from the oven and enjoy!
This flavor combination is my favorite because the cheeses and dates pair so well. However, there are so many other fillings you can use, so don’t be afraid to try different things.
Here are some toppings that add a festive touch to the stuffed dates:
- Orange zest
- Fresh parsley
- Bacon slice or spoonful of bacon bits
Other Stuffed Dates Fillings
You can fill the dates whatever you like. Here are some popular options to start with:
- Blue cheese (bleu cheese)
- Cream cheese and any dried fruit cut into small pieces
- Peanut butter
- Cream cheese with cayenne pepper
- Cream cheese and maple syrup or spicy honey
- Manchego cheese
- Cashew butter
If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer, look no further than stuffed dates! This recipe is simple to follow and only requires a few ingredients.
Plus, stuffed dates are always a hit with guests! So why not give them a try?
How Long Do Stuffed Dates Last?
Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Stuffed dates with cream cheese can last for up to a week.
Whatever you stuff the dates with determines how long they’ll last. If you use peanut butter or something with a long shelf life, they can last up to 3 months.
More Healthy Appetizer and Snack Recipes
My family has always enjoyed snacking. So I came up with some foods that are nutritious and tasty.
Here are some of our favorite healthy recipes along with a recipe from a friend:
Crispy Zucchini Parmesan Chips – Take your savory snacking to a whole new level of flavor with this yummy treat!
Crunchy Ranch Chickpeas – Here is the perfect treat for game night or something to munch on while waiting for dinner.
Zucchini Pizza Bites – This is another way to work in a serving of veggies while enjoying the satisfaction of a tasty snack!
Oven Fried Plantains with Zesty Dip – If you’ve never tried plantains, it’s time to change that. They are so good!
Easy Deviled Eggs – These yummy deviled eggs are always the first thing to disappear off the snack table!
Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto – This amazing treat from Julia’s Simply Southern delivers the perfect blend of flavor and nutrition. Make these now! You’ll be so glad you did!
Spinach Dip – Serve this wonderfully nutritious dip with a plate of fresh vegetables. Absolutely perfect to satisfy anyone’s hunger!
Marinated Mushrooms – I love to serve these with a stack of toothpicks because it’s fun to eat anything off a toothpick. And the mushrooms are wonderful!
- 10 Medjool dates
- 1 ounce of goat cheese
- 3 ounces of softened cream cheese
- 1/4 cup of walnut pieces (or any kind of nut you prefer)
- Salt and black pepper to taste (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut a slit lengthwise in the dates and remove the seeds.
- Place the pitted dates on the baking sheet with at least 1 inch between them.
- Combine the goat cheese with the cream cheese. Add the walnut pieces. Mix well.
- Stuff each date with the mixture.
- Heat the dates for 4 minutes or until they are warm.
- Serve and enjoy!
You can add salt and black pepper at any stage of the recipe, but it's not necessary.
Nutrition InformationYield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 243Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 20mgSodium 196mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 4gSugar 33gProtein 4g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.
See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday.