Dates were something I never really ate when I was younger. They honestly seemed kind of weird and reminded me entirely too much of prunes. But once I started to cook with plant-based ingredients, I recognized how delicious and versatile dates could be. They are not only sweet but also host a variety of health benefits thanks to the significant amount of minerals inside. I never imagined the ways you could use dates until I personally experimented with making a raw dessert that called for a date and nut based crust – then I fell in love. Not only are dates a natural binding agent due to their sticky texture, but they are also sweet and, when paired with nuts, create a fantastic crust. Check out this recipe for Raw Matcha Coconut Cream Pie to see what I’m talking about!
Dates aren’t just for making raw crusts however. That’s not even the beginning! Since they have a lot of sugar, you can blend them up and make a caramel for tarts, candy bars, or the center to brownies or chocolate cups. You could also create a delicious fudge-like dessert using nuts, dates, and other wholesome ingredients! With dates, the combination of ingredients that you can mix in your date desserts is what makes them even more versatile. There are so many things that can be created with dates.
I could go on and on, or we could just jump right in and discover the decadence of dates in desserts!
1. Maamoul (Date-Orange Stuffed Cookies)
These plump, flaky pastries are filled with just the right mix of sweetness and spice thanks to a blend of dates, orange, and ginger! We bet you can’t just eat one Maamoul!
2. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cups
Who knew something that looks this good can be that good for you? These Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cups will make you a believer in the deliciousness of dates.
3. Healthy Date Caramel
You can dip anything in this Healthy Date Caramel. Or put the caramel into a variety of things like chocolate cups or brownies!
These are probably some of the easiest cookies to make. If you have an hour or so to spare, then you can make these Salted Date Caramel Crunch Cookies. You won’t regret biting into these chewy, crunchy, and divine desserts.
5. Quinoa Date Nut Truffles
Date truffles can be made in a variety of ways using a variety of different ingredients. Besides date, these Date Nut Truffles star quinoa as the standout ingredient. Perfect for dessert or if you need some energy on the go.
Three layers of delicious, chewy, chocolatey, datey goodness! These Raw Caramel Brownie Slices will leave your mouth watering and wanting more.
7. Tahini-Orange-Date Crumble Cookies
These tahini-based cookies are sure to please your palate with a variety of flavors. These Tahini-Orange-Date Crumble Cookies are tender and will probably be gone in a flash.
8. Date Plum Sorbet
Who knew dates could go from strange little brown fruits to this gorgeous Date Plum Sorbet? Sure to surprise and please your dinner guests on a hot summer day.
9. Vegan Snickers
Vegan Snickers?! Yes, please! These guys are gooey, crunchy, and rich. Who says you can’t be vegan and have your favorite treats?
10. Pecan Pie Bliss Balls
The medjool dates in these Pecan Pie Bliss Balls create a natural, candy like sweetness while the pecans and almonds add a wonderfully nutty, crunchy taste.
Desserts just got a lot more decadent with the inclusion of the these tiny, versatile fruits!
Lead image source: Date Nice Cream at Two City Vegans