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! Here are 10 delicious recipes from our Food Monster App!
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 when you make Annie Oliverio‘s Maamoul!
2. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cups
3. Healthy Date Caramel
Source: Healthy Date Caramel
These are probably some of the easiest cookies to make. If you have an hour or so to spare, then you can make Shannon Leparski‘s Salted Date Caramel Crunch Cookies. You won’t regret biting into these chewy, crunchy, and divine desserts.
5. Quinoa Date Nut Truffles
Source: Date Nut Truffles
Date truffles can be made in a variety of ways using a variety of different ingredients. Besides date, Jennifer Strohmeyer‘s Date Nut Truffles star quinoa as the standout ingredient. Perfect for dessert or if you need some energy on the go.
Source: Raw Caramel Brownie Slices
7. Tahini-Orange-Date Crumble Cookies
8. Date Plum Sorbet
Source: Date Plum Sorbet
9. Vegan Snickers
Source: Vegan Snickers
10. Pecan Pie Bliss Balls
Source: Pecan Pie Bliss Balls
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