An easy 3-ingredient recipe, these walnut-stuffed Sugared Dates make for a simple dessert or delicious edible gift. Gluten-free, vegan.
One of my favorite recipes from childhood, I grew up helping my mom make these walnut-stuffed sugared dates every holiday season.
Dates on their own are a little magical sweet treat. Like maple syrup or honey, this natural sweetener is a great sugar substitute. Their natural sugars make them perfect for making healthy recipes like date balls, date caramel, or almond butter stuffed dates.
But coat them in a little sugar, and they become an even more magical, delicious treat.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Only 3 simple ingredients
- Something different than baked goods for holiday cookie plates
- High fiber content and contain essential minerals
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here are a few quick notes about the ingredients in this recipe. You can see a complete ingredient list and instructions in the recipe card below.
Medjool dates - The type you use can make a difference. The Medjool variety is recommended for this recipe as they are larger, soft, and quite naturally sweet. Other varieties such as Deglet Noor are a bit smaller and a little dryer, but would make a fine substitute.
Organic cane sugar - This type of sweetener is not as refined as white granulated white sugar. This granulated sugar adds a glittery crunch to the chewy dates.
Walnuts - Raw walnut halves or pieces are best. Their mild, slightly earthy savory flavor is the perfect complement to the sweet.
Before you start: Place your sugar on a plate.
Step 1: If using unpitted, slice open each and remove the pits. Place a walnut half in the center and squish it closed with your fingers.
Step 2: Roll the stuffed date in the plate of sugar to coat.
- Buying pitted will cut down on prep time.
- If the skin of your dates is a little on the drier side, you can use a pastry brush to lightly wet the skin. This will help the sugar adhere better when rolled.
Dried dates have a long shelf life and should be stored in an airtight container to keep from drying out. You can store them at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer. Dates can be refrigerated for up to 6 months and frozen for up to one year.
If they haven't spoiled but have just dried out and hardened, the easiest way to revive them is to soak them in water. After soaking, drain and pat dry before placing them in an airtight container.
Dates have a good amount of dietary fiber and provide a good source of potassium, magnesium, and folate and can be part of a healthy diet. They make a great snack for a sweet fix!
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Sugared Dates (Walnut Stuffed)
- 1 lbs fresh medjool dates about 25 dates
- ⅓-1/2 cup raw walnuts halved
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- ¼ cup water
- Using a small paring knife, slice dates open lengthwise and remove pits. Replace pit with half a walnut piece (or whole one depending on size of date). Squeeze date back together.
- Place sugar in a small bowl. Some dates have a natural stickiness on the outside, but to ensure the sugar sticks, take a pastry brush and slightly dab the outside of the date to moisten it. Roll stuffed date in sugar until coated. Place on a piece of parchment or wax paper. Continue until all the dates have been sugared.
- Once the sugar has hardened to dates, place in an airtight container. To give as gifts, place dates in a holiday tin or wrap in clear food gift bags and tie with ribbon.
- Buying pitted dates cut down on prep time.
- You won't use the whole cup of sugar, but it makes it easier to quickly roll the dates to cover them.