Confession: I’m mad for anything caramel. Or butterscotch. Or generally brown sugar-y sweet. Mad. I pilfered brown sugar straight from the box as a child and scavenged for caramel candies in my gran’s jar of Brach’s candies.
But caramelfiends need to consider their physical health (and teeth!) as much as their mental health, which is why I am thrilled to share my modern take on the perfect caramel-butterscotch-brown-sugar-like treat: stuffed dates. Two ingredients. No added sugar. 1 minute of prep. Bliss.
You have no excuse not to make these at once. Here’s what you need:
*1 handful soft Medjool dates *1 handful of walnut or pecans halves OR mild creamy goat goat cheese
Check and check.
The nut version delivers a candy bar sensation, while the goat cheese option is like/better than cheesecake.
Once home, remove three or four dates from the bag or package. Gently push out the pit (if not pitted) and open the date like a book. Now, either insert a nut half or spoon a heaping mound of goat cheese (a tablespoon-ish, depending on the size of the date and/or your love of goat cheese) into the open date. To finish, press the date closed, allowing the nut or goat cheese to peak through.
Admire your work, then eat.
Resist the buckling of your knees. Repeat. Did I mention these are good for you, too? Repeat again.
I have to be honest: I was VERY skeptical. I mean, pecans and dates = candy bar? But wow!! So good!! We eat a paleo style diet and this is the perfect type of dessert!! Thank you!
sheila @ Elements
Sunday 9th of January 2011
I just made some last night for dessert. They were really good, and I'll definitely make them again! Thanks so much for passing along the recipe. :)
sheila @ Elements
Sunday 2nd of January 2011
Oh wow...those look awesome! I might have that tonight for dessert! :)
Tuesday 2nd of November 2010
I was served these at a baby shower last fall, only the hostess also toasted them lightly—enough to get the goat cheese a little melty. I fell so in love with them, I skipped the cake and helped myself to about half a dozen more goat cheese stuffed dates instead. I made pecan ones too--so great, vegan and gluten-free friends were thrilled!
Chrissy (The New Me)
Monday 18th of October 2010
Yes, typo. I meant dates! I've only had them in Larabars, which still doesn't quite count!