Holiday parties are soon upon us! When I’m entertaining, I like to think of holiday treats and dishes well in advance. I don’t want to stress over the appetizers before the party has even begun. Let’s prepare with simplistic dates.
I like to think of stuffed dates as “sophisticated” party food. They aren’t the most popular of foods, so they seem a bit more special. Stuffing dates make them even more fancy! I imagine these paired with decadent soft cheeses, specialty crackers, jams and pears for a beautiful party platter.
Not to worry, it’s easy and minimal effort on your part. Better yet, you can actually provide a healthy treat for your guests with stuffed dates. They are gluten-free and vegan. They are a delicious treat for anyone trying to cut sugar out of their diet and still enjoy sweet finger foods. As pretty as they are, they make a great party treat because nobody expects pure raw foods and healthy sweeteners to be so simply delicious!
Apricot Walnut Stuffed Dates
1/3 cup Dried Apricots
1/3 cup Walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Raw Honey
14-16 Large Dates, pitted
In a food processor, combine the apricots, walnuts, vanilla extract, cinnamon and honey/agave. Process until the mixture is a rough paste.
Fill the apricot mixture in the pitted dates. Garnish with a drizzle of honey, if desired. Enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container.