Stuffed Dates

Dates are truly a toddler treat. They are sweet just like candy. The good news for mom and dad is that they are much more nutritious and count toward 5-a-day fruit servings too! Stuffed dates are simple to make, can masquerade veggies, and taste great at breakfast, lunch, or snacks.

If you are having a party, use this recipe to make a stuffed date platter for the kids. Once the dates are pitted, your children can pitch in to help stuff them too.

You’ll need:

  • Whole Dates

Stuffing Ingredient Choices:

•    Crunchy: Baby Carrots, Celery, or green pepper
•    Creamy: Soft Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter
•    Cheesy: Cheddar, Monterey Jack
•    Nutty: Walnuts, Almonds
•    Fruity: Granny Smith (Tart) Apples, Mango, Mandarin Oranges

Preparation:

If the dates are not pitted, don’t worry, removing the pit is hassle- free. Simply slice the date longwise with a sharp knife, open the date at the slit and remove the pit. While the date is opened, simply stuff with your filling of choice and close it up.

If you have purchased pitted dates, simply open the date up and stuff them with your choice of filling and close them back up.

Tip:

Mix and match the stuffing flavors for more eating satisfaction. Try one of these mixtures or make up your own:

•    Chopped Celery and Peanut Butter
•    Cream cheese and Carrots
•    Monterey Jack Cheese and Apples