Orange Walnut Stuffed Dates

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Orange Walnut Stuffed Dates have a lightly sweetened orange and honey cream cheese flavor. Crunchy toasted walnuts make the perfect topping for this easy snack!

Dates stuffed with a lightly sweetened orange and honey cream cheese. Crunchy toasted walnuts make the perfect topping for this easy snack!
I am always on the lookout for new snack ideas. Particularly something that will please all four kiddos (and mom). Sometimes apples and peanut butter again just won’t cut it. I had been keeping a package of dates in the pantry to try out orange walnut stuffed dates. Orange, honey and walnuts happened to be what I had on hand, so in they went. Sometimes the best recipes happen that way!

Usually when I make dates they are ground up in some way, so the children were a bit skeptical of the full date. After I denied requests of eating just the cream cheese, they inhaled the rest. I’d say it is a keeper 🙂

I was a little late to the date trend when it started a few years ago, but I think it is safe to say they are here to stay. Did you know they are full of potassium and fiber? So naturally sweet, it’s easy to find them dried without added sugar. I’m very picky that my dried fruit contain only fruit. Since the natural sugars are a preservative it’s easy to find dried dates with dates as the only ingredient.

Dates stuffed with a lightly sweetened orange and honey cream cheese. Crunchy toasted walnuts make the perfect topping for this easy snack!

The orange cream cheese filling only takes minutes to whip together. These little treats are sweet, but all of the sweetener is from fruit and honey. I used raw unprocessed honey (Madhava Brand), which has a rather strong flavor but works so well with the orange. Cutting the dates can be a sticky challenge, but fortunately buying pitted dates saves some of the work. I am thinking in a real rush, you could just dip the dates into the filling.

The filling will look like it’s not enough, but remember there is only ½ to 1 teaspoon that fits inside each date. I couldn’t believe that I was able to fill 30 dates. The yield will certainly depend on the size of the dates, and how stuffed you like them. I would recommend putting the stuffing into a ziploc bag or even a piping bag, as it makes it so much easier to get the filling into the small opening.

Dates stuffed with a lightly sweetened orange and honey cream cheese. Crunchy toasted walnuts make the perfect topping for this easy snack!

The stuffed dates can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Not only are these great as an afternoon snack, I think they would be a perfect party appetizer!

Orange Walnut Stuffed Dates {Easy Snack or Appetizer Recipe Idea}
Orange Walnut Stuffed Dates {Easy Snack or Appetizer Recipe Idea}

Orange Walnut Stuffed Dates

5 from 5 votes
Dates stuffed with a lightly sweetened orange and honey cream cheese. Crunchy toasted walnuts make the perfect topping for this easy snack!
Servings 30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 30 Dried Dates
  • 4 Ounces Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts Toasted and Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • Zest of 1 Orange

Instructions
 

  • Split the dates down the middle leaving one side attached.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese until creamy. Add in the honey and orange juice and beat again another minute. Stir in the zest and ¼ cup of the chopped walnuts.
  • Place filling in a ziploc bag with the corner cut off or piping bag. Fill the center of each date with the cream cheese filling. Top with additional toasted walnuts and extra zest if desired.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 59mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 47
Dates stuffed with a lightly sweetened orange and honey cream cheese. Crunchy toasted walnuts make the perfect topping for this easy snack!

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Melinda
7 years ago

This sounds fabulous????Making them today!!!

Tanya
4 years ago

5 stars
These are amazing ! Everyone loved them!!
Thank you for the recipe!!!

Claire
4 years ago

How long can I keep these in the fridge? Can they be frozen

Tamsie Meurer
4 years ago

5 stars
Fabulous! Served them to my water yoga class and got 8 thumbs up!

Jason
3 years ago

Great Recipe. I made them today and added a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the filling mixture. Anyhow they turned out great. Thanks

Beth
2 years ago

5 stars
We loved these, altered somewhat with half each goat and cream cheese, and 2 teaspoons of honey. I’ll try one teaspoon next time, the dates are so deliciously sweet on their own. We will definitely make these again.