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ORANGE WALNUT STUFFED DATES

I am always trying to create healthier desserts.  I was inspired to make this dessert by some dates I had seen stuffed with cheese (I didn’t try them, but like the idea of stuffing dates).  Since the dates are so sweet, the filling does not need to be…it would be overpowering if it was.  I love how the orange flavor in the filling is subtle, but is definitely there.

These stuffed dates would be a great ending to a nice meal (or passed around on a platter as a sweet hors d’oeuvre).  Brew some Celestial Seasonings Tangerine Orange Zinger herbal tea and offer the dates to your guests with sliced mandarins on the platter as well.

Photo Courtesy of Celestial Seasonings

2 stuffed dates should be more than enough for each person.  I did not make all 36 dates the last time I made these, so I froze the remaining filling to use on another occasion…I’ll let you know how it works out.

INGREDIENTS – makes up to 36 stuffed dates

1/2 cup So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1/3 cup orange juice (from approx. one orange)
2 Medjool dates
1 cup walnuts
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cashews
zest of 1 orange + more for garnish
36 dates for stuffing
 

Place the coconut milk, orange juice, dates, walnuts, and cinnamon into your high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Once smooth, add the cashews and orange zest and blend until smooth.

Put the completed filling into a pastry bag and refrigerate for 1-2 hours (2 hours is best).

Prepare the dates by slicing lengthways down to the pit.  Open the date carefully (you do not want to tear it in half) and use your fingers to form the date into a circle with the hole on top.  Remove the pit.

Pipe the refrigerated filling into the prepared dates.

Top each filled date with a sprinkling of cinnamon and orange zest.

Serve with sliced oranges or mandarins as an accompaniment.

For a printable version of this recipe click here.

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MY FOOD JOURNAL – Tuesday

Food Log

Food Log

 

 

Early morning – 16 ounces of green juice made with lots of kale stems, 1 head of romaine, 1 GIANT cucumber, 1 red bell pepper, 2 pears, and a huge handful of parsley.

Breakfast – 1/2 cup Barbara’s High Fiber Cereal, 1/2 cup Fiber One, 3 Tbs Salba, 1 stevia, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, 4 strawberries, sprinkle of dried cranberries, 4 chopped walnuts, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Barbara's Fiber Cereal

Barbara's Fiber Cereal Fiber One Cereal

 

Salba Seed

Salba Seed

Lunch – I brought lunch to my son at school, so we had a “special” lunch… I had 1/2 of a large cucumber and avocado Togo’s sandwich on whole wheat with mustard, lettuce, bell peppers, pepperocinis, onions, pickles, olives…piled real high (no mayo)!

1pm – Young Thai coconut (I drank the coconut water)… I would have eaten the coconut meat then too, but ran out of time since I needed to pick-up my daughter from school.

Young Thai Coconut

Young Thai Coconut

2pm – I made a green smoothie with the coconut meat, Spirulina, chlorella, 2 cups spinach, 2 stevia, 1 scoop Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder, 2 dates, 1 cucumber, 1 zucchini, 1/2 avocado.  I drank 24 ounces (it made about 40 ounces)

4pm – I drank the rest of the green juice I made this morning (16 ounces more)

5:45pm – Dinner tonight was kale salad and veggie lasagna (I made it a few nights ago and it is yummy! ).   Sadly tonight we ate the rest of the lasagna.  I will need to post my lasagna recipe the next time I make it.

After dinner snack – this evening I will sip on the rest of the green smoothie I made this afternoon, though at the moment I am pretty full.

I’d say this is a pretty typical day for me food-wise with the exception of the Togo’s…I usually cook/make something simple for lunch.

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