Looking to cut refined sugar out of your diet, but still enjoy dessert? Me, too. Let in introduce you to Orange-Nut Stuffed Dates.

I have to admit I have a huge sweet tooth so giving up refined sugar is hard. Something I struggle with it as I love my after dinner treat. And my mid-morning snack. And my afternoon break. You get the picture.

Until I started moving toward the plant-based diet, I would have never tried dates. Like ever. The only datey thing I’d eat would be a Fig Newton and that’s not even date. Let’s just say that eating plant-based has caused me to explore food I normally wouldn’t have tried. Dates are great. They are high in fiber, very nutritious, and antioxidants. And most importantly, there are super sweet. A natural candy.

This is a super easy and quick dessert using dates, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and oranges. That’s it. Just some chopping and in 15 minutes you have a chic dessert to balance a strongly spiced meal or as a quick bite to satisfy a sweet craving without the guilt. That said, this isn’t a low calorie dessert; however, the ingredients are whole foods and natural. Enjoy in moderation.

What is nice about this dessert is that it works year round. It has a “warmness” that works in the winter, but it is no cook working for the summer months. A winner in my book.

Once I tasted the mixture, I realized it tasted like baklava. So I’ll be working on a baklava recipe. I’ll try to make it plant-based. I accept the challenge. And should it be Greek or Turkish baklava? I’ll figure which will be easier to make plant-based.

If you are looking for more plant-based desserts, I’d recommend checking out The Happy Pear and Forks Over Knives. Also, checkout some of my vegan desserts.


Vegan Orange-Nut Stuffed Dates


Orange-Nut Stuffed Dates

15 minutes

15 minutes




  • 10-12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 8 almonds, chopped
  • 8 walnuts, chopped
  • 16 shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest


  • 1. Make a slit in each dates removing the pit and making sure it is long enough to stuff. Set aside 8 dates.
  • 2. Chop the remaining dates and other ingredients combining well in a bowl.
  • 3. Fill the eight dates with mixture.
  • 4. Serve or put in airtight container in the refrigerator.
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