while I do enjoy eating dates on their own, they turned out to be even more delicious when stuffed with a pleasant combination of goat cheese and pistachios. A perfect quick dessert, guilt-free and well balanced sweet and healthy treat!
I often love to snack on dates with my coffee, combine it with some walnuts or almonds. I also use them as a natural sweetener and add them to my smoothies and some puddings.
The way they look it reminds me of some bonbon that we used to have when we're little kids. The taste of this combination is so incredible! This recipe, is a quick and easy sweet treat that can be prepared in less than 10 minutes.
Facts About Dates and it's Importance within the Palestinian Culture
Dates one of the most essential dried fruits that Palestinians and Arabs in general consume. Not only do we enjoy as snacks, especially in winter and during holiday times but also throughout the year. Ajweh is another name for dates but comes more like a paste. Used for baking the most amazing date cookies, such as holiday cookies Easter Ka'ek and Ma'moul, Anise Dates Cookies and many others.
Considered to be one of the most important snacks for Muslims during the month of Ramadan. When Muslims break their fast at sundown the first thing they eat is 2-3 dates. Why? “Dates provide the body with sugar, helping to restore low blood sugar after fasting all day."
Dates are full of nutrients and have so many health benefits, to name a few: high in iron, fiber, and antioxidants, Dates are considered to be a superfood. Highly recommended for pregnant women, eating dates regularly can support women's health during pregnancy, and is believed to help during the time of labor.
Dates are particularly special because they come from Jericho, Palestine. Jericho (Ariha in Arabic) believed to be one of the oldest still inhabited cities. The town is located on the West side of the Jordan Valley. Jericho is 258 meters (846 ft) below sea level. Located about 6 miles from the Dead Sea and 18 miles from Jerusalem. Jericho is known for its abundant sunshine, low humidity, rich soil, and natural spring water. Making it a perfect environment for growing Medjool date palm trees. What is also unique about these date is they are large, soft, and juicy with enough sweetness to make one feels full and satisfied after eating only a few.
Dates are imported from Ziyad Brothers facility in Jericho and are produced and labored by Palestinian Farmers.Print
while I so much enjoy eating dates on their own, they turned out to be even more delicious when stuffed with this pleasant combination of goat cheese, pomegranate seeds, and pistachios. I can guarantee that you have set yourself up for a perfect quick dessert. A guilt-free balanced sweet, and healthy treat!
- 16-18 Medjool dates
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- Seeds of ½ of pomegranate
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
- Remove the pits from each date and gently make space for stuffing.
- Once pits are removed, line all dates on a tray or a large flat plate.
- Cut goat cheese into small pieces enough to fit in each date space.
- With your hands take each goat cheese piece and stuff it gently inside each date. Continue until all dates are filled.
- With a small spoon or hand take a few pomegranate seeds and place them on top of the cheese, then sprinkle some chopped pistachios on top.
- Enjoy as a snack any time of the day.
They can last up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.