Recipes Using Medjool Dates

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Maybe I used to be living under a rock, but before our switch to “real food” I had never beforeMedjool Dates from 100 Days of Real Food purchased or cooked with dates. And I am just being honest here, but it’s possible I didn’t even know what dates were. Believe it or not Medjool dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world, which means they are also a whole food, of course. :) And even here in North Carolina you can easily find fresh Natural Delights Medjool dates at several local grocery stores including Harris Teeter, some Lowe’s locations and soon Earth Fare as well.

The great thing about Medjool dates is that they are so sweet so they can basically act as a sweetener in recipes. And when you are avoiding refined sugar you start to get creative when it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth. A few weeks after starting our “100 Days of Real Food” pledge a reader actually suggested a “chocolate torte/truffle” recipe to me (pictured) using Medjool dates, and looking back I honestly don’t think I would have survived our pledge without them!

Chocolate Truffles Sweetened with Dates from 100 Days of Real Food

So today, I’d like to share three more recipes using Medjool dates in case you are new to this versatile sweet fruit as well. I do want to caution you though that even though the date seeds look like little pecans they are hard as a rock (pictured), so whatever you do be extra careful to remove the seeds first!

Date Recipes from 100 Days of Real Food

Medjool Date Seeds

 

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Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates
Serves: 4
 
A simple and flavorful appetizer from the Medjool Date website.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Medjool dates
  • 1 lb sliced organic or locally raised bacon
  • 6 oz minced nuts (optional), we used cashews


Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to broil.
  2. Split one side of Medjool date lengthwise and remove pit.
  3. Stuff with one teaspoon minced nuts. (Optional)
  4. Wrap entire bacon strip around date and secure with toothpick. To prevent toothpicks from burning soak them in water for a few minutes first.
  5. Place under oven broiler.
  6. Turn once to ensure even cooking and drain well (about 3 minutes per side worked well in our oven). Serve warm / immediately.

 

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Peanut Butter, Banana and Medjool Date Pitas
Serves: 4
 
A fun snack for the kids adapted from the Medjool Date website.
Ingredients
  • 2 100% whole-wheat pita breads (we got ours from Trader Joe’s)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 Bananas, peeled and sliced

Instructions
  1. Cut each pita bread in half, crosswise, to form four pita pockets.
  2. Gently open each pita pocket and spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter to each of the interior sides.
  3. Top the peanut butter with the chopped dates, which have been evenly divided.
  4. Add the banana slices to each pita sandwich and then gently press the sides together to reform pita pockets.
  5. Eat immediately or grill on a panini grill for something extra special!


 
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Banana, Medjool Date, Vanilla Smoothie
Serves: 2-3
 
A sweet dessert like drink.
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, whole-milk recommended
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 – 4 ice cubes
  • Optional: Handful of greens like spinach, kale or swiss chard

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and puree together until smooth. Enjoy!

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54 comments to Recipes Using Medjool Dates

  • Justyna

    I wanted something a little different for my morning smoothie and decided to give this a go. It’s delicious! I think I’ll turn this into ice cream for my kids later this week. I’m going to put this one in my recipe box (I do fruit/veggie smoothies each morning and don’t want to get stuck in a rut so I have a huge – and growing – list of recipes). Next time, I think I’ll add a spoon of almond butter and see how that tastes.

  • Terri

    Hi! Love all the date recipes, since I love dates!! My question though, is, do you have to buy Medjool dates or can you use any pitted dates? Seems like I can find other dates less expensive….

  • Susan M.

    I found your site because I have a dear friend who came here from Iran and she brings me gifts of dates from Montreal and I was looking for ideas to cook with them. We love yogurt smoothies, and I’m excited about using 3 or 4 dates to sweeten them instead of sugar. I break up my very ripe bananas into small chunks and freeze them for smoothies. Using frozen fruit eliminates needing to use ice cubes to cool off the smoothies. Thanks for your recipe ideas!

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