Medjool Dates

Almond Butter-Stuffed Dates

When I think of the perfect snack, it requires 4 things: sweet, portable, nutritious, and won't weigh me down. These almond butter stuffed dates check all of those boxes, and an extra one: salty. If you crave salty snacks more than sweet! I honestly cannot think of a more perfect snack that offers a punch of nutritional value yet is sweet, and takes less than 5 minutes to make.

Benefits of dates for those living with Crohn's or UC

Dates are a super fruit that have been a constant in my diet for years. First, they are high in vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin B6 and magnesium, as well as antioxidants and flavonoids that can help reduce inflammation. They are also a natural laxative, helping to keep your bowels moving and regular without the need for (not-so-tasty) medication. Additionally, studies have shown support for improvement in brain health and a reduced risk of cancer, which is amazing considering how absolutely delicious these dried fruits actually are.1

Who would have thought you can eat food that tastes like candy – seriously, they're that sweet! – and benefit from their nutrition content?!

The perfect little snack

I like to eat my dates stuffed with almond butter or natural peanut butter, with a small sprinkle of sea salt on top to keep it simple. And sometimes, I add some gluten-free granola or sliced almonds to add a little crunch. Either way, you cannot go wrong with these little bites of heaven that can be enjoyed sitting down, while on the go, or (as I mostly enjoy them) in between doing chores and errands around the house.

Serves 3

Almond butter-stuffed dates ingredients

  • 3 large Medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp. creamy almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • Sprinkle of coarse sea salt
  • Gluten-free granola (optional)

Almond butter-stuffed dates instructions

  1. Using a sharp knife, butterfly open the dates, removing pits, leaving flesh side up.
  2. Divide almond butter between all 3 butterflied dates.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and pinch together the sides of the dates to close (will still be slightly be open due to almond butter).
  4. Top with additional toppings if desired. Enjoy!

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 260
  • carbohydrates: 25.7g
  • cholesterol: 0mg
  • dietary fiber: 5g
  • potassium: 163mg
  • protein: 6.6g
  • saturated fat: 2.5g
  • sodium: 356mg
  • sugars: 18.8g
  • total fat: 17.1g

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