Stuffed Dates

Serves 8

These naturally sweet treats come as a delicious surprise. If clementines are unavailable, use orange zest instead.


  • 12 large (10 ounces) plump Medjool dates
  • 4 ounces fresh white goat cheese
  • Zest of 2 clementines, colored part only, cut in tiny julienne strips
  • Pistachios and/or pine nuts, optional


Split the dates lengthways and discard the pits. Fill the cavities with about 1 teaspoon of goat cheese, molding the date halves around the filling. Top each with a few strands of orange zest and optional nuts. 

Arrange the dates on a small serving dish.

Nutrition Analysis: 140 cal, 3 g fat, 5 mg chol, 55 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 24 g sugar, 3 g protein.


Gluten-Free Living Food Editor Jackie Mallorca has over a dozen cookbooks to her credit. Her latest titles include The Wheat-Free Cook and Gluten-Free Italian.