I discovered how amazing dates are when I spent time deployed in Iraq for the American Red Cross. These little morsels are as sweet as candy and, with a bit of creativity, can be an easy travel snack or fancy appetizer.
- 30 whole raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Juice and zest from 1 orange
- 30 dates, seeds removed
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spread almonds on a baking sheet and roast for 10 to 15 minutes. While nuts are roasting, combine olive oil with 1 tablespoon of juice from the orange and half the zest. Remove almonds from oven and toss with mixture. Spread nuts out and allow to cool. Once cooled, place one almond inside each date where the seed had been and store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Analysis: 390 calories, 6 g fat, 0 mg chol, 0 mg sodium, 92 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 75 g sugar, 5 g protein
Laura Hahn Carroll, author of the cookbook Around the Word One Gluten-Free Meal at a Time, is a regular contributor to Gluten-Free Living. She also blogs about gluten-free food at GuiltFreeFoodieCutie.com.
Photo by Angela Sackett.