Have you ever thought about combining dates with pistachio? I suppose not many people have! I was first introduced to this recipe by my dear friend a few years ago and I have been making them ever since. Dates with pistachio filling are always on my Thanksgiving table and are one of the first foods to disappear from it. I shared a photograph of them on my Instagram the other day and many of you said they wanted to know how to make them. You got it! Keep reading to find out.

It’s not only the perfect snack for any larger family dinners, but it also works as a pre-workout small meal. I like to make these ahead and store them in the fridge so that I can take one out whenever I need a boost before a workout session. If I don’t have any on hand then I will usually take a large date and dip in peanut butter but I swear that pistachio tastes much better and the texture is what makes this snack unique. I am absolutely sure that everyone who tries these dates with pistachio filling will love them. Serve them before the main meal to keep everyone’s stomachs from growling or together with dessert for a nice nutritional boost after a large dinner.

If you want more Thanksgiving recipes, check out Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and the ultimate sugar-free Cranberry Sauce. I will also share some more vegetarian Thanksgiving sides as we get closer to the holidays so keep an eye on them!

Dates with Pistachio Filling

Necessary equipment:

  • a food processor
  • a paring knife
  • a spoon

Ingredients:

  • 12 to 16 of dates, preferably medjool
  • 1/2 cup of salted pistachios, still with shells
  • optional toppings: crushed pistachios, hemp seeds, coconut flakes (unsweetened)

Instructions:

  1. Put the pistachios in a food processor and grind them up until they have a paste-like texture.
  2. Use a paring knife to cut each date straight from the top. You should be able to remove the pit easily and have two halves of each date with a nice hole to put the pistachio filling in.
  3. Use a spoon to transfer some of the pistachio filling into each date half.
  4. If you want to, put some additional toppings on the filling to give your snack a bit more texture.
  5. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge in an airtight container. These dates should last for about a week, maybe a few days more.