Walnut Ricotta Stuffed Dates
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Serves: 15-20 dates
 
Ingredients
  • 15-20 dates
  • ¾ cup walnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon thyme- fresh or dried*
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Himalayan salt-sprinkle to taste
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup + some to drizzle*
  • ¼ cup water- use water you soaked the walnuts in
Instructions
  1. Soak dates overnight, or for 1 hour in very hot water.
  2. Put walnuts in food processor with hemp seeds, cinnamon, thyme, vanilla, salt and water.
  3. Pulse until ingredients are broken down/ thoroughly combined. (I prefer my filling to remain slightly chunky- similar to the consistency of a creamy but chunky peanut butter.)
  4. Slice dates length wise, remove pit and replace with a small spoonful of walnut filling.
  5. Plate dates, and serve!
Notes
* When pitting the dates, do not slice them completely in half. Leave a small piece on the side uncut. This helps date stay in tact, making it easier to stuff, handle and eat. (See photos above.)
* Once dates are on plate and ready to serve, you can top them off with a drizzle of maple syrup, light sprinkle of Himalayan salt and extra hemp seeds. Or any combination of the above... depending on your desired look and taste! I did all three and it was delicious and pretty.
Recipe by Cuckoo Kitch'n at http://cuckookitchn.com/food/walnut-ricotta-stuffed-dates