Desserts

Apple Stuffed Dates

Apple Stuffed Dates are the perfect finger food or sweet snack. They come together quickly with just 6 simple ingredients and taste like a caramel apple in bite size form. These stuffed dates are for sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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apple stuffed dates on a plate that are topped with almond butter and a candied pecan.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Apple Stuffed Dates taste like caramel apples but in bite sized form.
  • Made with only 6 simple ingredients.
  • Refined sugar free with a no sugar added option.
  • Super indulgent but actually healthy.
  • Dates are a great source of antioxidants and can be enjoyed daily.
  • They have a natural caramel like flavor and can be used in replace of sugar.
  • These dates are stuffed with cinnamon sauteed apples and topped with creamy almond butter.
  • As written, this recipe is vegan, plant-based, dairy free, gluten free and grain free.
  • A quick, simple and delicious dessert or sweet snack recipe!
  • Check out my bacon wrapped dates or cookie dough stuffed dates for a few other recipes to try!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Apple Stuffed Dates. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

Use medjool dates for best results, these typically are sweeter and much softer. I love the ones from Trader Joe’s or Joolies dates that you can order from Amazon.

Green apples are going to add a sweet but tart flavor which tastes amazing inside these dates! However, you can use any color apple such as red, fuiji or gala.

The apples are sautéed in ground cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup. You may leave the maple syrup out and sub for a touch of oil, otherwise honey, agave or date syrup will work too.

These dates are topped with a candied pecan which is crunchy and perfectly sweet. You can also use a roasted or raw pecan, or opt for a different nut altogether. I’d recommend walnut or almond.

Finish these stuffed dates off with a drizzle of almond butter, or any other nut/seed butter like cashew butter, pecan butter, peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter.

all the ingredients that you need to make these apple stuffed dates in individual bowls.

How To Make

ONE: Start by sautéing the diced green apples over medium/low heat with the cinnamon and maple syrup. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

TWO: Next, prepare the dates by slicing the tops, but careful not to slice all the way through. Remove the pit and discard. Arrange the rest on a plate.

the medjool date cut open enough to remove the pit/seed.

THREE: Then, fill each one with 1 tbsp of sautéed apples, top with a candied pecan and drizzle with almond butter and enjoy!!

Tips And Tricks

Use medjool dates for best results, these tend to be much softer and a bit sweeter.

When removing the pit from each date, be careful not to slice all the way through, only cut it partially to remove the pit, but keep the date still intact.

How To Serve And Store

These stuffed apple dates tastes amazing warmed up, at room temperature or straight out of the fridge.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy within 5-7 days.

a hand holding a stuffed date.

Taste And Texture

Apple Stuffed Dates taste like a caramel apple but in bite sized form.

They are chewy, soft but have a crunchy texture from the sautéed apples. They are incredibly sweet with only a touch of added sugar from the maple syrup.

a hand holding the stuffed apple date with a bite taken out of it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a red apple instead of green?

Yes absolutely! Although I personally believe the green apple adds a lovely sweet/tart flavor.

Can I make these nut free?

Absolutely! Opt for a seed butter like sunflower seed butter or oat butter and just leave out the nut on top.

Are these vegan?

YUP! Apple Stuffed dates are fully plant based and vegan.

Other Recipes You May Like

If you make these Apple Stuffed Dates, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below, under the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on InstagramTiktok or Pinterest!

Apple Stuffed Dates

Apple Stuffed Dates are the perfect finger food or sweet snack. They come together quickly with just 6 simple ingredients and taste like a caramel apple in bite size form. These stuffed dates are for sure to be a crowd pleaser!
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
5 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
15 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 12 medjool dates, pit removed
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 12 candied pecans, can also sub roasted or raw
  • 1-2 tbsp almond butter, for drizzling
 

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

12 servings


Notes

  1. Start by sautéing the diced green apples over medium/low heat with the cinnamon and maple syrup. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  2. Next, prepare the dates by slicing the tops, but careful not to slice all the way through. Remove the pit and discard. Arrange the rest on a plate. 
  3. Then, fill each one with 1 tbsp of sautéed apples, top with a candied pecan and drizzle with almond butter and enjoy!! 

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