Dried Dates filled with Mascarpone Cheese and Walnuts ~ are topped with some cocoa powder and a small rind from an orange make a quick and easy treat you can serve at anytime!
A wonderful combination of flavors which includes a creamy texture, along with some nuts, bitter chocolate, and a touch of citrus, are all commonly used ingredients in most Italian desserts. In fact, these stuffed dates are not too sweet at all, they provide enough sweetness to satisfy any ones palate.
What’s interesting about dried or fresh dates is that they are packed with IRON, and are wonderfully delicious. They are one of the most popular fruits that are loaded with an impressive list of essential vitamins and minerals, most of which are required for healthy growth, development and overall well-being. So you can eat them often.
With only 5 ingredients, you can whip up these bite-size healthy treats in only a few minutes!
Sometimes, when I am feeling organized in the morning, I’ll prepare these dates so we will have something sweet to serve as our after dinner dessert.
You can refrigerate these dates up to 3 days, which allows you to prepare them in advance for anytime entertaining! Serve them as a dessert or even as appetizers. They are wonderful!
We first had these dates when our dear friend Olivia made them. Now we have been making them ever since! Olivia is an amazing cook and loves to make all kinds of wonderful desserts too! Love that girl!
Dates Filled with Mascarpone and Walnuts
- 1 package of dried dates (16 oz)
- 1 container of mascarpone cheese (can be found in Italian or gourmet markets)
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 1 orange rind – thinly sliced
Carefully slice each DATE half way through.
Remove and discard pits.
Take a small zip-lock bag, using your scissors, and cut a tiny hole in one corner.
Add a small amount of mascarpone cheese into the bag.
Twist the upper part of zip lock bag closed.
Lightly squeeze some mascarpone cheese into each date.
Add a walnut in the center of each one.
Sprinkle lightly with cocoa powder over the tops.
Add a small slice of orange rind to each date.
Yields: about 25 dates