4 Easy to Make Snacks with Little Ingredients | Medjool Date Recipes

Looking for easy to make snacks with little ingredients since we all have short food pantry lists? I have 4 great recipes for you made with Medjool dates: date paste, butter, bliss balls, and chocolaty bars.

How is everyone doing right now? I am pretty good but I miss interacting with fellow humans. I have definitely noticed that having a bit of sweet around the house is helping me stay mentally sane right now. How about you? I have been hunting down and trying out recipes focusing on easy to make snacks with little ingredients. Because we are all short on the pantry staples.

Well, I have you covered with not one, not two, not even three…but four few ingredient desserts recipes with dates, more specifically Medjool dates. So let’s get cooking!

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Natural Delights Medjool dates easy to Make Snacks recipes.

Why are dates good for you?

  • Medjool dates are loaded with soluble fibre. That is good news for those who are looking to lower their cholesterol levels. And they help to keep you regular if you suffer from constipation.
  • With strong levels of minerals, they will help bones stay healthy and help to prevent osteoporosis. These include potassium, selenium, magnesium, manganese, and copper.
  • The iron found in Medjool dates can help prevent anemia.
  • High in antioxidants and micronutrients, they can help your body fight off free radicals and can add suppleness to your skin.

As you can see, the health benefits of dates are huge. And they are perfect to combat certain issues we are all dealing with while self-isolating. Add Medjool dates to your list of special foods with benefits.

Finding happiness in hard times

Even with everything going on around the world, we still need to celebrate life, spring, and highlight special events. And living alone is not an excuse to get out of it.

It’s the perfect time to look forward to new beginnings. There are still many ways to contribute to your community outside your 4 walls. Don’t forget to send love by text, phone, or video chats to friends and family.

If you are like me, finding happiness is easy when you have a healthy sweet tooth. Without overindulging of course and making our treats as healthy as possible. But how can you achieve this?

Medjool dates are one of the best natural sweetener options. Yes, they are a healthy sugar substitute. Medjools are so versatile for baking during the holidays as well as healthy, post-holiday smoothies and snacks.

Natural Delights Medjool dates easy to Make Snacks with Little Ingredients

Not all dates are equal

Does your grocery store have so many date options you don’t know what to pick? Well here is a little 411 for you. Dates are picked when dry and steamed before packaging. Natural Delights Medjool dates are picked when they are ripe, juicy, and have a creamy texture. Which one sounds better to you?

So look for Natural Delights Medjool Dates when grocery shopping (online or in-person). Here are a few reasons why:

  • They contain no sulfites or preservatives.
  • Natural Delights follows the most stringent growing practices producing the highest quality fruit.
  • While not all product is labeled organic, our farmers all follow organic practices.
  • They are available year-round in the produce section at your favorite grocery store.
  • In the province of Quebec, you can find them mostly at Metro and Sobeys.

dates and nuts in a food processor

Easy to make snacks with little ingredients

Let’s get to the recipes, shall we? I have four delicious recipes for you to try that use common on a food pantry list ingredients. You might have everything at home already.

The kitchen checklist of ingredients you need to make all 4 sweets in this collection of dessert recipes are:

  • pitted Medjool dates
  • butter (or vegan butter)
  • almonds, and nuts or trail mix
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • dark chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate)
  • cinnamon
  • salt

All recipes are gluten-free and egg-free. If you are vegan, dairy-free, or on a paleo diet, I have included two easy vegan-friendly alternatives: vegan butter and vegan chocolate.

To make all four recipes you will need 2 pounds (907gr) of Medjool Dates. And it just so happens that the biggest sized container of Natural Delights Medjool Dates is exactly 2 pounds.

Did I not tell you I was going to suggest easy dessert recipes with few ingredients? Not only that but, we have 2-ingredient desserts recipes, 3-ingredient recipes, and 4-ingredient recipes. Easy peasy!

How to Make Date Paste

One last thing before the recipes. I have one excellent Medjool date tip to share: in a bowl, cover the Medjool dates with very hot water for 15 min, and drain. it will help to plump them up a bit and your food processor will appreciate it.

How to Make Date Paste (V GF EF DF Paleo)

Of all the dates Medjool recipes I chose, this was the easiest and the most rewarding. And that is because of its multi-purpose qualities. Who knew cooking with dates could be so easy.

This makes a perfect spread for you toast in the morning, as a dip with fruits, add a dollop to your yogurt. I even enjoyed it with a salty cracker.

You can even use it for the next recipe below…

2-INGREDIENT DATE PASTE
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454 gr) Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Add the Medjool dates and the water to a food processor with an "S" blade. Start processing until you get a very smooth paste, scraping down the sides. If the paste is a bit dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time.
  2. Spoon the date paste into an airtight container. The paste will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. Can be frozen.
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How to Make Date Butter

How to Make Date Butter (GF EF, V DF Paleo options)

You thought the date spread was amazing for breakfast, just wait until you slather a nice layer of the date butter on your bread.

So amazing. Make sure to use salted butter or add a very generous pinch to unsalted butter. It really makes a massive difference in the taste.

3-INGREDIENT DATE BUTTER
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter (or vegan butter)
  • 5.28 oz (150 gr) Medjool dates, pitted (or 1/3 of the date paste recipe above)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, cover the Medjool dates with very hot water for 15 min, and drain.
  2. Make sure your butter is at room temperature. Add the Medjool dates, butter, and cinnamon to a food processor with an "S" blade. Start to slowly process, scraping down the sides, until the Medjool dates are well and evenly chopped into the butter.
  3. Spoon the date butter into an airtight container and keep in the fridge. Can be frozen.
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How to Make Caramel Coconut Bliss Balls

How to Make Caramel Coconut Bliss Balls (V GF EF DF Paleo)

If you are not finding bliss in being stuck at home, have a bliss ball instead.

Packed with dates and nuts, date balls recipes are the perfect solution to 3 pm cravings or a little sweet treat in front of the TV in the evening. Have one and you will realize quickly why they are also called energy balls.

Pssst, I have a secret to share. There is no caramel in these bliss balls. But Medjool dates have a definite caramel-like flavor profile. Add a healthy dose of salt and it will remind you of salted caramel.

It’s one of my favorite desserts with dates recipe.

Yields 12 BLISS BALLS

4-INGREDIENT CARAMEL COCONUT BLISS BALLS
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Ingredients

  • 5.28 oz (150 gr) Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut + extra for rolling
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, cover the Medjool dates with very hot water for 15 min, and drain.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a food processor with an "S" blade. Start processing until the mixture forms into a sticky dough.
  3. Add the coconut to a wide bowl and keep it next to you. With clean hands, divide into 12 equal portions and roll into balls. When shaped, take the ball and roll into the shredded coconut.
  4. Keep in the fridge in an airtight container.
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How to make Dark Chocolate and Date Nut Bars

How to make Dark Chocolate and Date Nut Bars (GF EF, V DF Paleo options)

And now, last but not least, the pièce de resistance date nut bar. There are tons of dates bars recipes but this one is so simple and I love the chocolate on top. Perfect for a post-meal dessert.

Optional, if you happen to have or you can get colored sprinkles, these bars will make a simple yet elegant dessert.

Yields 24 bars

3-INGREDIENT DARK CHOCOLATE AND DATE NUT BARS
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Ingredients

  • 5.28 oz (150 gr) Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts of your choice or trail mix
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate)
  • optional, spinkles

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, cover the Medjool dates with very hot water for 15 min, and drain.
  2. Line with parchment paper an 8 in-square pan (or in a 9×5 loaf pan), or use a silicone pan.
  3. Add the Medjool dates and the nuts to a food processor with an "S" blade. Start processing until the mixture is sticky but you can only see small pieces of nuts.
  4. Spoon the mixture evenly into the pa. Press flat and into all the corners.
  5. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and pour it over mixture. Spread the chocolate evenly.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.
  7. Gently unmold on a cutting board, chocolate facing up. Slice into 24 bars.
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But wait, I have for you a…

BONUS 5th recipe

Besides learning to cook with what you have, the second biggest topic online is no-waste food. With certain hard to find kitchen staples, I think we are all getting a wake-up call about not wasting anything.

Chocolate Bark with Easter pastel sprinkles

And that is exactly what we will do with the leftover chocolate chips from the bag you opened for the date and nut bar recipe, and any sprinkles you may have.

Put the remaining chocolate on a parchment paper and microwave for 20 seconds at a time, When everything is melted, spread the chocolate in an even layer, and add sprinkles on top. Place in the fridge to set for a bit.

Voilà, Chocolate Bark with Sprinkles

I hope you will enjoy making all these easy to make snacks with little ingredients.

And everyone please stay safe, stay home, and stay healthy.


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