I’m always trying to think of creative and fun new ways to use all the dates I have laying around in my fridge. When a friend of mine, one of the outstanding Chefs at Eat Omnivore, realized how many dates we get every year from my in-laws, he suggested stuffing and baking them with a mixture mainly composed of mascarpone cheese. At the time, that combination sounded amazing and I’ve had it on my list of things to make since then. Well…four years passed by, and I have yet to make them. Of course by now, as you all know, I am Vegan, so I set out to make my own delicious version. I came up with this wonderful combination of flavors – Dark Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed w/Orange Cream, made two different ways!
Someone had once mentioned how delicious dark chocolate covered pieces of dates were. So going along with this idea, I decided to turn these stuffed dates into dessert instead of the savory baked ones I initially intended on creating. This was also around the same time when we had large home-grown navel oranges pouring into our kitchen from both my parents’ and my in-laws’ backyards. Remember a few months back, when I posted a series of orange-inspired recipes (Orange Julius Popsicles, Orange Pepper Tofu, Orange Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats)? Yep…these stuffed dates were created around the same time, after all, as good as it is, there’s only so much fresh orange juice you can drink.
Let me just tell you now…this Orange Cream is delicious! I was licking my bowl clean, and the kids and I even enjoyed the leftover orange cream by itself or drizzled with a tiny amount of dark chocolate as dessert with a spoon! It was the perfect blend of freshly squeezed orange juice, shredded coconut, and soaked cashews. I didn’t want it to be too sweet since the mixture was being stuffed into dates.
Make this easy orange cream, stuff it into some dates, dip the ends into melted dark chocolate, and sprinkle the tops with a tiny amount of orange zest, sea salt, and/or shredded coconut. All you need is ONE of these heavenly treats and you’re set to go for the day, and not to mention that aside from the dark chocolate chips, it’s all naturally sweetened. I delivered some to a few friends and my son’s teachers, and they loved them. And just look at them!! Not only do they taste divine, they also look beautiful and would make the perfect sweet treat to take to a friend’s house or dinner party. That is, if you can keep yourself from devouring all of them before sharing! =)