Date Energy Snack Trio

Date Energy Snack Trio made with DateME date paste

Date Energy Snack Trio

Dates are a very common main ingredient for energy snacks. This is because of the many nutritional benefits of dates. Date paste provides all of the same goodness but is much easier to use in recipes. We rolled our date energy snacks in coconut, sesame seeds, and cocoa powder, but you can get creative and use whatever ingredients you have on hand!

Date Energy Snack Trio made with DateME ready to use date paste

Ingredients

  • 1 cup DateME Date Paste
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2-3 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2-3 Tbsp. cocoa powder

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the date paste, flaxseed, almond butter, and vanilla extract. If your almond butter is unsalted, add a small pinch of salt. Shape the paste into 1” balls.
  2. Place the coconut, sesame seeds, and cocoa powder in three shallow balls. Split up the date balls so that ⅓ of the balls get rolled in each topping. Gently press the ball into the topping as you roll them. Place the balls on a parchment covered tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes before enjoying.
  3. Note: You can roll the date ball snacks in anything you’d like. For more variety, try crushed nuts or cacao nibs!

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Chili, Garlic & Date Enchilada Sauce

Chili Garlic Enchilada Sauce made with DateME ready to use date paste

Chili, Garlic & Date Enchilada Sauce

This is an unusual but delicious enchilada sauce that uses date paste for a hint of sweetness. It provides a nice balance to the tang of the vinegar and the zip of all the spices used. You can also add some chopped tomatoes and serve with tortilla chips.

Chili Garlic Enchilada Sauce made with DateME date paste

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1¾ cups water or chicken broth
  • 3½ Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp. DateME Date Paste
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. salt

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add the red onion and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until the onion becomes soft. Add the garlic and stir for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and paprika and give the mixture a stir.
  3. Add the tomato paste, date paste, apple cider vinegar, and water or broth to the pot. Stir well and break up the date paste with a spoon. Once the sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. Take half of the salt and add to the mixture. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened enough to coat a spoon.
  5. Use a blender or immersion blender to puree the sauce. Add salt to taste and a small amount of water if needed to achieve the desired thickness.

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Date & Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Date and Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin entree made with DateME Date Paste

Date & Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Wondering what to make for your next special occasion? Date and apple stuffed pork tenderloin is the perfect choice. The pork tenderloin is very simple to butterfly for stuffing, and cooks quickly in the oven. The key is to securely tie it with twine after stuffing so it holds together for a nice presentation.

Date and Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin entree made with DateME ready to use Date Paste

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup DateME Date Paste
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • ½ apple, diced
  • ½ tsp. fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil or fat of choice

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and saute for 3-5 minutes, or until the onion is soft.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, then add the apple. Sauté for a few more minutes until the apple begins to soften. Add the thyme, date paste, and water and stir over medium low heat for 2-3 minutes until the water is evaporated. If the water evaporates before the apples are nice and soft, add additional water one tablespoon at a time.
  3. Season mixture with salt and pepper and set aside.
  4. Heat oven to 375°F and place a cast iron pan in the oven for 10-15 minutes. While the pan is heating, butterfly the pork tenderloin. Slice the tenderloin with a knife parallel to your cutting board so that the slice goes about ⅔ of the way through the tenderloin. Make sure you do not cut all the way through the meat!
  5. Open the pork tenderloin and spread it out on the cutting board. Place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper over the top and use a mallet to flatten the meat. Once it is almost flat, flip the tenderloin over and pound it on the opposite side until it reaches a uniform thickness.
  6. Rub ½ tablespoon of olive oil over the tenderloin and season all over with salt and pepper. Place the filling down the middle of the pork tenderloin lengthwise, then carefully roll it up, also lengthwise. Use butcher twine to wrap the tenderloin to ensure it doesn’t fall apart.
  7. Carefully take the pan out of the oven and heat it on the stove over medium heat. Add the remaining ½ tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is sizzling, add the tenderloin to the pan. Sear each side for 1-2 minutes, then transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until the pork reads about 145°F with a meat thermometer. Remove the meat from the oven and allow it to rest for about 15 minutes before slicing.

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Bacon & Date Turnovers

Snack Recipe for Bacon Date and Cheese Turnovers made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Bacon & Date Turnovers

When people hear the word “bacon”, dates are not the first thing that might come to mind.  Having said that, this brilliant recipe for bacon and date turnovers might change the word association game for good! We want to express our gratitude to April, our innovative client who came up with this delightful combination. Thank you April!

Snack Recipe for Bacon Date and Cheese Turnovers made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Ingredients

  • 1 roll puff pastry dough (ready to use)
  • ¼ cup cream cheese (or cheese of your choice, such as feta)
  • diced bacon strips (previously made and cooled)
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste

Directions

Yield:  About 12 turnovers

  1. Preheat oven according to instructions on the package of puff pastry.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Slightly thin it out using a rolling pin.
  3. Cut out round pieces of dough for the turnovers using a cup or a circular cookie cutter.
  4. Fill each circle with a teaspoon each of bacon, date paste and cheese.
  5. Fold over each filled circle and crimp the edges with a fork.
  6. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and place the turnovers on the sheet.
  7. Bake as directed on the box of the puff pastry, usually about 10-15 minutes.

Variations to try:  Roasted and salted nuts instead of the bacon, any kind of soft cheese like brie or feta, or caramelized onions with dates and feta.

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Banana Caramel Date Bread Pudding

Dessert Recipe for Banana Caramel Date Bread Pudding made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Banana Caramel Date Bread Pudding

For bread pudding with added nutrition, use Ezekiel brand bread, which is made from sprouted whole grains. DateME date paste and bananas supply the sweetness, eliminating the need for additional sugar.

Dessert Recipe for Banana Caramel Date Bread Pudding made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste
  • ¾ cup nut milk or low fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or dried fruit of choice)
  • 8 slices cinnamon raisin bread, cubed (Such as Ezekiel, found in freezer section)
  • ½ cup FULL fat coconut milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place bread cubes in a mixing bowl.
  3. Blend bananas, Date Paste, nut milk, and cinnamon until smooth. Pour over the bread and mix well until all the bread in covered
  4. Divide the bread mixture into ramekins. Pour 2 Tbsp. of coconut milk over the top of each.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until the bread looks golden and caramelized. Serve immediately while still warm.

Recipe adapted from The Full Helping.

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