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Here are all the best Medjool dates recipes! This chewy, caramely fruit is perfect for naturally sweet treats like brownies, energy bars and smoothies.

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Medjool dates are about to take over the world! This tasty fruit is enjoying massive popularity lately as a natural way to sweeten foods. They’re in many energy bars you’ll find in stores, though they can be used in sweet and savory recipes alike. Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re big Medjool dates fans, and have lots of recipes to prove it.

Here are some of our favorite easy Medjool dates recipes! The most popular is our fudgy date brownies, where dates and nuts magically combine into a texture just like a fudgy brownie. Medjool dates are the key component of energy bars recipes, and they’re fantastic for sweetening smoothies and our “healthy” milkshake. Ready to get cooking?

Medjool dates fun facts!

Before we get to the recipes: here are a few things to note about these caramely sweet superfoods:

  • Are Medjool dates dried? No, Medjool dates are fresh fruits! Medjool dates are harvested from the date palm tree and then packaged immediately. There’s no processing, so they’re not dried!
  • What is the white powder on Medjool dates? It’s perfectly normal, not mold! It’s just the natural sugars in the date rising to the skin.
  • Where to buy Medjool dates? Look in your grocery in the produce aisle (many times next to the bananas), or near the dried fruits. You can also order them online.
  • How to store Medjool dates? Store them at room temperature for 1 to 2 months, in the refrigerator for up to 6 months, and about 1 year frozen. (Source)

And now…our top easy Medjool dates recipes!

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Stuffed dates

Stuffed Medjool Dates

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


Here’s an easy finger food recipe: stuffed Mejool dates! They’re quick to make, and the sweet and savory combo keeps everyone coming back for more.


  • 24 Medjool dates
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese* (helpful if it’s come to room temperature**)
  • 3 tablespoons pistachios
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Optional: honey


  1. Use a knife to make a lengthwise slit into the dates, then remove the pits. Use a spoon to fill them with goat cheese.
  2. Crush the pistachios with a rolling pin.
  3. Top each with a tiny sprinkle of black pepper, sea salt and the tiniest bit of smoked paprika (just a tiny sprinkle has big flavor). Sprinkle on pistachio dust. If desired, add the tiniest drizzle of honey (again, use a small amount to heighten the flavor; too much and it overwhelms).


*For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free diets, try nut butterpeanut butteralmond butter, or cashew butter.

**The goat cheese is easier to work with at room temperature. If you don’t have time to set it out, just use your hands to mash it around in the package a little bit so it becomes softer. 

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 1 date
Medjool date recipes

More plant based treats

Mejool dates are perfect for plant based treats! If you like these, here are a few more healthy plant based desserts you might enjoy:

  • “Bliss Bites” Healthy No-Bake Cookies Truly bliss in a bite, these healthy no bake cookies are made with chocolate and peanut butter. Easy and delicious, they are an all-time fan favorite!
  • Chocolate Cherry Dessert Bites These decadent-tasting chocolate cherry dessert bites are made of clean ingredients: just cocoa, maple, coconut oil, oats, almonds and cherries!
  • Fudgy Vegan Brownies Naturally sweet, gluten-free, and plant-based, this fudgy vegan brownie recipe is rich but nutrient dense, made fully of whole foods.

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Rita Moreira says:

    Thank you so much for your delicious breakfast options.
    I want to do everything ahahahahahah
    I want to do some options on breakfast in the Hotel that i start to work on Thursday.
    They do not have yet a Vegan option Menu to Breakfast and I want to propose.

    Thank you so much for your beautiful work
    Rita Moreira

  2. Kris Flaten says:

    An older friend of mine remembers her mother and a neighbor buying No. 10 cans of dates and splitting them.

    Her mom made a great peanut butter and date cookie that was baked in the oven and was really, really good. The recipe for the cookie was on the label of the can. She doesn’t remember the name of the company. We’ve been trying to find the recipe online but no luck so far. I tried looking up “vintage” and “retro” but no luck. I did find one entry at but it’s not quite the same. I tried going to Jewish or Mediterranean sites but still no luck. I pulled out ancient copies of church cookbooks…. Do you have any ideas on how to find this recipe? Thank you, Kris

    PS—I’ve made a lot of your smoothie recipes and have really enjoyed them.

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Hi there! What an interesting idea. I am not sure this is the type you are talking about but I see this type of baked PB and date cookie when I search: Could this be something to try? I love this idea! Good luck!

  3. Analee Kinninger says:

    Love your recipe s

  4. Marilyn McKinnon says:

    I luv medjool dates, would luv more recipes!!!