Nutritional Bonus: A staple food in the Middle East and often called upon in Italian and Greek cuisines, dates are small, surprising powerhouses of vitamins and minerals. Ounce for ounce, they have more potassium than a banana.
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- 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom, plus additional for garnish
- 2 tbsp ground raw unsalted pistachios (TIP: Whirl whole nuts in a clean coffee grinder)
- 12 medium deglet nour dates
- 12 raw unsalted shelled pistachios or blanched almonds for garnish, optional
- In a small bowl, stir ricotta and honey until well combined. Stir in cardamom and ground pistachios.
- With a sharp knife, cut a lengthwise slit on 1 side of each date. Remove pits. Using a small spoon, stuff each date with 1 tsp ricotta mixture. Press 1 pistachio on top of each date. Arrange on a serving platter and, if desired, garnish with additional cardamom. Serve at room temperature.
- Serving Size: 3 dates
- Calories: 137
- Carbohydrate Content: 23 g
- Cholesterol Content: 5 mg
- Fat Content: 5 g
- Fiber Content: 3 g
- Protein Content: 4 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
- Sodium Content: 21 mg
- Sugar Content: 18 g