Three ingredients are all you need to make these salty, sweet and creamy Smoked Almond and Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates!
Happy Friday friends! I hope your week sped by quickly and that your weekend goes by nice and slow. That’s just how I like mine to be, although it usually ends up being the opposite. This weekend is going to be pretty low key for us. With Thanksgiving next week I’ll be getting my grocery shopping done ASAP in hopes of avoiding the grocery cart madness later in the week. Other than that it’s running, going to get my post run cappuccino and then eating all the things because I will have just run off all of the other things!
While I like to keep myself busy on the weekends, my husband prefers to spend a good portion of his relaxing on the couch watching one football game after the next. I don’t know how he does it. I can watch about one quarter of a game and then I have to get up and do something. I guess I’m kind of like that with all TV, but especially when sports are on.
Usually I find myself in the kitchen whipping up some kind of easy snack to munch on during the game. My husband of course would love hot wings, pizza and chips during every game, but I have a hard time eating that way after a long run. I love to snack, but I don’t like to undo all those miles and calories I burned off by eating a couple wings, slice of pizza and handful of chips. When it comes to my snacks I want something that’s got more to it than just a bunch of empty calories. Lucky for me, Blue Diamond Almonds sent a container of their Smokehouse Almonds to try out and boy were they delicious! I’m a huge fan of salty smoky flavors, so these almonds suited me just fine!
To solve the football game snack dilemma I decided to come up with possibly one of the simplest recipes you’ll find on my blog, Smoked Almond and Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates. This little one or two bite snack (depending on the size of your bite) is an explosion of flavor and texture. It’s sweet and chewy from the date, creamy, cheesy and tangy from the goat cheese, and crunchy, salty and a little smokey from those amazing Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds. The stuffed dates take no more than 10 minutes to make and they are surprisingly filling too. So ditch the chips and reach for one of these tasty smoked almond and goat cheese stuffed dates!
Smoked Almond and Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
- 12 medjool dates
- 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup Blue Diamond Almonds Smokehouse Almonds, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut a slit lengthwise in the medjool dates and remove the seed.
- In a small bowl stir together the softened goat cheese, chopped almonds, salt and pepper until they are well combined.
- Stuff each date with some of the almond goat cheese mixture.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
If you make the dates ahead of time and refrigerate them, remove them from the refrigerator 10-15 minutes before serving so they soften a bit.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g
Dianne Ellis says
I made these yesterday for our card date and they were the first to go! Delicious. :)
Thanks for trying them Dianne! I’m so happy to hear they were a hit!
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
Oh man, I can only imagine how good these bites taste with the smoky flavors of the almonds, goat cheese, and those dates! Definitely rest up this weekend before the big feast next week!
Thanks Lisa! I hope you had a restful weekend as well!
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
I could stand to sit down and watch some football if these bites were happening. That’s for sure! This is such a great idea and I love how easy they are. And the smoky-ness from the almonds sounds awesome!
Thanks Liz, it definitely makes football watching more tolerable! The smoky-ness is awesome with the goat cheese and dates!
I just bought dates and made energy bites with them. Dates are so versatile. I love this idea for an appetizer at Thanksgiving or really any time of the year. They look awesome!!
Thanks Julia! I love using dates for both sweet and savory snacks!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Now this is one healthy game day snack! Love the combo of sweet dates and savory goat cheese – with the smoked almonds for texture and taste! Fabulous!