Almond Stuffed Dates are a traditional Mexican candy. This version is made a little healthier!
These Almond Stuffed Dates are inspired by the traditional Mexican candy recipes made by the nuns in the convent. The nuns loved to use almonds in their sweets. Almond based candy is very similar to marzipan, which the nuns just adored.
I wanted to created a candy recipe inspired by the nuns, but make it a little bit healthier. In traditional almond stuffed dried fruits recipes, the almond flour paste has a lot of sugar. Since dates are natures candy, I really don't think you need a ton of extra sugar. When I first tested the recipe, I made it with the traditional amount of sugar. It was just too sweet. It taste just like traditional Mexican candy, very sweet.
I decided to retest the recipe again. This time without adding the cane sugar. Instead of using a lot of regular granulated sugar, the almond flour is sweetened with just a little bit of maple syrup. Maple syrup might not be traditional to Mexican candy recipes, but I really like the flavor of maple and almonds together.
These Almond Stuffed Dates are easy to make too! To make the almond paste, simply heat the water and maple syrup in a saucepan. Add in the almond flour. It just takes a few in minutes to make the almond paste. It's so easy and quick to make the almond filling! The pitted medjool dates get stuffed with the almond paste.
After stuffing the dates, I like to chill the Almond Stuffed Dates in the refrigerator. They taste really good chilled!
These Almond Stuffed Dates are:
Quick and easy to make
- 2 dozen Medjool dates
- 1 ½ Cups Almond Flour
- ⅓ Cup of Water
- 3-4 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup, or to taste
- Pinch of Salt, optional
- ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Slice the dates down the middle, only making sure to cut the top. You want to leave the bottom intact. Remove the pit. Continue until all the pits have been removed.
- Make the almond filling. In a saucepan, heat the water and maple syrup over medium heat. Add the almond flour and stir. Add the pinch of salt if using.
- Continue cooking for 2-4 minutes, until you have a smooth almond paste. Add vanilla extract and turn off the heat.
- Taste the almond paste and add more maple syrup if desired. Let cool for a few minutes.
- Fill each of the pitted dates with the almond filling.
- Store in the fridge if not serving right away.