Dates with Coconut

Dates stuffed with coconut are a sweet treat that can be resisted by few and that is suitable for most people with dietary restrictions.

It is a delicious and easy to prepare combination. And it stores well so can be made in advance for lunch boxes, a quick snack or an elegant sweet bite for unexpected guests or a party.

In the photo, the dates are served with chocolate-coated walnuts. This too makes a good combo.

The walnuts need no recipe – 60 gm melted chocolate will coat the top half of 30 walnuts. I use the chocolate I make myself, which includes coconut oil ensuring that the flavours of these snacks complement one another. This ‘homemade’ chocolate is suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets.

Diets for which Dates with Coconut are suitable:

Diary Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegetarian and Vegan. (The chocolate-coated walnuts are suitable for the Fodmap diet.)


Preparation: 10 mins | Serves: 15 pieces

1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 tbsp coconut oil
15 dates*


CUT a long slit in the date and remove the stone. (The date remains in one piece.)
MIX the coconut oil and desiccated coconut in a processor to create a solid block of coconut mix. (A hand held processor is adequate.)
SPOON approximately one teaspoon of the coconut mix into each date.
STORE in an airtight container.


– Suitable for a party, a packed lunch or a snack at any time.


* Select fresh dates or dates that are moist. (Note: dates that are not fresh may have sulphites, a preservative, added.)

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