Pistachio Stuffed Dates

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With Thanksgiving coming up next week, it’s definitely time to start sharing recipes for the holidays! I’ve been whipping these pistachio stuffed dates up and impressing family members on Thanksgiving for at least five years, so it is about time you get to enjoy them, too. Since these aren’t the prettiest of all my recipes, I showed a picture and polled my Instagram followers to see if they were still worth posting on the blog. I had an overwhelming 96% say YES, so lucky you, you get to eat these delicious things, too.
pistachio stuffed dates

Pistachio Stuffed Dates Pre-Workout

The best thing about this super simple recipe is that it also works as a pre-workout snack. One of my favorite things to nosh on before a sweat session is a large Medjool date that I often dip in peanut butter or almond butter. I think the flavor of the pistachios works even better though, and the texture is perfect to make ahead, store in the fridge, and eat later.
holiday pistachio appetizer

Holiday Appetizers & Recipes

Whether you choose to whip up these pistachio stuffed dates to have out before you serve dinner to holiday guests, or have it out with desserts for a bite-sized nutrient dense option, I’m sure everyone will love it. If you’re looking for more holiday appetizers, try my crowd-pleasing Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus, which gets a flavor boost from seasonal ingredients and spices and pairs nicely with veggies and crackers.

All set for appetizers this holiday season? Check out my all time favorite Thanksgiving side, Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Cranberriesor my go-to Refined Sugar-Free Cranberry SauceI’ll also be on Good Day Philadelphia this Wednesday morning to share more plant-based Thanksgiving sides even carnivores will love, and the blog will highlight them that day, too!

Pistachio Stuffed Dates Recipe

vegan, gluten-free, *contains nuts
vegan date appetizer

pistachio stuffed dates

Pistachio Stuffed Dates

These 2-ingredient pistachio stuffed dates are a super simple holiday appetizer that's also perfect as a pre-workout snack!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup salted shelled pistachios
  • 12-16 Medjool dates
  • Optional toppings: crushed pistachios, unsweetened coconut flakes or hemp seeds


  • Add the pistachios to a food processor and pulse until you’ve created the texture of a paste, but not quite a nut butter. Time varies by processing device.
  • With a pairing knife, slice straight through the top of each date, allowing you to carefully remove the pit, and have enough room to stuff the date with the pistachio paste.
  • Spoon enough of the pistachio mixture into each date so that it is filled.
  • If desired, press toppings into the pistachio mixture.
  • Serve or store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 7-10 days.
Keyword pistachio stuffed dates
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