There are so many recipes with dates out there but we've zoned in on eight that highlight some of the best uses for this Middle Eastern fruit.
Dates are naturally sweet, sticky and sold dried. Their oval shape conceals a single pit that should be disposed of before cooking. This fruit is rich in fiber, antioxidants and minerals so it's not only delicious but also good for you.
Curious to know more? Check out these tasty recipes with dates and use them as inspiration for your next meal.
Tunisian Date Pastries
These semolina and date pastries fried in olive oil are simply addictive. In Tunisia, they are known as makroudh.
Cherry and Date Muffins
Cherries, dates and buckwheat make these muffins sweet, tangy and hearty. Just the thing to power up your morning or eat as a snack.
Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
Dates, blueberries, millet flour, chestnut flour and almond flour are the base of this delectable sugar-free and gluten-free muffin recipe.
Date and Pistachio Jam
Making jam is one of the best uses for dates. Not only because they sweeten but dates add body and texture to jams and preserves.
You'll especially love this recipe with dates, pistachios, ginger and red wine.
Indian Dry Fruit Pickle
Alternatively, dates are a fabulous addition to Indian pickles because they marry nicely with sour flavors and spices like cardamom and garam masala.
Mixed Greens and Date Salad
Yes, dates are divine in sweets but don't overlook how much they can dress up a salad.
Toss them with apples, berries, mixed greens and herbs and you've got yourself a satisfying salad you can enjoy on its own or with grilled meats.
Matcha Green Tea Latte with Dates
Pureed dates are a great natural sweetener to add to beverages such as this green tea matcha latte but you can add them to smoothies, iced coffee and more.
No Bake Vegan Cheesecake Bites
If you are into vegan baking you'll enjoy these tasty cheesecake bites - a date and walnut crust ensure no dairy or gluten is used.