20 Recipes Made Sweeter with Dates

20 Recipes Made Sweeter with Dates

Kelli Foster
May 19, 2017
(Image credit: Jerrelle Guy)

Next time you wander through the produce section to pick up some dates (yes, that is the best place to find them at the grocery store!), you might want to grab a few extra. This fruit has a deep, caramel-like flavor that makes everything from smoothies and energy bars to salads and cookies even sweeter. Here are 20 recipes that show you how to harness the sweetness of dates in almost any kind of dish.


Dates come with a blissful natural sweetness that can make smoothies feel like an after-dinner treat. They're also full of fiber, which makes your morning smoothie a little more filling.


Yes, dates have a very welcome place in salads. They bring a caramel-like sweetness and a toothsome, chewy texture the same way dried cranberries do. Consider this line-up below a jumping-off point for future salad inspiration.


Of course you can snack on dates out of hand, but if you find yourself with a surplus, why not dress them up a bit?


From grain-free pie and tart crusts to caramel candies and cookies, there's a lot that dates can do to sweeten desserts. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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