Food / Ramadan

How to Use all Those Dates!

Eid Mubarak everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Eid full of yummy food, friends, and family. We went to prayers at our local masjid,  and then headed to the park for a picnic. We topped off the day with ice cream and presents for the kids.

Now that I’ve cleared away all the wrapping paper and decorations, I’m left with a HUGE pile of dates. Muslims all over the world break their fast with a date and water, just as the Prophet (PBUH) did hundreds of years ago.

We inevitably end up with large quantities of uneaten dates at the end of Ramadan. While I enjoy eating them plain (or with an almond stuffed inside), variety is always good. I scoured Pinterest for ideas and recipes for all that dried fruit. Here are some of my favorites!


Stuffed Baked Apples – Family Fresh Cooking


  • The homemade Larabars from Leite’s Culinaria are sweetened with our Ramadan favorite, dates! Larabars are all the rage these days among the fitness buffs, but they can be pricey. This recipe comes with 17 variations, everything from Dark Chocolate Brownie to Cherry Pie to Cashew Cookie. These versatile bars require no cooking and take about forty minutes to make.

Sinless Samoas – Eating Bird Food

  • These sinless Samoas by Eating Bird Food are a delicious variation of the tried and true date ball recipe. These six ingredient “cookies” are the perfect gift for that Eid party this weekend.

Date Pinwheel Ice Box Cookies – Wives with Knives

  • These date pinwheel icebox cookies from Wives with Knives take a little longer to make, because the dough requires chilling.  But, they are simple to make using pantry ingredients. Aren’t they totally adorable with that swirl of date filling?

Kale and Apple Salad – Food Network

  • Looking for something more savory? This kale and apple salad by Food Network is studded with dates and nuts. It’s dressed with a simple lemon dressing and pecorino cheese. Yum!

What are you making with your leftover dates? I’d love to hear about it.


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