I love playing hostess. Whether guests are staying the night or just coming over for a good time, I LOVE it. I’m not sure when this revelation hit me, but it is certainly a fact today. I suppose it makes sense as I am both extremely social and an avid lover of all things food and in the kitchen. So naturally, I get excited when I develop a new recipe that is perfect for entertaining. I introduce to you, my Walnut and Cashew Cheese Stuffed Dates!
These delicious, bite-sized morsels are salty, sweet, crunchy, and chewy….my kind of snack! They are loaded with protein and fiber and I guarantee you won’t be able to eat just one. They are slightly cheesy with a sweet coating and then the walnut brings a nice crunch to the mix. They make a beautiful display if you lay them out on a bed of lettuce or if you aren’t entertaining and just want them all to yourself, a nice airtight container would do the trick for storing them…if you have any leftover.
What is you favorite party snack? I am working on a little something for Superbowl weekend, but I am curious what you guys have created in the past for entertaining. Finger foods are always so fun! Let me know in the comments below!
Also, if you make these tasty treats, snap a pic and tag me @peppers_peaches on instagram and/or twitter and use my hashtag #peppersandpeaches so I can see for myself 🙂
- 15-20 dates (about 1½ cups or so)
- cashew cheese (recipe below)
- 15-20 walnuts
- Cashew cheese:
- 1 cup cashews (soaked if you do not have a high powered blender)
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
- Combine cashew cheese ingredients in your blender until perfectly smooth. If mixture seems too thick to be able to squirt into dates, add a little more milk to thin it out.
- Cut a slit into one side of each date.
- Pour/scoop cashew cheese into a plastic bag or squirt bottle. Cut one corner off of the plastic bag if using that so you can pipe the cheese into the dates.
- Squirt a sizable amount of cheese into a date, then stuff a walnut in right after. Continue this process until all dates are filled with cheese and a walnut.
- If you have leftover cheese use it as a dip or topping for some Mexican food....or anything that you think needs a little cheeziness!