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Goat Cheese and Cranberry Stuffed Dates

June 3, 2011

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These chewy, warm treats can be served as a snack, hors d’oeuvre, or dessert. Although they are rather pretty-looking, they are actually ridiculously easy to make. Warning: they’re highly addictive. And since dates are naturally very high in sugar, it’s probably best to simply buy only as many dates as you plan to eat, rather than testing your willpower (I speak from experience…).

Ingredients:

– 16 Medjool dates
– 1 small log of goat cheese (approx. 4 oz)
– 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
– a handful of nuts, chopped (macadamia or pecan work well)

Preparation

1. Slice open the dates lengthwise to remove the pits.

2. Combine cranberries and goat cheese.

3. Stuff goat cheese mixture into dates.

4. Sprinkle stuffed dates with nuts.

5. Broil on parchment-lined baking sheet for approx. 4 minutes – just long enough to warm up the dates without burning the nuts.

6. Serve warm and gooey.

Notes: This recipe is very forgiving – don’t worry about the measurements. Just grab as many dates as you want to use, some goat cheese, dried cranberries and whatever nuts you have on hand. As long as you end up with dates that have cheese and cranberries in them, with some nuts on top, you’re good to go!

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Hamsa Vicerra June 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

These look incredible! Cranberries, nuts & dates are on my Top 10 list of favorite foods & goat cheese is a runner-up. I can’t wait to try these.

I’m not a paleo-person-I found your website when I googled coconut manna, & I’ve gotten really interested. I’m not a heavy meat eater, but I’m finding I need more protein than I’ve been eating. I’m getting tired of eggs, tofu doesn’t leave me feeling quite as balanced as it used to, so…Just from my brief look, paleo deems pretty low-glycemic too, yes? That’s important to me-I just spent about 2 1/2 wks. eating a strict low glycemic detoxifying/nourishing diet, & my energy was the best it has been in ages.

Cheers!
Hamsa

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[email protected] June 9, 2011 at 10:18 PM

They’re incredibly tasty, hope you like them!

By default, paleo generally ends up being low-glycemic, since foods that are low in carbohydrates tend to be low on the glycemic index, and paleo is low-carb, relative to the Standard American Diet. I don’t know if you’ve looked at the Glycemic Load, which you might find more useful. Also, here are a couple of good posts about the Glycemic Index:

1) http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/03/its-time-to-let-go-of-glycemic-index.html
2) http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/11/fructose-index-is-new-glycemic-index.html

(Basically, it might just be more helpful to look at total carb and fructose intake, rather than GI).

Glad to hear your energy’s up – all this diet stuff is definitely worth tinkering with!

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