almond stuffed dates

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A New Way to Enjoy a Middle Eastern Staple
We love dates for their long shelf life (they'll last in the pantry up to a year, sealed in an airtight container), and their ability to add creaminess (but not so many calories) to everything from smoothies to brownies. Yet here's another attribute worth admiring: The cavity left behind by the pit is perfect for stuffing. Slide an almond (any kind, from raw to salted to roasted) into the oval-shaped hole and enjoy the interplay of creamy and crunchy, sweet and savory.