Date-Nut Sandwich Spread

Date-nut Sandwich Spread Recipe

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Here's another winner from my copy of 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles. I contributed a pinch of spice to the recipe but it is optional.

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3/4 cup
10 Min
No-Cook or Other


1/2 c
dried dates, pitted ( for this recipe i chose deglet noor dates, *always* unsulphured)
2/3 c
cream cheese, softened (reduced fat cream cheese not recommended)
1/3 c
walnuts (you can substitute pecans, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, pine nuts)
1 pinch
ground cardamom or cinnamon (freshly grated nutmeg is good with this spread, too!)
sandwich bread, crackers, english muffins, crumpets, etc. to use with the spread

How to Make Date-Nut Sandwich Spread


  • 1Finely chop the dates either by hand. (use a wet knife-it makes slicing easier!) Or, place coarsely chopped dates in a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
  • 2Stir together the softened cream cheese and nuts by hand or add it to the food processor (along with the spice, if using. If using a food processor, process with the PULSE on/off function. Process the mixture until everything is combined and the dates are as finely chopped as possible.
  • 3Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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About Date-Nut Sandwich Spread

Course/Dish: Spreads
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian