Labneh Stuffed Dates

Try this delicious snack featured at our Open House this June!

Labneh is a nutritious, creamy cheese made from strained yogurt. It can be used in sweet or savory dishes. The only sweetener in this healthy dessert from comes from the natural sweetness of the dates, a local product of the Levant. Considered the king of dates, the Medjool is prized for their large size, extraordinary sweetness, and chewy texture. The pairing of yogurt, dried fruit, and nuts is common for dessert in the Levant.

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  • 1 cup yogurt cheese (make the night before)
  • 1 large orange, zested and supremed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 24 medjool dates, top sliced open and pit removed
  • ½ cup almonds or pistachios, toasted and chopped


1.  To make the yogurt cheese (make the night before or 2 days before for a thicker cheese), line a strainer with cheesecloth
or a thin linen towel and set over a bowl. If the cheesecloth is loosely woven, use a triple thickness. Pour the yogurt into
the sieve, then gather the edges of the cheesecloth and tie into a bag. Allow to sit in the refrigerator to drain.

2. Place the prepared dates on a flat surface. In a bowl, mix together the yogurt cheese, orange zest, vanilla, and mint. Fill
each date with some of the mixture. It is easiest to pipe the yogurt mixture into the dates with a pastry bag. Sprinkle the
dates with the nuts. Garnish the platter with the supremed orange slices and serve.

Servings: 12
Yield: 24 dates

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Learn about our innovative Natural Chef and Nutrition Consultant Training Programs, meet our wonderful staff, and hear about the passionate mission of Bauman College from Founder and President, Dr. Ed Bauman. Explore the location that interests you, enjoy a snack, and enter to win raffle prizes.

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