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Healthy Pistachio Date Fudge Dessert Recipe (No Sugar)

Dates and nuts are both superfoods. Combine them in one completely sugarless and healthy dessert and enjoy a guilt-free pistachio date fudge.

Dates and nuts are both superfoods. Combine them in one completely sugarless and healthy dessert and enjoy a guilt-free pistachio date fudge.

Ah, pistachio date fudge. It sounds exotic, expensive, and demanding, right? Today, we’re going to find out that this dessert is actually one of the quicker, cheaper, and less demanding desserts to make.

This is one of those treats that makes it seem like a lot of work was put into it, yet actually, it takes less than 20 minutes (excluding cooling and setting time) to make. In fact, if you've read the title, you pretty much know how to make it. Yes, it's that simple.

However, it is also easy to have it go wrong—too much cooking, and it will get crusty and hard; too little cooking, and it will be chewy and floppy. Whether you are a seasoned cook or a complete novice in the kitchen, this simple pistachio date fudge recipe with step-by-step pictorials and helpful tips, is guaranteed to wow your guests and friends. Before that, let's take a quick look at why this fudge is the healthiest fudge yet.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup / 250 grams pitted dates (you can use any soft ripe date, but I used Medjool)
  • 1/2 cup / 125 grams roughly chopped pistachios (unroasted, unsalted)
  • 3 teaspoons butter

The ingredients are shown in the photo below.

These are the only ingredients you will need to make your Pistachio Date Fudge. Yes, really!

These are the only ingredients you will need to make your Pistachio Date Fudge. Yes, really!

Directions

  1. In a deep, flat bottomed pan, heat 1 tsp of butter and allow it to melt. Pour in all of the dates, and stir them around with a wooden spoon until they start heating up.
  2. Once heated up, the dates will start becoming softer, almost ‘melting’. At this stage, begin mashing up the dates with your spoon.
  3. Continue mashing up the dates for 5 minutes. Make sure you keep stirring, or else they will stick to the bottom and burn quickly.
  4. After 5 minutes, the dates will have thoroughly melted and formed a mass. Now add 1 tsp of butter and begin stirring it around for just 2 minutes, for date mass to get a smooth, fudge-like consistency.
  5. Now add in the chopped pistachios and mix them well with the dates.
  6. Turn off the heat. Quickly get your plastic tray and grease it with 1/2 tsp of butter. Get your pistachio dates mass and drop it onto the tray.
  7. Using the back of a large spoon, begin evenly spreading the pistachio-date fudge on the tray. Spread the last 1/2 tsp of butter onto the fudge and pat it down for a glossy surface.
  8. Pop it in the fridge and allow it to cool for a minimum of 15 mins, ideally 30 to 60 minutes. Some of us can't help eating the majority of the fudge while it's still warm! When it’s done cooling, remove the tray from the fridge. Drop the cooled fudge onto a clean chopping board. Cut into equal pieces and serve.

Photo Guide

Stage one of cooking your pistachio date fudge.

Stage one of cooking your pistachio date fudge.

Stage two of cooking your fudge.

Stage two of cooking your fudge.

And finally, allow your date fudge to cool and set.

And finally, allow your date fudge to cool and set.

It's an Inexpensive Recipe

To prove that this is a very pocket-friendly dessert, let’s take a look at how much it cost me.

  • 250 grams Medjool dates: $4
  • 125 grams pistachio: $1.50
  • Total cost: $5.50

It's worth every penny, don’t you agree?

Cut Them Large or Cut Them Small

I later ended up cutting each of these four cracker-sized pieces into further four pieces, giving me 16 bite-sized pieces. I shared these simple-yet-wholesome and delicious date fudge squares with my friends, and the bowl was licked clean within seconds! Since then my buddies have constantly been begging me to make more, and I will soon. After all, it only takes 20 minutes!

You too can enjoy a health-packed, sugarless and easy to make, guilt-free dessert that has no  harmful |mystery" ingredients added. Perfect for all seasons!

You too can enjoy a health-packed, sugarless and easy to make, guilt-free dessert that has no harmful |mystery" ingredients added. Perfect for all seasons!

What to Do With Pistachio Date Fudge

  • Eat 'em! It’s easy to go on a date fudge binge, as you can't just have one! And that’s perfectly fine! Enjoy with a hot cup of strong black coffee, and observe the flavours burst in your mouth.
  • Gift 'em! Bite-sized fudge pieces can make incredibly easy, yet unique gifts. Simply wrap 'em up in small plastic wraps, cover with charming brown paper and tie a festive red ribbon on it.
  • Serve 'em! This makes a decadent dessert for any party. Serve them as they are, or get creative and use them as sides to ice cream or custard.
  • Store 'em! Keep your fudge in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep fresh for a week, but I doubt they will last that long!