Healthy Dessert Recipe: 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 & 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.
Instant energy booster, combats allergies, cholesterol-free, protein-rich, high fibre, fights abdominal cancer, reduces risk of strokes, treats anaemia, slows down tooth decay, increases sexual stamina, keeps your mind sharp, strengthens nervous system, relieves hangovers, easily digested, suppress hunger, adjusts body pH, and many more!
Reduces bad cholesterol, prevents Type 2 diabetes, improves blood composition, maintains a healthy nervous system, protects eye health, strengthens immune system, promotes beautiful skin, very low in calories.
- 1 cup / 250 gms of pitted dates (You can use any soft ripe date, but I used Medjool.)
- ½ cup / 125 gms of roughly chopped pistachios (unroasted, unsalted)
- 3 tsps of butter
The ingredients are shown in the photo below.
Directions With Photo Tutorial
- 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.
Once heated up, the dates will start becoming softer, almost ‘melting’. At this stage, begin mashing up the dates with your spoon.
- Continue mashing up the dates for 5 minutes. Make sure you keep stirring, 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 ½ tsp of butter. Get your pistachio dates mass and drop it on to the tray.
7. Using the back of a large spoon, begin evenly spreading the pistachio-date fudge on the tray. Spread the last ½ tsp of butter on to the fudge and pat it down for a glossy surface.
8. Pop it in the fridge and allow 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!
Nutrition Facts for Pistachio Date Fudge
|Serving size: One bite-sized piece of Pistachio Date Fudge|
|Calories from Fat||9|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 1 g||2%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 18 g||6%|
|Sugar 16 g|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
It's a Pocket Friendly Recipe!
To prove that this is a very pocket-friendly dessert, let’s take a look at how much it cost me. I bought 1 kg of high-quality Medjool dates for the equivalent of $16. 1 KG of pistachios cost me $12. This recipe uses 250 gms of Medjool dates (cost: $4) & 125 gms of pistachio (cost: $1.50); so the total cost of this recipe is just $5.5. Worth every penny, don’t you agree?
Cut Them Large, Cut Them Small!
I later ended up cutting each of these four cracker-sized pieces into further 4 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!
Things to Do With Pistachio Date Fudge
1. 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 watch the flavours burst in your mouth.
2. 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!
3. Serve 'em!
This Pistachio Date Fudge can make a decadent dessert for any party. Serve them as they are, or get creative and use them as sides to ice cream or custard.
4. Store 'em!
Keep your fudges in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep fresh for a week, but I doubt they will last that long!