These decadent Easy Vegan Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates are inspired by Devils on Horseback and the many variations of the aforementioned I served while working in hip restaurants. I used to describe them to customers as “meat candy” and they were always a hit.
I thought about trying to cutesy up the name and call them Angels on Horseback, but apparently those already exist and they contain both bacon and oysters. My apologies to Katy Perry’s mom, who calls deviled eggs angeled eggs. This information is in my brain because of an episode of MTV’s Catfish in which a young guy wholeheartedly believes he’s been having an online relationship with Katy Perry—for six years.
To make these tasty bite-sized treats much more like Devils on Horseback but vegan-ized, you can hollow them out, stuff them and then wrap them in vegan bacon and bake or broil until crispy. If you want a hint of vegan bacon-y flavor, top with these Addictive Coconut Bacon Flakes.
It’s been said that it wasn’t an apple that befell Eve, but a date. Dates are wonderfully sweet with notes of rich caramel. They are addictive and great snacks to enjoy as they are, minus the pit.
Date syrup is rich, liquid, caramel-y sweet nectar of the heavens. I’m into this stuff. What do you eat it with? What don’t you eat it with! I’ve eaten things just so I could have a vehicle for this stuff.
- Plant-milk Chai Lattes
- Golden Milk
- On cereal
- Drizzled over oatmeal
- On vanilla vegan ice cream
- In baked goods
- Get crazy & be meta, dip dates in it!
Use Personal Taste with Vegan Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates
This is a recipe template for an easy snack or cocktail party hors d’oeuvres with a few optional variations. The great thing about this recipe is that while you are eating these Vegan Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates you might come up with even more things to make them special. Go there. Trust your instincts.
Summary of Extras & Variations
- Herbs on top such as basil, Thai basil or mint leaves
- Vegan bacon-wrapped—store-bought, carrot, rice bacon or whatever you’ve got or sprinkle with Addictive Coconut Bacon Flakes.
- Nuts—place toasted walnuts or Easy Stove Top Maple Pecans right into the vegan cream cheese.
- Drizzled with date syrup, balsamic vinegar or a mix of the two.
- Sub a different vegan cheese like Lux Vegan Macadamia Ricotta
Super Simple, Super Luxurious
Literally just cut the date in half and stuff with vegan cream cheese (store bought or homemade). I do this a lot. Sometimes we put them under the broiler and drizzle them with this date syrup or this date syrup. Alternatively, you could flash broil the date and then top it with vegan cream cheese after it’s warm, soft and out of the oven.
Let’s Make Vegan Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates
Cut the dates in half lengthwise, removing pits.
Stuff with vegan cream cheese, homemade or store-bought.
You can stop here or you can do more things.
Turn on the broiler. Pop them under the boiler on a pan (I line with a small piece of foil) to make them warm and toasty. It doesn’t take long, avoid burning.
Plate them, sticking half an Easy Stovetop Maple Pecan in each one. Drizzle the plate with some date syrup and add basil or Thai basil leaves and a tiny, scant pinch of flaked sea salt. Enjoy. If you are making this for guests, try not to eat them all before everyone shows up.
Easy Vegan Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates
- 1/8 – 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese, link goes to recipe, homemade or store bought
- 3 Medjool dates cut in half lengthwise, pit removed
- 6 Easy Stovetop Maple Pecans, link goes to recipe Optional
- drizzle of date syrup Optional
- scant pinch flaked sea salt Optional
- Cut the dates in half lengthwise, removing pits.
- Stuff with vegan cream cheese, homemade or store-bought.
- You can stop here or you can do more things.
- Turn on the broiler. Pop them under the boiler on a pan (I line with a small piece of foil) to make them warm and toasty. It doesn't take long, avoid burning.
- Plate them, sticking half an Easy Stovetop Maple Pecan in each one. Drizzle the plate with some date syrup and add basil or Thai basil leaves and a tiny, scant pinch of flaked sea salt. Enjoy. If you are making this for guests, try not to eat them all before everyone shows up.
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Did You Make Some Easy Vegan Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates?
Are you hooked? Any variations? Did your guests make them disappear? Tell me about it in the comments section below.