We know 鈥 when you have a taste for fruit, it鈥檚 usually for an apple, pear, or even an orange. Dates are nowhere near the top of the list, but all of that is about to change. The small, energy-boosting fruit is a good source of vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin K, and minerals like calcium, iron, and potassium. For 12 date dessert recipes, read below for some inspiration.

1. Healthy Date Squares: This chewy square recipe allows the sweetness of the dates to shine with very little extra sugar. But no worries, the flavor is still on point. (via Lively Mess)

2. Healthy Fig Newtons: These childhood favorites have always been considered of the healthiest cookies, even if they were store-bought. In this case, they鈥檙e made with just eight ingredients and naturally sweetened by the dates. (via Minimalist Baker)

3. Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites: Whether you鈥檙e balling on a court or just going for a jog, pop these cuties in your mouth for a burst of energy. Roll them in your favorite freeze-dried fruit, nuts, or even powders for some added color and nutrients. (via Will Cook for Friends)

4. Magic Cookie Bars With Dates: They鈥檙e called magic bars because they鈥檒l disappear faster than you can say *abracadabra.* (via Eclectic Recipes)

5. Ginger Date Pudding: The name already lets you know that it鈥檚 going to be spicy and sweet, with an insane texture. The halved walnuts give it an extra texture that鈥檚 going to make you melt (just like the sauce). (via Dessert First Girl)

6. Sugared Walnut Stuffed Dates: For a simple dessert to cure your sweet tooth, reach for one of these stuffed dates. They鈥檙e rolled in unrefined cane sugar, and inside is a walnut prize giving the already sweet snack quite a balance. (via Salted Plains)

7. Oatmeal Muffins With Raisins, Dates, and Walnuts: A chill is in the air, but that doesn鈥檛 mean that you can鈥檛 switch up the breakfast routine. Instead of a bowl of oatmeal, grab your muffin pan for a soft muffin spiced with cinnamon and brown sugar. Eat one warm (or chilled) with a cup of herbal tea. (via Simply Recipes)

8. Almond Cake With Dates: This gluten-free treat is semi-sweet, crumbly, and moist. It鈥檚 a more dense cake made with almond flour, and it keeps well. (via Omnivores Cookbook)

9. Date Bread: This easy recipe is deliciously dangerous with its inviting moistness and pieces of sweet dates and chopped pecans. (via Stephie Cookes)

10. Tahini-Stuffed Dates: We admit it; this is one of those recipes that make you go HUH?, but there鈥檚 no denying the genius of it. Think about it: creamy tahini sauce encased in a sweet date and rolled into vegan chocolate. (via Minimialist Baker)

11. Date Cookies: There鈥檚 nothing more simple yet delicious than a good old butter cookie with pecans. Toss in some chopped dates and you have the perfect end to an evening for adults and children alike. (via Torey Avey)

12. German Chocolate Bakes: For this recipe, dates, pecans, and coconut flakes dance in the food processor to make the soft center. (via Plaid and Paleo)

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