If your dates start looking a little dry, just soak them in warm water for about 5-10 minutes and they will perk up. Remove dates from water, pit, chop, and add to your recipe.
Toasting walnuts is an extra step, but in my opinion so worth it! Toasting nuts is super easy and really brings out the flavor in the nut so give it a try! When purchasing nuts, I typically buy organic because I can tell a difference in the taste. Store nuts in the fridge in a glass container and they will keep longer.
Learn how to toast nuts here.