Dream Dates

by May 16, 2024North Brunswick, Recipes, Southern Sandi

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy, date-based treat.

It never fails: I eat a nice healthy meal and immediately after I begin craving something sweet.

While I have been known to indulge in some not-so-healthy, sugary snacks and desserts, it is nice to have a healthier option for myself and my family, especially during the spring season when I am trying to lose my winter weight. That’s why I love these Chocolate-Covered, Peanut Butter-Stuffed Dates. These are the perfect solution when I am yearning for something sweet that won’t send me into a sugar coma.

This sweet and savory treat consists of chewy dates, creamy peanut butter, sweet cocoa and crunchy salt that you can feel good about eating.

The first time I tried stuffed dates was when I received a Harry & David gift basket at Christmas. It was delivered to my home in a nice wooden crate overflowing with different types of popcorn, chocolate-covered cherries, pears and dried fruits. Among the array of snacks were some peanut butter-stuffed dates. They were so delicious, I had to try to make them myself.

I will note that these stuffed dates are gluten-free and vegan, but I assure you, it does not take away from the flavor.

Dates are a sweet fruit that contain fiber, minerals, potassium, antioxidants and prebiotics. They can be purchased fresh, dried or wet. For this recipe I use large dried dates called Medjool dates. Deglet Noor dates are another option, but they are typically smaller and harder to stuff.

I have chosen to stuff these dates with peanut butter, which is a healthy fat and a great source of plant-based protein. However, peanut butter can be an unhealthy ingredient if used in excess. If you have a peanut allergy, feel free to substitute sunflower butter or blue cheese chunks.

You can certainly melt chocolate chips/chunks and drizzle over the stuffed dates, but I think mixing coconut oil with cocoa powder creates a much smoother consistency and makes it easier to drizzle or dip. Coconut oil also has many potential health benefits including blood sugar control and reducing cholesterol. If you want to switch it up, you can use Nutella as an alternative to the cocoa mixture.

I love the extra crunch from the coarse sea salt, and I enjoy the combination of sweet and salty. If you do not want to use the salt but still want to incorporate the crunch aspect, then you can use crushed pistachios. However you make these dates, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Photography by James Stefiuk

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Chocolate Covered, Peanut Butter-Stuffed Dates
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy, date-based treat.
Stuffed Dates Chocolate
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Dessert, Snack
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Dessert, Snack
Servings
Ingredients
Stuffed Dates Chocolate
Instructions
  1. Slice open each date and remove the pit.
  2. Fill each date with a spoonful of peanut butter.
  3. To make the chocolate, add coconut oil to a small bowl and microwave 30 seconds until melted. Stir in the cocoa powder until completely mixed. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Drizzle the chocolate over the dates and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.