Peanut butter-filled chocolate-covered dates
Peanut butter & seeds filling a sweet Medjool date, dipped in homemade dairy-free chocolate – awesome snack!
You know you’re a foodie when … That was a question raised on Instagram recently and my reply was ‘You know you’re a foodie when you wake up in the middle of the night dreaming of food combinations. And then get up to make them’. Ok, so I haven’t actually gone through with the getting up to make things in the middle of the night, but I have definitely woken up (or couldn’t get to sleep) because I was contemplating new recipes. And this recipe for an awesome healthy snack was borne in my brain when I should have been thinking of work (sorry boss, but I did finish my work before trying this at home!).
I guess you could probably use just straight peanut butter to fill in your pitted dates, but I wanted to make it a little bit more nutritional. And I guess you could just melt some chocolate (dairy-free if needed) to dip your filled dates, but I must just be a glutton for punishment. So I made my own. And this combination is AWESOME. The only problem is they are best straight out of either the freezer or the fridge. But I had them out for a while when I was trialling the recipe, and no one complained about the little amount of melted chocolate on their fingers. I mean, who would?
So try this. Please. Your guests will thank you!
- 12 Medjool dates
- 1 tbs (14g) coconut oil
- 1/2 cup (125g) crunchy peanut butter
- 1 1/2 tbs (12g) flaxseed meal
- 1 1/2 tbs (15g) chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- Pit the Medjool dates and set aside
- Combine all the ingredients for the filling together and spoon into cavities in the dates.
- Combine all the ingredients for the chocolate together in a separate mixing bowl.
- Thread toothpicks into the dates and dip into chocolate.
- Store on parchment paper in the freezer until the chocolate hardens.
- Serve immediately after removing from freezer and store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.
- There will be leftover chocolate from this recipe - keep in the freezer for use as chocolate chips in cookies, or fudge, or as frosting.