These chocolate covered peanut stuffed dates have the perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess to satisfy your sweet tooth and beat your hunger pang.
Do you find yourself reaching out for a sweet treat mid-day or during the evenings? These chocolate covered peanut stuffed dates might be perfect- they’ll curb those cravings and give you a little protein kick, so you can actually feel good about indulging.
What’s best is the fact that these are incredibly easy to put together- you can batch make them and store them in the refrigerator, so you always have a stock ready to raid from.
Ready to go ahead and give these a shot? Keep reading to know more about making these the right way.
Ingredients For the Recipe
With just 5 simple ingredients to the name, this is one recipe you can’t go wrong with.
- 10 Medjool dates
- 2 tablespoon peanut butter
- ¼ cup chopped or crushed peanuts
- ½ cup dark chocolates for melting
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make the Chocolate Covered Peanut Stuffed Dates
Got all your ingredients and kitchen essentials ready? Here’s what you need to do next to make these peanut stuffed dates.
First, remove the pits of the dates if there are any.
Make a cut lengthwise and fill each date with ½ teaspoon peanut butter and some crushed peanuts.
Then close the dates and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Melt the chocolate together with the coconut oil and cover the dates with it.
I like to dip them using a fork. Then I can shake off the excess chocolate.
Place them back in the lined dish and leave them until the chocolate has set. Decorate on top with some broken peanuts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Medjool dates are the best choice for this recipe, simply because they’re healthier and have a very soft, appealing texture. If you’re unable to find them, you can use any other dates. Remember that softer dates will most likely have a pit, and you’ll need to remove it before you proceed with the steps.
You can also buy dried dates, which, most likely, already have their seeds removed.
Peanut butter has a flavor that goes so well with the sweetness of the dates, and if you opt for creamy peanut butter, it is a match made in heaven. If you don’t have peanut butter or are just on the lookout for an alternative, opt for almond butter or sunflower seed butter.
You don’t necessarily have to stick to creamy nut butter- the chunky version works just as well, especially if you love the texture it brings.
This recipe calls for chopped peanuts to be used as a topping, but you don’t need to restrict yourself to just that. You could use any other chopped nuts of your choice- walnuts, almonds, and even pistachios. These will lend a nice bit of texture to the dates, and will also make them healthier.
If you’re not too keen on using nuts, you can opt for desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, sea salt flakes, or just stick to the good old mini chocolate chips. And if nothing else works, you can just sprinkle some unsweetened cocoa powder on the peanut butter to bring in some additional flavor and deliciousness.
You can definitely try replicating the recipe with any other nut of your choice. Almonds, for instance, taste great when paired with dates, so you can use almond butter as a stuffing, and then top the dates with crushed almonds for some texture.
You could also create these in 2-3 different flavor variations if you want to serve them to some guests you’re entertaining- they can make for great finger food and a healthy snack to enjoy before you set the dinner table.
Your chocolate-covered peanut stuffed dates can last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Remember to store them in an airtight container, and avoid overcrowding or stacking too many in the same container, or they’ll turn into one big mushy mess.
Freezing these dates is a possibility, but you’ll first need to freeze them until they’re solid and then transfer them to a container or a freezer-safe bag.
Tips to Make the Chocolate Covered Peanut Stuffed Dates
Think you’re ready to give the recipe a try? Keep these little tips in mind to make the most of your efforts.
- Be particular about the kind of dates you pick for this recipe- they can literally have a major impact on the end result. Ideally, it is best to choose soft dates that look plump and don’t have any wrinkles on them, unless you are deliberately opting for dried dates.
- When cutting the dates, make sure you don’t cut them all the way through- just enough so that you can stuff them with peanut butter.
- Want an extra pump of flavor and crunch to your chocolate covered peanut stuffed dates? Top them with some fresh pomegranate arils or some dried cranberries before you serve them.
- Not too sure about dunking the dates entirely in the melted chocolate? You can use a spoon or a nozzle to drizzle some of that melted chocolate on the dates in nice zig-zag pattern so that it looks fancy, and then allow them to set.
- If you don’t want to melt the chocolate at all, just throw some chocolate shavings on the peanut butter portion. Easy peasy!
- Your stuffed dates can also make for a nice topping on any of your homemade desserts- trifles, cheesecakes and so much more.
Enjoyed trying out this creative snack cum dessert? Interested in checking out some more such cool recipes? Here are a few quick links to some of the best ones.
- Chocolate Covered Raspberry Yogurt Bonbons
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- 10 Medjool dates
- 2 tablespoon (32g) peanut butter
- ¼ cup (32g) chopped or crushed peanuts
- ½ cup (85g) dark chocolates for melting
- 1 teaspoon (5g) coconut oil
- First, remove the pits of the dates if there are any.
- Make a cut lengthwise and fill each date with ½ teaspoon peanut butter and some crushed peanuts.
- Then close the dates and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate together with the coconut oil and cover the dates with it.
- I like to dip them using a fork. Then I can shake off the excess chocolate.
- Place them back in the lined dish and leave them until the chocolate has set. Decorate on top with some broken peanuts.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g