Have you ever had chocolate covered dates before? I actually watched a version of this recipe in a TikTok video so I knew I had to try it. I changed up the recipe a bit by adding different types of chocolate and adding in some honey-roasted peanuts for some extra crunch. Believe it or not, these chocolate covered dates actually taste like a healthy snickers bar. No, not exactly like it. But, the dates mimic the taste of caramel.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to a candy bar, these chocolate covered dates definitely do the trick. They may not look the tastiest, but I’m telling you, they are really delicious. Dates are such a great way to add sweetness to your diet without refined sugar. If you want to keep this recipe even healthier, you can use peanut butter and peanuts with no added sugar or ingredients. You can also use healthier chocolate, like Lily’s.
Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve used dates in a recipe on my blog. But if you’re looking for other recipes, click here.
Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Peanut Butter
12 pitted dates
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup peanuts (I used honey roasted)
4-6 oz chocolate (I used dark and milk)
Coconut oil (optional)
Make sure you pit your dates or buy pitted dates. Slice them down the middle, but not all the way through – only one half way through. Then add 1 tsp peanut butter to each date (until filled). Add 3-4 peanuts to each of the dates and then close the dates around the peanut butter and nuts. Dates vary in size, so just add as much peanut butter and peanuts as you can while still being able to close the date around the filling.
Once the dates are all stuffed, place them in the refrigerator until the peanut butter is chilled. Next, melt the chocolate by adding 1 tsp of coconut oil to your chocolate before melting in the microwave. The addition of coconut oil makes the chocolate much easier to coat and much less thick. I tried without the coconut oil and I found the chocolate consistency just too thick. Add just a little bit of oil at first because if you add too much the chocolate won’t harden. If you think the chocolate is too thick, add a bit more coconut oil.
Dip and coat the dates in the chocolate and let harden on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I put mine in the refrigerator to harden, but you can also let them harden at room temperature. If you want to make them look a bit prettier, add a bit of your leftover chocolate to a baggie, cut a small hole in the corner, and drizzle the chocolate over the chocolate covered dates in a zig-zag pattern.