Want an Easter treat that is simple to make, needs only a few ingredients and adaptable? Make these stuffed dates crammed with nut butter and dipped in chocolate with toppings of your choice!
These delicious healthy treats are suitable for Easter and of course other times of the year. After all, Easter wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate! I love them as a treat with a cup of tea after a meal or as a pre- or post-workout snack.
These make a lovely gift, especially for a healthy foodie; just place in a gift box or jam jar and label up! I love the way they resemble oval-ish shapes; a bit like Easter eggs. So for those of you looking for an Easter gift or treat, it is not too late!
These stuffed dates are quick to make and deliciously decadent tasting, yet good for you. I find the sweet combination of caramel gooey Medjool dates mixed with nut butter, and dark chocolate shell so irresistible! The hardest part is waiting for the chocolate to set.
These treats are suitable for vegans, coeliacs and those following a refined-sugar free diet, but these are so delicious, I think anybody would love them! You can also make them nut free by using sunflower seed or pumpkin seed butter.
Preparation time: 15 mins. Setting time: 30 mins-1hr
- 12 Medjool dates (you can use other ones too, but these are my favourite)
- 12 heaped teaspoons of nut butter of choice (peanut butter, almond, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, cashew butter are perfect options)
- 70g dark chocolate (you can use milk or white chocolate if preferred)
- Goji berries
- Crushed or sliced nuts like almonds, macadamias, peanuts, walnuts
- Desiccated coconut
- Cacao nibs
- Protein crispies, quinoa crispies, dried raspberries
- Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
- Ground flaxseed, chia seeds
- Alternatively, use 1-2 packets of Strawberry, Goji and Pistacho mix which is a yummy nutritious mix of dried strawberries, goldenberries, gojis, almonds, pistachios, cacao nibs and sunflower seeds)
- Simply slice each date lengthwise along the top to allow the seed to be removed, but to not completely slice through the date.
- Using a teaspoon, scoop a large teaspoon of nut butter of your choice into the middle of each date. Repeat until all dates are filled.
- Line a plate or tray that will fit in your fridge with greaseproof paper.
- Melt your chocolate in the microwave or using a bain-marie. Whilst melting the chocolate, place your toppings into separate little bowls ready for dipping!
- Carefully half dip each date into the molten chocolate and then dip into the topping of choice, then place on the greaseproof paper-lined plate or tray. Decorate with toppings of choice. I love how the berries add a spark of colour as well as nutrition. Drizzle over with any remaining melted chocolate if desired.
- Repeat until all are decorated. Then place in the fridge for 1 hr until the chocolate it set and eat! If very hungry, you can set for half the time in the freezer! (But mine is usually too full!)
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