Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates Recipe

Chocolate covered dates (dates are nature’s candy!) filled with roasted almonds and peanut butter; a no-bake, gluten free, healthy eggless quick dessert, made with just 4 ingredients!! These are great at a party, as an after-dinner bite or a healthy snack for kids. They also make a great edible gift. For a vegan option, use vegan chocolate.

Winters are the perfect time to enjoy juicy dates (full of fiber, vitamins and minerals with added bonus of iron content!) as a mid morning snack, in salads or as a substitute for dessert after lunch or dinner. You will find a jar of dates (good quality ones) like Mejdool dates on our counter throughout winter for anyone to pick one up as a quick snack.

Almonds (or any other nut) are the perfect nuts to gorge guilt free during winters (of course, keeping an eye on its calorie content!!).  We have always relished almonds soaked overnight and peeled as a pre-breakfast routine every day during the cold winter months!

Combining the two and smothering them with healthy dark chocolate, made perfect sense to me as a quick no-bake dessert! Biting into those chocolate covered almond filled dates seemed like a perfect adult treat but catch kids biting into whole almonds; never mind the chocolate!!

It got me thinking and with a full jar of freshly purchased crunchy peanut butter lying in my pantry, to entice the kids to eat dates, I decided to fill some of the dates with peanut butter!! Now, no complaints or funny faces from kids about nuts in their chocolate or dessert!!

The whole process is so simple: deseed dates, fill each with roasted almonds or peanut butter (or anything you fancy), melt your favorite kind of chocolate (I have used dark chocolate), dip each filled date in the smooth, satiny rich chocolate, and set them to harden on foil-lined pans. For an additional flavor, you can sprinkle sea salt or even chilli flakes on them. That is it!!! Now doesn’t that sound easy to make?

If you have any melted chocolate leftover, just dip some more roasted almonds in them and you have a bonus sweet treat-chocolate covered almonds!!

With winters still going to be around for another month or so (and Valentine Day coming soon), do try these decadent chocolate covered dates and other desserts made with dates and nuts like Eggless Date and Cashew nut cake, Cornflakes and dates laddoos or energy bites etc.

How to make Chocolate-Covered Dates with step-by-step method:

Preparing the pan in which to set the chocolate covered dates:

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and if using foil, lightly grease it and keep aside.

Preparing the dates for coating:

Slit the dates vertically with a sharp knife carefully so as to not cut them totally, and deseed; keep aside.

If you do not have roasted almonds, roast them in a preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Centigrade oven for about 6 to 8 minutes. Keep an eye on it; they may get burnt easily. Once roasted, remove from oven and let cool.

After the almonds have cooled, stuff each deseeded date (about 15) with one almond each and enclose them completely; keep aside.

Similarly, spoon rest of the deseeded dates with peanut butter and press tightly to enclose the peanut butter. Keep aside.

Melting the chocolate and coating the filled dates:

Place the chopped chocolates in a glass bowl tightly over a pan of simmering hot water. You can even melt chocolate using a microwave in 30 seconds bursts till fully melted.

Stir continuously until all the chocolate is melted into a smooth satiny mixture.

Remove from heat.

Dip each filled date with a spoon, turning until fully coated with chocolate.

Gently remove from the chocolate with a fork and tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate.

Place the dipped chocolates onto prepared pan.

Once all the dates have been lined up on the pan, sprinkle crushed sea salt (optional; if you like the sweet with salt combination) over the almond filled dates and silver balls over the peanut butter filled dates ( this avoids confusion between the almond filled and peanut butter filled dates!!).

Chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Once the chocolate has set, gently remove chocolate covered dates from the foil and serve at room temperature.

Enjoy!!!

Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates
Healthy juicy dates, stuffed with roasted almonds and peanut butter and covered with dark chocolate for a no-bake quick dessert bite!!
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3524 calories
593 g
14 g
133 g
45 g
58 g
921 g
499 g
494 g
0 g
62 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
921g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3524
Calories from Fat 1169
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 133g
204%
Saturated Fat 58g
288%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 48g
Cholesterol 14mg
5%
Sodium 499mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates 593g
198%
Dietary Fiber 66g
265%
Sugars 494g
Protein 45g
Vitamin A
20%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
61%
Iron
123%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 25 good quality dates
  2. 15 roasted whole almonds
  3. ¼ cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
  4. 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
Toppings
  1. Sea Salt (optional)
  2. Silver sugar balls (optional)
Preparing the pan in which to set the chocolate covered dates
  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and if using foil, lightly grease it and keep aside.
Preparing the dates for coating
  1. Slit the dates vertically with a sharp knife carefully as to not cut them totally and deseed; keep aside.
  2. If you do not have roasted almonds, roast them in a preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Centigrade oven for about 6 to 8 minutes. Keep an eye on it; they may get burnt easily. Once roasted, remove from oven and let cool.
  3. After the almonds have cooled, stuff each deseeded date (about 15) with one almond and enclose them completely; keep aside.
  4. Similarly, spoon rest of the deseeded dates with peanut butter and press tightly to enclose the peanut butter. Make sure the peanut butter does not ooze out. Keep aside.
Melting the chocolate
  1. Place the chopped chocolates in a glass bowl tightly over a pan of simmering hot water.
  2. Stir continuously until all the chocolate is melted into a smooth satiny mixture.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Dip each filled date with a spoon, turning until fully coated with chocolate.
  5. Gently remove from the chocolate with a fork and tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate.
  6. Place the dipped chocolates onto prepared pan.
  7. Once all the dates have been lined up on the pan, sprinkle crushed sea salt (optional; if you like the sweet with salt combination) over the almond filled dates and silver balls over the peanut butter filled dates ( this avoids confusion between the almond filled and peanut butter filled dates!!).
  8. Chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  9. Once the chocolate has set, gently remove chocolate covered dates from the foil and serve at room temperature.
  10. Enjoy!!!
Notes
  1. If you or your kids do not like whole almonds, you can fill with finely chopped nuts.
  2. The sky is the limit as far as the filling is concerned!!! Let your imagination and taste buds go wild!
  3. You can use any kind of chocolate; dark, semi sweet, milk chocolate or even white chocolate.
  4. Make sure the dates are firm and of good quality; I have used Date Crown brand dates.
  5. Give another dimension to these sweet healthy bites by sprinkling sea salt, chili flakes, coconut etc. on top, before they completely set.
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133g
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45g
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2 comments

  1. Kriska Marie says:

    Oh this looks good! I love dates and chocolates, and these two combined sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe! 😀

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    Thank you and God bless!

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