Chocolate dates stuffed with peanut butter are the best healthy snack to enjoy when you have a sweet craving! Chewy dates that are stuffed with smooth peanut butter and covered in melted chocolate taste just like a healthy snickers bar! Dates provide a healthy source of vitamins and natural sweetness, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, and nut butter is rich in healthy fats. There is zero guilt in eating this healthy version of a favorite candy bar!
Easy Dates Recipe
If you are a fan of Snickers bars, then you will love sinking your teeth into these delicious sweet treats. Best of all, this easy date recipe will have you making homemade snickers anytime you want!
You only need 4 main ingredients and in about 15 minutes you will be wondering where chocolate-covered dates have been in your whole life.
Chocolate Stuffed Dates
Most of the ingredients you will need are most likely in your pantry already, especially if you are a fan of using simple ingredients. You will need these basic things
- Medjool dates (pits removed)
- Creamy peanut butter
- melted chocolate
A simple breakdown of the above regarding peanut butter and melted chocolate:
Peanut Butter: You can use natural peanut butter or commercial brands like Skippy or Jif and if you are a fan of crunchy peanut butter, that is ok too! If you have a peanut allergy, you can substitute almond butter, cashew butter, or sun or nut butter.
Melted Chocolate: to make this really easy, and gluten-free I use Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips in pretty much all my baking. If you have another brand, that is ok.
To melt the chips, I use 1/4 cup mini chips and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Microwave 30 seconds and stir. If the chips are not melted all the way, pop them back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Your chocolate should be silky smooth when you stir it with a spoon.
Stuffed Dates Recipe
I love peanut butter stuffed dates and make my healthy snack idea recipe for sugar-coated dates every holiday season. But when I made dates in chocolate, well, the game changed right then and there!
When you stuff a date with peanut butter, add a few chopped peanuts on top, then coat in chocolate, it is like you are eating snickers stuffed dates!
To start this delicious treat, take out a handful of sweet dates, like Medjool dates. With a sharp knife, slice on one side so you can easily remove the pit from the center of each date.
Next, grab your jar of peanut butter (or other nut butter) and place a teaspoon of peanut butter inside the fresh dates. Place salted peanuts on top of the dates and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Now, add regular or gluten-free chocolate chips to a small microwave-safe bowl or ramekin and add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir chocolate. If chips are not melted all the way, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
Stir chocolate until it is silky smooth.
Now the magic happens! Take a small spoon and scoop some melted chocolate out of the glass bowl and drizzle very generously over the dates with peanut butter filling.
The final step is to place your baking sheet in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to allow the chocolate to be set.
Enjoy Eating Snickers Stuffed Dates
The best part of this healthy treat is eating them of course! I like to sprinkle a pinch of flaky sea salt on my own version of these little bites of heaven, but if you wanted to top with more chopped nuts, I would not stop you.
A spoonful of peanut butter is one of my favorite ingredients and when you add chocolate dates to the equation, this healthier option to the traditional candy bar is a great alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth!
How to Store Dates
I like to store all my dates in an airtight container in my pantry to have on hand for a perfect snack. I like to eat them plain or use them in smoothies and salads too. To keep the dates tasting best, store them layered in an airtight container lined with parchment paper so the chocolate coating doesn't stick together.
You can also use a ziplock bag to store in the freezer if you don't have a container. The dates will keep in the freezer for up to a week.
HINT: Do not throw away the excess chocolate! Be sure to break off chocolate from the dates and store chocolate pieces with the dates.
I really love dates and how versatile they can be. Enjoy them sweet or savory with these ideas:
- Dates stuffed with goat cheese wrapped in bacon
- Dates stuffed with blue cheese or cream cheese
- Roasted dates drizzled with honey
- Chop and add to a smoothie for sweetness
- Add to a green salad
- 12 Medjool dates
- 12 teaspoons creamy peanut butter
- salted peanuts, half or chopped
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- Flaked sea salt (optional)
- If using fresh whole dates, make a slit on side of the date to remove the center pit.
- Fill dates with smooth peanut butter.
- Top each date with 2-3 peanut halves or chopped nuts.
- Place filled dates on a tray lined with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, add mini chocolate chips and coconut oil. Cook for 30 seconds and stir. If chips have not melted, cook additional 30 seconds. Stir until chocolate is smooth.
- With a spoon, drizzle melted chocolate over the stuffed dates.
- Place the tray of dates in the refrigerator or freezer for 10-15 minutes, until chocolate sets.
- Sprinkle with flaked sea salt or chopped nuts and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 1 week.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g