Ok so I’m admitting it now – I have a serious sweet tooth!
The problem is I also can be extremely lazy when it comes to complicated baking and can be tempted, when I see a list of ingredients longer than about 5, to turn the page! My quest to find the perfect hassle-free recipes also sits nicely alongside my need to know what is in the food that I eat and make sure that it not only tastes good but, has nutrients to help power my body throughout the day and doesn’t include any unnecessary, rubbish ingredients.
This recipe is perfect for all of these woes: dark chocolate coated, almond butter stuffed dates. I kicked my favourite treat, almond butter and dates, up a notch by adding in a decadent layer of dark chocolate. YUM!
For everyone out there who thinks that I’m crazy, thinking that they will stick with their Mars Bar, Caramel Nibbles or Dairy Milk, hear me out.
These are absolutely amazing: the cold dates taste like caramel and have the same chewy consistency, but are even better! Chock full of iron, potassium, vitamins A, B and K, magnesium, and so many other amazing nutrients including high levels of dietary fibre to keep the digestive system moving, dates are sweet little pieces of magic! Pairing this near sickeningly sweet treat with gooey, nutty almond butter is absolutely heavenly! This combination is not only tasty, but packs in high levels of antioxidants in a well balanced package of fats, carbs and protein! Oh, but there is more: dark chocolate, melted until it is decadently smooth, poured over these indulgent date packages!
Who needs a processed, unnatural chocolate bar now when you can make these amazingly beneficial, far tastier treats instead?!?
- Dates (pitted)- I prefer medjool or deri
- Almond butter (100% nuts, no sugar or salt added)
- Quality dark chocolate
* about 100 grams of chocolate and 1/3 cup of almond butter per 12 dates
Directions, and dessert couldn’t possibly be any simpler:
- Pit your dates if they don’t com pre-pitted
- Fill the pockets left by the pit with almond butter
- Place them on some non-stick paper and pop this into the freezer until solid (about 5 hours)
- Create a double boiler to melt your chocolate by boiling some water in a saucepan and placing a bowl over the top of that, ensuring that there is room in between the boiling water and the bowl. Add in your chocolate and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
- Coat your frozen almond butter stuffed dates in chocolate and place back onto your non-stick tray to set in the refrigerator
- ** if you’re a fan of salted caramels like myself, you can sprinkle some sea salt onto the top of the chocolate before it sets! divine!