In case you've ever wondered about the name of this blog, it all started with a love and appreciation for Medjool dates! As well as being such a versatile ingredient for no-bake vegan desserts, you can make an incredibly delicious snack like these chocolate-covered dates with just a few ingredients.

Juicy Medjool dates are stuffed with creamy peanut butter and then dipped in dark chocolate, before being sprinkled with flaky sea salt. Medjool dates taste just like caramel, which along with the dark chocolate and peanut butter makes these stuffed dates taste like a healthier version of snickers bars.

What to expect from this recipe:

  • Made using just 4 ingredients.
  • Really easy to make.
  • Makes a fuss-free, quick dessert or snack.
  • Ready in under 60 minutes.
  • Gluten-free.
  • Naturally sweet treat.
  • Tastes like healthy snickers!

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How to select the best dates

Medjool dates are in my opinion the superior date when it comes to stuffed date recipes. Their larger size and deep caramel flavor make them the perfect vessels for stuffing with peanut butter.

When buying dates, make sure you go for juicy, shiny, soft, and plump dates, avoiding dates that are dry to the touch. According to Epicurious, sugar crystallization is another sign of aging to look out for when selecting dates, as this signals moisture loss.

It's important to note that dried and crystalized dates are absolutely fine to eat and use in recipes, but for this recipe, dates are the star of the show so it pays off to use the best quality possible.

Ingredients overview

Medjool dates: My absolute favorite brands are Zaytoun and The Date Project.

Dark chocolate: Go for vegan dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content. You can also use vegan milk chocolate or vegan white chocolate if dark chocolate isn't your thing! You can also use chocolate chips, or sugar-free chocolate if preferred.

Peanut butter: Smooth peanut butter without any added sugar or oil is best for this recipe. You can also use crunchy peanut butter if preferred, or go for an alternative nut butter according to your taste and dietary requirements.

Flaky sea salt: Good quality sea salt makes all the difference here. I normally use Maldon flaky salt which has beautiful large crystals and flecks that compliment the sweetness of the dates so well.

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How to make chocolate covered stuffed dates

(Full ingredient quantities and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post)

Step 1: Remove the pits from the dates

Carefully slice a date open using a sharp knife, then open the date and remove the pit. Repeat this with the remaining dates.

Step 2: Stuff the dates with peanut butter

Using a teaspoon, spoon the peanut butter into the center of the date. You don't want to overfill the dates, a teaspoon of peanut butter per date is usually more than enough.

Once you've filled all of the dates, place them on a baking sheet or tray lined with parchment paper and freeze them for half an hour.

Step 3: Coat the dates in chocolate

Melt the chocolate over a bain-marie (double boiler) giving it a stir every so often to help it to melt evenly. You can also use a microwave to melt the chocolate if that's handier for you. Carefully dip each date into the melted chocolate, using a couple of forks to lift them out onto the parchment paper.

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If you have some excess chocolate leftover, allow the first layer of chocolate to set slightly for a few minutes, and then you can drizzle it over the dates. Add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt before the chocolate sets completely. Lastly, place the chocolate-coated dates back in the freezer for 10 minutes or so, just to help them set before serving!

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Additional toppings

When it comes to topping your chocolate covered dates, the possibilities are endless:

  • Crushed roasted peanuts
  • Toasted flaked almonds
  • Freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries
  • Chopped or slivered pistachios
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Coconut flakes or shredded coconut
  • Crushed salted pretzels

Variations

  • Make them nut-free by stuffing dates with tahini or sunflower seed butter!
  • You can make almond stuffed dates by using creamy almond butter in place of peanut butter. This goes for any other nut butter too, cashew butter, hazelnut butter, pistachio butter - you name it!

Storage instructions

Store the stuffed dates in an airtight container and refrigerate. If (and that's a big if lol) you manage to not eat them all quicker, they should keep well for up to 10 days.

Tips for making the perfect chocolate covered dates

  • Store dates in the fridge, not at room temperature. Although dates are usually sold from the ambient section of the supermarket, they actually hold their freshness much better in the fridge. So do yourself a favor and keep them stored chilled in an airtight container for maximum freshness.
  • Chill the peanut butter before stuffing the dates. Nut butter stiffens up slightly in the fridge, so it will be less runny. This makes it easier to stuff the dates without the peanut butter oozing out everywhere as you're trying to fill them!
  • Freeze the stuffed dates before coating them in chocolate. This prevents the peanut butter from running into the melted chocolate, giving them a neater appearance. The chocolate coating will also solidify much faster if the dates are frozen first.
  • Temper the chocolate for a shiny professional look to your stuffed dates. I recommend tempering by seeding which is an easy and effective method.

Frequently asked questions

How long do stuffed dates last in the fridge?

They'll last for up to 10 days in the fridge.

Can I freeze peanut butter stuffed dates?

Yes, you can freeze them in an airtight container for up to a couple of months. Then just defrost them for an hour before serving.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates (Vegan)

5 from 3 votes
PREP TIME: 20 mins
Chilling Time: 40 mins
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Servings: 12
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Description

These easy chocolate covered dates stuffed with peanut butter are such are so delicious and moreish. They're vegan, gluten-free, and take less than an hour to prepare. Perfect for when you want a healthier snack.

Ingredients

  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 200 g (7 oz) vegan dark chocolate
  • 100 g (12 tsp) smooth peanut butter
  • Flaky sea salt, for garnish
  • Freeze-dried strawberries , for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Slice into the dates lengthways and remove the pits and place them on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Add one teaspoon of peanut butter to the center of each date. Place the stuffed dates back on the tray and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Finely chop the chocolate and add it to a heat-resistant bowl. Place the bowl on top of a saucepan that is about ¼ ways filled with simmering water (bain-marie). Stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula every so often to melt it evenly.
  • Once melted, dip the stuffed dates in the chocolate, using 2 forks to lift them, and set them back onto the tray lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Freeze for another 10 minutes to set.

Storage

  • Store the stuffed dates in an airtight container and refrigerate. They should keep well for up to 10 days.

Notes

  • Store fresh dates in the fridge, not at room temperature. They actually hold their freshness much better in the fridge. 
  • Chill the peanut butter before stuffing the dates. Nut butter stiffens up slightly in the fridge, so it will be less runny. This makes it easier to stuff the dates without the peanut butter oozing out everywhere as you're trying to fill them!
  • Freeze the stuffed dates before coating them in chocolate. This prevents the peanut butter from running into the melted chocolate, giving them a neater appearance. 
  • Temper the chocolate for a shiny professional look to your stuffed dates. I recommend tempering by seeding which is an easy and effective method.

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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