Looking for a sweet treat without the guilt? You need to try these Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt! So many health benefits, so delicious.
Let’s face it. I love my snacks and I love my sweets. So when I can put the two together and still keep it healthy, I’m all in. Since Kim and I did a no-sugar challenge last month, I’ve focused on healthier treats that keep my sweet tooth at bay, but still give me a little something to nosh on. These right here are just that. They’re friggin delicious and totally guilt free.
I use dates pretty often, for energy bites/bars, smoothies, and sometimes even salads. But dates are pretty awesome on their own. Despite their oddly wrinkled, brown exterior, they’re satisfyingly chewy and flavorful. And healthy! Dates are full of fiber, iron, potassium, B vitamins, and Vitamins A and K. Copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin are also found in dates.
My favorite kind, hands down, are these medjool dates from Natural Delights. I did not know what good dates were until I found these. I don’t know how they do it, but these are the softest, most flavorful dates I’ve ever had. If you’ve ever had the dates from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, you probably think “eh, those things are dried out and hard.” Not these. They are nature’s candy. Do yourself a favor and find these quick. Thank me later.
Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt
- 10 Natural Delights Medjool dates
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 3 tbsp. dark chocolate morsels (I use these)
- 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
- sea salt
Slice down the middle of the date and remove pit. Using a small spoon, stuff date with 1-2 tsps. of almond butter. Set aside. Place dark chocolate and coconut oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Melt chocolate in microwave for about 20 seconds, stir, then melt for another 15 seconds until smooth. Drizzle dark chocolate over each date. Sprinkle with sea salt.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t make these 3 times last week. Everyone at work loved them! I made a couple variations with peanut butter and milk chocolate, but everyone agreed that almond butter and dark chocolate was the winning combo. I also highly recommend using sea salt, or anything coarsely ground, so that you can really taste the sweet and salty contrast. (Table salt just gets lost.) They’re too easy not to try — so do it and report back! <3