If you’ve been following our recipes for a while, you know we don’t shy away from sweet treats and snacks. We are all about satisfying sweet cravings with minimal sugar crash. That’s why these almond butter stuffed dates are at the top of our must-have-in-the fridge list!
Dates, an already sweet and caramel-like dried fruit lend to no-bake desserts so well. We stuff ours with almond butter and almonds for balance and crunch and then coat the whole thing with dairy-free chocolate. These are so decadent to eat and fun to make.
Make-ahead sweet treats are a great way to monitor your processed sugar intake by giving you something to reach for throughout the week that fits your health needs and goals. Our almond butter stuffed dates can stay in the refrigerator for up to a week and should be enjoyed right away as the chocolate will start to melt if left out too long. You won’t believe how good these are!
What’s in Almond Butter Stuffed Dates?
- Dates: We used medjool because they tend to be larger and thus, can be maximally stuffed! They also have a very chewy texture and beautiful sweetness. If you can’t find these, another date varietal will also work. We recommend buying with pits and removing yourself. The pre-pitted options are okay but tend to be drier.
- Almond Butter: smooth, natural (no sugar added) nut butters are great here. They are easy to smooth over the inside of the date and add a heartiness to this dessert. We have also tried these with peanut butter which gives a total Snickers vibe. Tahini works well too if you are avoiding nuts.
- Almonds: Nuts in general add crunch and texture that is hard to beat. These work so well in tandem with the gooey nature of the dates and stickiness of the nut butter. If you are allergic to nuts, you can omit this step or add seeds instead.
- Chocolate chips: We used dairy free to keep these a vegan snack but feel free to add whichever kind and as much or as little as you want. After dipping a few dates, you’ll feel like you work in a chocolate factory. What could be better than that?
Almond Butter Stuffed Dates
- 1 package of Medjool dates (about 20)
- 5 tbsp of almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 40 Raw or roasted almonds (or nuts of choice)
- 1½ cups chocolate chips (we used dairy free)
Melt chocolate until smooth. Melt in a microwave-safe glass bowl in 30 seconds increments, stirring well each time. Be cautious not to burn.
Once chocolate is melted, set aside
Prep your dates. Using a scissor, cut open each date carefully and remove pit. We are going to close them up once stuffed, so try to keep at least one end of the date intact.
Once pits are removed, stuff each date with a little almond butter. About ¼-½ tsp depending on the size of the date. You do not want to overstuff these or it will be messy!
Once stuffed with almond butter, add in your almonds or nut of choice and close the date as best as you can.
Your melted chocolate will now be mostly cooled and easier to work with. Coat each date in chocolate and place on parchment paper.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but ideally closer to 1 hour for a delicious snack!
- If you are allergic to tree nuts or peanuts, you can stuff these with tahini and they are just as delicious!
- These can be made with any chocolate, nut butter, or nuts of your choosing.
- For a salty and sweet bite, use salted nuts or top with flaky salt before the chocolate sets.