These chocolate covered dates with peanut butter are ultra easy to make, wholesome and simply the BEST sweet snack for your whole family! They pair nutrient-dense dates with natural peanut butter and dark chocolate and are completely vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
This new chocolate covered dates stuffed with peanut butter recipe is long overdue! We make them all the time and I simply couldn’t wait to share them with you any longer, we are obsessed!
They make for an amazing sweet treat to prepare ahead of time for your family, adults and kids, but they also look so pretty and appetizing, you can serve them at your next gathering as a fun finger food. I am sure you will have everyone talking about them!
Plus, they are SO simple to prepare: stuff some large soft dates with creamy peanut butter, garnish with chopped peanuts and cover with melted chocolate. Then, let them sit for 20-30 minutes, just to allow the chocolate to set, and then bite in and I promise you will be stunned.
The combo of chewy caramel-like dates, super creamy and rich peanut butter, salty peanut crunch and yummy dark chocolate are meant to be together. These sweet bites actually taste like Snickers Chocolate Bars, but in a wholesome, vegan, dairy-free and much healthier way!
It is a recipe you can make often if you love sweet treats as it really will take your cravings away. But, it is also a recipe you can feel good about eating: dates are rich in fiber + antioxidants and peanut butter provides lots of healthy fats for energy and to give you a feeling of satiety.
It makes for the perfect mid-day energy slump snack to get you back on track or post-dinner sweet taste to finish up your meal beautifully. They are so delicious, it is hard to stop after just one!
Let me know if you give them a try! ❤️
Why you will love this recipe
- Quick dessert or snack recipe for everyone
- Easy and made with 5 simple ingredients
- Great meal-prep recipe
- Kid-friendly and amazing for birthday parties
- Perfect post workout snack
- Tastes just like a Snickers bar!
- Very sweet treat that uses wholesome ingredients
- Fully vegan, dairy-free and naturally gluten-free
- Can be made nut-free too!
Ingredients you will need
- Dates: you will need large and soft fresh dates for this recipe. Do not use the smaller and very hard/dry dates, it simply won't work well. I love Medjool dates for their very sweet and soft texture, so I always use them for all my recipes calling for dates.
- Peanut butter: I use a natural smooth peanut butter (I like the one from the brand 365). You can use any other kind of peanut butter you like, although I highly recommend using a peanut butter that's unsweetened. Crunchy peanut butter would also work to add more texture.
- Peanuts: I like adding chopped peanuts for a nice crunch! Other nuts are fine too.
- Vegan dark chocolate chips: I used the chocolate chips from the brand Enjoy Life (vegan and allergen-free).
- Coconut oil: helps create a more pleasant and softer chocolate crust around the dates once it sets. I like to use a refined coconut oil to avoid an overpowering flavor of coconut, but both refined or unrefined will work.
- Coarse sea salt: optional, but adds a nice sweet and salty touch.
How to make chocolate covered dates with peanut butter
Prepare the peanut butter dates
Start by preparing the dates: simply slice the top portion of the dates deep enough to remove the pit, but without going all the way through.
Then, fill their empty cavities with peanut butter.
Place them on a plate or a baking sheet and then, press some chopped peanuts in the peanut butter filling so the pieces stick to it. Set aside.
Prepare the chocolate
In a small pot, add the chocolate chips and the coconut oil. Warm up until mostly melted while stirring almost constantly. Remove from the heat when there are still a few chips intact and keep stirring until completely smooth.
Cover the dates and chill
Use a spoon to pour or drizzle the melted chocolate over the stuffed dates.
Alternatively, you could also completely dunk the dates in the chocolate to entirely cover them.
Then, sprinkle some coarse sea salt over and transfer to the fridge for 20-30 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
Watch how to make them
- Dates are already naturally super sweet, so I highly recommend using a darker kind of chocolate higher in cacao, so your treat isn't too sweet.
- The type of dates you use to make this recipe matters! Medjool dates are my number one choice since they are so soft, sweet and chewy. If you use a type of date that feels dry and hard, the result just won't be the same. Look for Medjool dates that are plump, large and with a glossy skin, they are usually in the produce section.
- When melting the chocolate, it is important to keep the heat on medium and to turn it off once most of the chocolate chips are melted. If you warm them too much or too quickly, then the chocolate can burn or cook/thicken in the pot and you will have to start over.
- You can also use the microwave to melt the chocolate. Warm them up about 20 seconds at a time and be sure not to overheat or cook the chocolate too much.
Those peanut butter stuffed dates are so easy to customize! They are simple and completely raw, making it a perfect snack recipe to experiment with. Here are a few more ideas:
- Swap the peanut butter for other nut/seed butter, such as almond butter, pumpkin seed butter, tahini paste, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, etc.
- Instead of chopped peanuts, garnish the dates with chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, shredded coconut, hemp seeds or rolled oats. I love using a crunchy ingredients for more layers of texture, but feel-free to try out any wholesome ingredients you like. Chia and hemp seeds would be great choices to boost your bites with more plant-based protein and healthy omega 3 fats.
- You can also drizzle a tahini caramel or melted vegan white chocolate over once the dates are all set to add a nice look and even more flavor.
This is an amazing healthy and filling snack you can make ahead of a busy week and simply keep in the fridge for when you crave something sweet and wholesome.
Make sure you let the chocolate completely set first on a flat surface (plate or baking sheet) and then, you can pile the covered dates over each other in an air-tight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days and simply enjoy straight from the fridge.
Yes! Freezing the stuffed dates would actually make them stay fresh for longer and that way, you can also make a larger batch and enjoy for a few weeks. When freezing them, place them on flat surface and transfer in a container or a bag only once set so they don't clump together. Let them thaw overnight in the fridge or for 30-60 minutes at room temperature before enjoying.
Simply stuff the dates with pumpkin seed butter (or sunflower seed butter) and garnish with chopped sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or chia seeds instead of using peanuts.
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I hope you enjoy this chocolate covered date recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Chocolate Covered stuffed Dates with Peanut Butter
- 15 soft large Medjool dates
- peanut butter - smooth or chunky
- ¼ cup peanuts - roughly chopped, salted or not
- 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips - I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips
- 2 tsp refined coconut oil
- coarse or flaky salt - optional, for topping
- Using a knife, make an opening on the dates without slicing them all the way through. Then, remove their pit and stuff the cavities with peanut butter.
- Place the dates on a flat surface (plate or baking sheet) and then, press the peanuts over to make them stick. Set aside.
- Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small pot and warm up on medium heat. Almost constantly stir until most of the chips are melted, then remove from the heat. Keep stirring until the chocolate sauce is completely smooth (careful not to overcook the chocolate!).
- Then, cover or drizzle the chocolate over the dates (you can also completely dunk the dates in the sauce). Garnish with sea salt while the chocolate is still melted and then, transfer the dates into the fridge to let them set (about 30 minutes). Enjoy!
- Once the chocolate is all set, then transfer the dates into an air-tight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze them!
- This recipe is easy to customize: swap the peanut butter for pumpkin seed butter, tahini or sunflower seed butter. You can also garnish with chia seeds, shredded coconut or pumpkin seeds instead of peanuts if you prefer. See the blog post for more ideas!