These Chocolate Covered Dates are stuffed with peanut butter and taste like a snickers bar! They only require 6 ingredients and are the perfect, easy little treat. No one will ever believe they are vegan, and gluten-free!
I love a no-bake treat! Sometimes I want a dessert that I don't have to wait for. I love to whip up a batch of my Edible Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough or make a batch of Vegan Cookie Dough Balls to keep in the refrigerator.
So, I thought I'd make another easy no-bake dessert: Chocolate Covered Dates with Peanut Butter. Dates naturally taste like caramel, so when they are stuffed with peanut butter and dipped in chocolate, they end up tasting just like a snickers bar!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Here are the top 5 reasons why you are going to love this recipe:
- You only need 6 ingredients.
- The dates seriously taste like a snickers bar!
- You can use any nut butter you have on hand.
- This recipe is beginner friendly! Its very simple to make.
- They are the perfect sweet and salty treat.
Medjool Dates: I only recommend medjool dates for this recipe. They are the most widely available and my favorite! They are large and soft and taste like caramel. See this article for even more about date varieties!
Peanut Butter: I like Teddie Peanut Butter, but use whatever you have on hand.
Chocolate Chips: Use any type of chocolate chips to cover the dates. From milk chocolate to dark chocolate, any variety will work.
Coconut Oil: A little bit of coconut oil goes in with the chocolate chips to thin the chocolate out. This will make it better for dipping.
Flakey Sea Salt: A little sea salt is added to the top of the chocolate covered dates for that sweet and salty combo.
Variations and Substitutions
Instead of peanut butter use any nut butter you like! This recipe would be delicious with almond butter, cashew butter or even sunflower butter if you are nut-free.
Similarly, instead of peanuts, use any nut. Pistachios, almonds, or hazelnuts would be great!
Step 1. Use a paring knife to slice the date lengthwise down to the pit. Gently open the date and remove the pit.
Step 2. Fill the middle of each date with peanut butter, or nut butter of choice.
Step 3. Top each date with a peanuts or nut of choice. Then, place them in the freezer for 1 hour or until the peanut butter is frozen.
Step 4. Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl.
Step 5. Melt the chocolate in the microwave.
Step 6. Cover each peanut butter stuffed date with chocolate and before the chocolate hardens, top with flakey salt.
Store the dates in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
You can use any date variety, but in my opinion, medjool are the best. They are large and soft and caramely. Deglet Noor dates are the other most common variety and this recipe will still be delicious if you use them!
Expert Tips and Tricks
Don't skip the freezing time! Its important for the peanut butter to be frozen, or it will be nearly impossible to dip the dates in chocolate.
The best way to cover the dates in chocolate is to drop the cut side down into the melted chocolate, then use a fork to turn them over and lift them out.
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Chocolate Covered Dates with Peanut Butter
- 1 Paring Knife
- 1 Plate
- Parchment Paper
- 1 Small Bowl
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- 1 Fork
- 8 Medium Medjool Dates See Note
- ¼ Cup Peanut Butter See Note
- 3 tablespoon Roasted Peanuts
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
- 2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
- Flakey Sea Salt
- Use a paring knife to cut the dates lengthwise down to the pit. Gently open the dates and remove the pits.8 Medium Medjool Dates
- Use a butter knife to spread the inside of each date with about 1 ½ teaspoons of peanut butter. Then, sprinkle peanuts on top of the peanut butter and gently close the dates back up as much as you can. Place them onto a parchment lined plate and place them in the freezer for 1 hour or until the are frozen.¼ Cup Peanut Butter, 3 tablespoon Roasted Peanuts
- Once the dates are frozen, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl. Microwave in 15 second increments, stirring between, until the chocolate is melted.1 Cup Chocolate Chips, 2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
- Remove the dates from the freezer. Then, working one at a time, place a date cut side down into the chocolate and use a fork to turn the date over to coat the bottom, then place it back onto the parchment lined plate. Sprinkle with flakey sea salt before the chocolate fully sets.Flakey Sea Salt