Chocolate covered dates are all the rage! Sweet, chewy dates filled with creamy peanut butter, dipped in melty chocolate and topped with a pinch of sea salt. Vegan, gluten-free, good for you and super quick and easy to make. My new go-to quick dessert!
Step aside peanut butter cups and snickers bars because these Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Dates have you beat! Peanut butter stuffed inside sweet dates, dipped into melty chocolate and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt. Yes, yes, yes!!!!! Didn’t you know that dates go hand in hand with peanut butter as a super healthy snack? Cover them in chocolate and you have you will not be able to stop eating them.
Sweet vs Savory
Now, I know there are two kinds of pallets that span most of the population when it comes to food tastes. Some have a strong sweet tooth and prefer sweets over any other kind of food and some have a love for the more savory kinds of foods and are not really into sweets per se. I used to think I was more of a savory taste kind of person and most of the time I am but once in a while I need a little fix of something sweet and these Chocolate Covered Dates are the perfect quick treat to satisfy my sweet cravings. Another recipe I love is these No-Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter bars from Live Well Bake Often. They are A-MAZING!
Chewy, sweet dates filled with creamy peanut butter and dipped into melty milk chocolate and sprinkled with a dash of sea salt. OMG! These are A-MAZING! Even my kids were all about these. I think my 6 year old stuffed an entire one in his mouth. Don’t worry, he was fine and I discussed the importance of taking small bites and enjoying your food again to him. I guess he just couldn’t resist these perfect little treats.
These took minutes to make plus the chilling time. We had them in the fridge all week to snack on when the sweet craving emerged and it was great! Easy and healthy-ish because you know the DATES! Dates are actually very good for you and have a lot of nutrients.
Nutrients in DATES
- Dates have a natural sweetness so they can be a good substitute for sugar in recipes or help curve a sweet tooth craving for someone that is looking to cut back on refined sugars.
- High in potassium, which is an electrolyte the body needs for good heart health. Potassium helps build muscles and proteins in the body as well.
- High in fiber, dates provide almost 12% of our daily fiber intake needs
- Contain B vitamins and iron.
Isn’t that great! All of those benefits from eating these cute, sweet little dates? Stuff them with creamy peanut butter and dip them in a little melted chocolate and it is literally a perfect treat that also gives you a boost of nutrition. Slam-dunk!
Let’s get to making these Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Dates
First and foremost, start with pitted dates so you don’t have to remove the pits since it can be tedious. TRUST ME!!!
Fill them with creamy peanut butter and roll them in some melty chocolate. YUM!
Place them onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate , top them with a pinch of sea salt and chill them in the fridge until the chocolate is set!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Dates
- Sheet Pan
- Mixing Bowl
- 12 pitted dates
- 12 oz bag dairy-free chocolate chips
- sea salt
- Slice each date down the middle to make room for the peanut butter. Using a small spoon (baby spoons work great for this if you have one) fill each date with some peanut butter. Place the peanut butter filled dates on a parchment-lined baking sheet or dish and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- While the dates are chilling, you can melt the chocolate chips. Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring in between until fully melted.
- Remove the dates from the fridge, using a spoon dip each date into the chocolate to fully cover and place back on the parchment-lined baking sheet or dish. Continue until you have covered all of the dates in chocolate. Sprinkle each with some sea salt.
- Place the dates back in the fridge for 20-25 minutes to let the chocolate set. Remove and ENJOY!
- You can store these in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
- To make a double batch, just double up the ingredients.