An old joke my dad used to make during snack time was “Canteloupe, gotta date!”
Okay, maybe it’s more like half a joke but it used to crack me up when I was little! #dadjokes
Anyway, dates still make a great snack if you’re looking for something naturally sweet to hit the spot. And you can kick them up a notch by stuffing them and then dipping them like these chocolate covered dates!
You can also eat this sweet treat without any guilt. Dates include a wide range of nutrients and antioxidants. They’re also a good source of fiber, which can help with digestion and gut health. They’ve even been shown to promote brain health, bone health, and better blood sugar regulation.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Dates
My go-to has been to remove the pits and stuff each date with 1-2 almonds then dip them in melted chocolate and share them with friends. I recently tried them with 100% cacao chocolate which is EXTRA dark and they were amazing, but you can use a high-quality 70-80% cacao chocolate with excellent results. Sprinkle with a little coarse sea sale and it’s game over.
You’re just a few steps away!
1. Remove the pit from dates
2. Stuff each date with 1-2 almonds
3. Melt the chocolate of your choice in a double boiler
4. Carefully slide the tine of a fork into the opening of the date to dip each one in chocolate. Lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
5. Cool in the fridge until chocolate is firm.
That’s is! Don’t forget, dates still have naturally occurring sugar in them so enjoy these chocolate covered dates in moderation
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