Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

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You didn’t actually think I would let Valentine’s Day come and go without some sort of sweet, did you?

In the world of candies and sweets, baked goods and other treats, in my opinion, these Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates for sure fall somewhere in the world of a “healthy sweet”. Sure, sugar is sugar, but if the options include these naturally sweetened treats, than I am all in, especially considering I have been avoiding all traditional sugary sweets the last handful of weeks.

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Stuffed dates have always been one of my favorite ways to indulge in something sweet, without the guilt. Generally I opt for coconut butter, coconut oil or almond butter, but I also love a little crunch, too. The best part about this recipe, is that it’s more of a guide and you can easily make these tasty dates however you would like. Stuff them with whatever you fancy, top them with whatever makes you most happy, but however you make them, I suggest you enjoy them with some warm Valentine’s Day love in your heart and share them with those around you, whom you adore the most!

Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

The simple raw dark chocolate dipping sauce is made with super simple, healthy power packed ingredients. Raw cacao, coconut oil, raw local honey, homemade vanilla extract and little pinch of pink himalayan sea salt. That’s it.

For fillings I opted for homemade coconut butter, homemade almond butter, a delicious blend of dried superfood berries (including goji, golden berries and mulberries), I also filled some crystallized ginger and I even went super simple on a few, just adding some toasted whole almonds. The sky is the limit for fillings when it comes to stuffing your dates. So use whatever you like best.

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After I dip the stuffed dates into the chocolate, I then let them set up for a few minutes before topping with some other superfood favorites. Shredded coconut, sea salt, hemp seeds, chia seeds, matcha powder, orange zest, etc. You could also simply add a sprinkle of raw cacao, some toasted almond slices or other nuts, seeds, dried fruit, ground cinnamon or nutmeg. Again this list could go on and on. You could even roll the chocolate covered dates right into the toppings, rather than a little sprinkle, if you prefer.

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These Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates bring a world of incredible flavors. The luscious, soft dates are sweet and almost caramel-like, the incredible subtly-sweetened chocolate exterior creates a nice shell to the outside of the soft date and now matter what you stuff your dates with, you end up with a tasty little surprise when you bite into each and every one!

Package these gorgeous beauties up in some cute wrapping for a wonderfully thoughtful gift for someone you love or go ahead and make a batch just for yourself. You’re worth it!

Happy Valentine’s Day – may your weekend be overflowing with love! 

Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

 

**If you love the Crossed Arrows plate featured in this post, you can get one from my friend Andrea’s etsy store.**

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Archena February 13, 2015 at 7:25 am

Thank you Beth and Happy Valentines to you too!

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2 Connie February 17, 2015 at 7:58 am

Wow, Beth, these look amazing. I love how you’ve kept them raw and natural! Thanks so much for sharing your delicious ideas. Just sorry I didn’t discover them until after Valentine’s Day. By the way, Congratulations on your recent article in Simply Gluten Free Magazine Jan/Feb 2015 (for those who haven’t seen it yet.)

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3 Joy | The Joyful Foodie February 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm

I bought a big package of medjool dates not knowing what I wanted to do with them. I’ve been sticking them in my green smoothies to sweeten them up a bit, but this sounds so much better. Pinning!

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4 Lauren February 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

This is genius! It looks like such a fun party idea 🙂 I love your flavor combinations, you are very creative.

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5 Sahil February 23, 2015 at 12:20 am

They do looked Tasty, but any alternative to coconut oil?

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