Friday, January 19, 2024

Chocolate Almond Butter Dates

 These chocolate covered almond butter dates are a very pleasing yet healthy snack, and help you get through a rough morning or a busy afternoon. Best thing: these bites are plant-based and fuel you with loads of plant power! 

Do you remember the video clip going viral, where Nick Kroll stands on stage and tells the audience 'I love snaaaaaaaaaaacks' in that very shrill voice? It's not a statement like 'well guys you know, I love snacks, no, heeeeee loooooves snaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacks. The time it takes to listen through this sentence, all the sensors are already activated and they tell you, that, well, you too do love snacks a lot. Like really A LOT. Right... we all do, and that's exactly why we could all relate so much to this sentence. Once that fact has been sorted, whether you're alone or watching the show with family and/or friends, you have that one thing in mind which gives you exactly this vibe, right? For me, it's this: chocolate covered almond butter filled dates. 

It only takes one bite, and you're hooked! The ooey gooey shell of the dates, the nutty unctuous texture from the almond butter and the silky smooth chocolate coating let you dive into a healthy candy land you might not have discovered before. While you work through the different layers, your body and mind already ask for more. Believe me when I say, this snack is addictive and a game changer. 

Why you'll love this recipe?
Flavourful fusion: The sweetness of the dates and the tanginess of the nut butter are a perfect match. Rounding it all up with dark chocolate coats these rather opposite flavours
Convenience: If you love sweet snacks this recipe will scratch the itch as it's naturally sweet, and super quick to make. All you'll have to do is melt some chocolate and assemble the ingredients
Healthy option: This snack is packed with natural ingredients. The Medjool dates are high in fibre and a natural sweetener. Almond butter is high in unsaturated fats, which help you stay satiated longer. 
Versatility: You can use whatever nut butters you love best, so this snack never gets boring. You may also add some nuts to add some extra crunch. 

For 12 dates you'll need:
200g dark chocolate
100g almond butter
12 Medjool dates
sea salt


Slice the dates lengthwise and remove the pits. Add one tsp of nut butter to the centre of each date, then place them onto a tray lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 30 minutes to firm up. 

In the meantime, melt the chocolate. Once the dates are ready, dip them into the melted chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt. Place them in the fridge to set, but also keep them there to store.


Are you planning on making this recipe? Or have you already tried it?
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