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So who’s game for a little chocolate??

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I know that many of you are trying to swear off sweets as a New Year’s resolution, but well, I am here to tell you that you MUST make these .

Let me explain. You see, these are actually very healthy food disguised as what appears to be “forbidden fruit”. Pun intended, these little bites have ZERO added sugar, are full of protein, fiber and healthy antioxidants. So you see what I’m saying?

Health Food.

Think of these as the ultra healthy version of a Buckeye (chocolate peanut butter balls). Meaning that these are beyond perfect for all your upcoming football playoff parties! YESSSSS.

Speaking of football, is everyone getting excited for the Super Bowl? I know it’s still a few weeks away, but Super Bowl food is the BEST. What do you guys think? Should I go for a healthy Super Bowl this year or go all out and put cheese on EVERYTHING? I know, tough choice, but think about it and let me know!

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Over Christmas I made A LOT of sweet treats, but once we got through Christmas Day, I had to put on my “healthy January” thinking cap. So I chatted with my cousins and decided that even though this recipe is really simple, its still a recipe I NEEDED to tell you all about.

Unfortunately for my cousins, they had to leave before I had a chance to make these, but this will show them that they better stay through New Year’s next year!

Yesterday we recapped Christmas, so maybe today we can go over the start of 2016, ok?

Honestly, my week between Christmas and New Year’s was not all that eventful. My girly partner in crime and Starbucks hoarder, Caitlin (brother Kai’s girlfriend) headed off to spend a couple of days with her family in Crested Butte, so I was left with the boys once again. Thank God I have my own place to shut the door and get away. I swear, I don’t know how I put up with them all those years.

We did have an issue with our water where my parents had zero water for and entire day. We have well water where we live, and well… things can break, lines can freeze… basically life happens. Luckily it was just a pump that broke and not frozen lines. Fortunately, I had a full tank and the water was fixed before I could run out. I know, LUCKY. Think of all the dirty dishes?? YIKES.

What else? Kai and I filmed a couple of videos for January, which honestly was SO HARD. I don’t know what was going on, but man I was struggling in front of the camera, those videos should be real interesting. New Year’s Eve was very low-key. I tried to take a seriously long shower which was cut short by MY water tank running out (long story). I was freezing and had to go up to my parent’s house to get the soap off (in -13 F temps). Lets just all cross our fingers that our water issue is now fixed for good! The boys partied… I went to bed.

Clearly I am the grandma of the family, but it’s cool, I like it that way.

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

On New Year’s Day, I made these dates and then we all ate them. Seriously, that was my day.

Kicking off January right I’d say.

As the title states, these dates have just four ingredients, dates, peanut butter, chocolate and coconut oil. The toppings are all up to you, you can add them or not. I am into the toppings though, I think my favorite was the shredded coconut or the cacao nibs. Either way, these are going to be SO good, as long as you have good plump dates, thick peanut butter (or really any nut butter you prefer) and seriously dark chocolate.

So here’s how this goes. You slice the date and remove the pit, but be careful not to slice fully through the date itself since you want to stuff the peanut butter inside. Once you have the dates pitted, you just take a spoonful of peanut butter and stuff it right inside. I made most of my dates with peanut butter and then made a handful with almond butter, but all of my family agreed that we really like the peanut butter best. That said, we’re all peanut butter freaks, so use whatever nut/seed butter you love. Just use a thicker variety of nut/seed butter, as that will be easier for stuffing the dates. When all the dates are stuffed, just throw them in the freezer to chill out (this makes the chocolate dipping process go a lot faster and smoother), then dip, top with toppings, chill a little longer (until the chocolate is set) and EAT.

Could not be easier…or more delicious. Trust me on this one, you guys have to give these 4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates a try!! Please, please, please! 🙂

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4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Freeze/Refrigerate 45 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 239 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 16 plump medjool dates
  • 16 tablespoons creamy peanut butter OR other nut/seed butter
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • chia seeds hemp seeds, cacao nibs, toasted or raw coconut flakes, flaky sea salt, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  • Slice the dates in half lengthwise, being careful not to slice the date all the way in half. Remove the pits of the date. Stuff each date with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dates. Place the dates in the freezer and freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt together the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a double broiler or in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth.
  • Once the dates are well chilled, dip in the chocolate using a fork. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off the dates and then place the date back on the baking sheet and sprinkle with your desired topping. Repeat with the remaining dates. Chill the dates in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
  • Keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy...preferably with cold milk! 🙂

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I mean, doesn’t that just look sin worthy??! Healthy AND yummy!

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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  1. 5 stars
    Hello Tieghan
    Love this recipe, can I ask you why you use the coconut oil for? And putting the dates in the fridge, wouldn’t that make the chocolate bloom?
    Thank you

    1. HI! I use coconut oil to help set the chocolate up. Not sure what you mean when you say, bloom? can you give me some more detail? Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  2. These look SO good. I was stuck on dipping prunes into peanut/almond butter a few years back for breakfast and I haven’t done it in awhile. I might need to try this for breakfast instead! Sorry to hear about your water situation. We don’t have many problems with water here in Kansas City, but my four siblings use up all the hot water before I get in. UGH! lol. Also, this was the fourth year in a row for me to be asleep by 11pm on new years eve. Partying it up like im 72!!!! even though im 22…wooo! Have a great day:)

  3. I normally go for savory things with my dates, using them in salads and stuffing them with goat cheese and wrapping them with bacon. But OMG I need these. I am gonna have to take a trip to Sam’s Club to stock up.

    1. I finally tried these out the other day. Very easy to make! At first I wasn’t sure what I thought of them, but the more I eat them the more I enjoy them! They are like chewy peanut butter cups.

  4. I am catching up on your posts from the last two weeks and I am (No Joke) drooling. I am so pumped for all these fresh healthy new year recipes and bought the ingredients to make these dates. Keep all the deliciousness coming!

    x Sarah

  5. Yum! Date’s natural sweetness is enough of a good snack but coating in dark chocolate?
    Tieghan, you’ve taken snacking to a whole new level.

  6. These look fabulous!! And I say split it, do half healthy and top the other half with as much cheese as you can!!!

  7. Love, love, love this combo! I always love sticking nuts or nut butter in dates and figs. It tastes so decadent, so it satisfies my sweet tooth in a healthy way. The dark chocolate on top takes this recipe over the top!

  8. Wow!! Loving all the chocolate! What a wonderfully simple, awesome idea! And my personal preference would be for a cheese filled super bowl 😉

  9. These look so good and so easy! I would for sure try them with some almond butter. I think that would be so good. You’re New Year’s sounds perfect. Nice and low-key. My favorite. Oh and I can’t wait too see what you do for Super Bowl food. Always so much fun! I would vote for cheese. Lots and and lots of cheese 🙂

  10. You are a mind reader! Peanut butter stuffed dates are my thing recently. Cant get enough of them.

  11. Um, I want to stuff ten of these in my face right now. Pb+ chocolate is always a win, but throw in gooey caramelly dates and it’s out of the park!

  12. If these are a health food, you’re my kinda people! They look amazing Tieghan! Gorgeous photography as usual!

  13. I’m not trying to be annoying, but I like to be accurate. You state that these little guys have zero added sugar, but I’m guessing the chocolate you used wasn’t sugar free! Anyways, moving on, these look super yummy, thanks for sharing!

  14. Stuffed dates is such a genius idea! Love the dark chocolate and peanut butter combination. I can’t wait to give this a try!!

  15. Dates remind me so much of Christmas. I hated them growing up, my parents always ate them and I thought they looked like cockroaches with their legs removed when they’re nestled in the packet!

    I’ve really got into Nakd bars (I think you call them Larabars), and so much love of dates is on the up. These have so many ingredients that I love, I’m definitely going to have to make these!

    Lovely pictures.

  16. You’re killing it with these, Girl! These would be going on my list whether they were healthy or not, but the fact that they are is like a major awesome bonus! Pinned!

  17. I’m not a huge fan of dates but I do love peanut butter and chocolate. This could be a healthy alternative of my usual snacks 🙂