When the sweet craving hits but you don’t want to reach into the cookie jar, these Chocolate Hazelnut Stuffed Dates are here to save the day. These pitted dates are stuffed with a chocolate hazelnut almond butter, a whole roasted hazelnut and dipped in melted chocolate for a simple, real-food dessert. Flavor filled, nutritious and easy to make.
Why these stuffed dates are the best.
This simple snack hits all the high notes. It’s the right balance of sweet and salty. Super simple to whip together, filled with real food ingredients and a dab of sweetness. Life is about balance and when we need to hit a sweet craving but don’t want to go overboard, these sweet dates are here to curb the craving.
No “healthy desserts”.
Life is about balance. There are times of the year when we need to jump off the sugar bandwagon. It can be a hard habit to break! We’ve all been there, typically around the holidays when sweets are at their highest. Often, we’re asked to create and share recipes for “healthy brownies” or a version of our favorite sweets with a healthy twist. Here’s why I won’t do it:
If you’re going to have a brownie, have the dang brownie! Enjoy it with all it’s butter and sugar and chocolatey goodness. Do not mask it. Do not try to replicate it. Taking out all the butter and sugar and replacing it does not mean you can now have brownies for breakfast just because they are egg-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. If you do, you are tricking yourself to think it’s okay to have brownies for breakfast.
When we enjoy a dessert for what it is, a treat, then we have it on occasion. On occasion means once in a while. If we lean into healthy versions of our favorite treats then we are making it more acceptable to introduce these foods into our diets more regularly. These dates are not a deathly version of anything. Dates are a naturally sweet fruit filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber which make them a well-rounded option for something a little sweet. Fill them with chocolate hazelnut almond butter and you’re amping up your snack with healthy fats. The combination of fat and fiber slows down the sugar absorption and keeps your digestive system moving and help you feel fuller, longer.
Another great thing about these dates is just how simple they are to make. With how simple and quick they come together, it’s an easy make-ahead treat.
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Lastly, if you make this Chocolate Hazelnut Stuffed Dates recipe, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a comment! Above all, I love to hear from ya’ll and do my best to respond to every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of your dayyyummm good recreations is my favorite!
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- 15-20 dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut almond butter
- 15-20 whole roasted hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Fill each pitted date with 1-2 teaspoons of the chocolate hazelnut almond butter.
- Place 1 whole roasted hazelnut in the center of each stuffed date.
- In a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips with coconut oil. Microwave in 15 second intervals until fully melted and combined.
- Dip one end of each date into the melted chocolate and place on a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet.
- Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the dates and set in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to set.