Here’s my dilemma: I want to eat clean and get abs before the upcoming Kiwi summer BUT I can’t seem to stay away from chocolate and sweet treats. So I’m meeting myself in the middle by making treats that are a both healthful and a little sinful.
My Almond Butter-Stuffed Dates perfectly fits the bill in this instance.
I seriously roll my eyes whenever someone or some article tries to tell me that dates are “bad for you.” Shut. The. Fork. Up.
They are tasty, nutritious and, like all things, great in moderation.
I love how their natural sweetness kicks any cravings I have, not to mention how well they go with nut butters and chocolate. My recipe uses almond butter as the stuffing, while rich, dark chocolate covers the outside. I use at least 70% dark chocolate to balance out the sweetness (not to mention bitter choc is my personal preference).
Making a batch of these bad boys takes no time at all, and will last you a good week (if you have more self-control than I do).
When it comes to snacks, I don’t play around. To get through the working day, I rely on fruit and nuts, and fun combinations of both. If I’m going to be at my best, then I need some handy snacks at my side.
When melting the chocolate for this recipe, be careful not to over heat. Once the chocolate has melted and there are no clumps left, remove from the heat straight away. A few times in the past (when I haven’t been paying attention) I’ve let the chocolate over heat and go clumpy. That’s the opposite of what we want. Your chocolate should be silky smooth and glide onto the dates with ease.
My top cooking and baking tips are:
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
Making mistakes is OK and I’ve made plenty myself. It’s just food. Even some major mistakes I’ve made have still been edible. Pick yourself up and try again. Never give up!
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Almond Butter-Stuffed Dates
- 20 dates
- 10 teaspoons of natural almond butter
- 100 grams of dark chocolate (70%)
- 2 tablespoons of almond milk
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds (crushed up)
- Line a baking tray with paper.
- Make a slice in each date and stuff with 1/2 teaspoon of almond butter (you might need more or less depending on how big your dates are). Set dates aside on tray.
- In a small pot, boil a small amount of water (about 1/4-1/2 cup). Fit a heat proof bowl on pot and place chocolate inside. Melt dark chocolate with almond milk. Once chocolate is smooth, remove bowl from the heat and whisk in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
- Using a toothpick, chopsticks, or your fingers, dip each stuffed date into chocolate until fully covered. Immediately roll chocolate-covered date in crushed almond slices.
- Place your tray in the fridge for 20 minutes to set.