Chocolate Covered Dates

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When nature gives you candy you make these Chocolate Covered Dates. These little bites are the perfect treat to satisfy a sweet tooth 😋. I love filling them with my homemade Nutella, nut butter, or both. This is a beautiful and delicious treat that will take just 10 minutes to make and two seconds to devour. This treat beats any 🍫 chocolate bar out there for me and it’s so satisfying. It is chocolatey, nutty, creamy, salty, sweet and crunchy. It tastes like a delicious chocolate caramel treat. If you are not a lover of dates, I want you to trust me on this and make it because this recipe will change your mind.

Why You’ll Love Chocolate Covered Dates

It couldn’t be easier to make a 🧑‍🍳 homemade chocolate treat from scratch that’s better than anything store bought. These Chocolate Covered Dates are the real deal. They’re chewy and smooth, with a 🥜 crunchy surprise inside everyone will love. If you’re serving to guests, they’re so pretty on a platter drizzled with additional chocolate. I also think they would be beautiful on a charcuterie board so everyone can have a sweet bite with savory.

How to Prepare Chocolate Covered Dates

🔪 Start by using a knife to cut each date lengthwise down the middle.

🧑‍🍳 Now, open each up and take out the pit.

🥜 Next, add a little bit of nut butter, seed butter, and/or Nutella to the middle.

🤏 You can also add a walnut or a pecan piece to the middle and press it back together. Set aside.

💧 Now, create a double-boiler: fill a medium pot with 2 cups water and then bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place a heatproof bowl on top of the pot (be sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the simmering water.)

🍫 Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to the bowl and stir with a spatula until it melts fully.

🥣Take the melted chocolate off the heat and then dip the dates and coat them fully.

🧊 Place each chocolate-covered date onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 20-30 minutes.

🧂 Remove from the freezer and drizzle on a little more melted chocolate for presentation and a pinch of sea salt if you wish.

Nonna’s Tip ♨️

You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave. To prevent the chocolate from seizing, be sure to stop the microwave and stir the mixture every 20-30 seconds, careful not to overheat.

Chocolate Covered Dates

Variations and Substitutions for Chocolate Covered Dates

  1. Make this recipe vegan by using dairy-free chocolate chips and ensure your nut or seed butter is also vegan/plant-based.
  2. If you are allergic to nuts, you can leave out the walnuts and use a seed butter instead.
  3. Use whichever nut or seed butter you love. Have fun by experimenting with different flavor combinations.
  4. Add in some additional flavors such as 🥥 coconut flakes, a sprinkle of chili or even some 🍊 orange zest.
  5. Use whatever 🍫 chocolate you love: If you prefer a sweeter treat, go for semi-sweet; for a richer, less sweet option, use dark chocolate. These would look really pretty drizzled with white chocolate!

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Best Served With

  • Serve these as a little after-dinner treat with ☕ coffee or tea.
  • Add these Chocolate Covered Dates to a 🧀 cheese platter or charcuterie board. Everyone loves a little sweet bite with savory.
  • Serve a couple in a little bowl with a dollop of whipped cream or 🥥 coconut cream and a drizzle of honey.

Common Questions

what kind of chocolate should i use?

You can use either semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips. If you prefer a sweeter treat, go for semi-sweet; for a richer, less sweet option, use dark chocolate.

Do I have to use coconut oil in this chocolate covered dates recipe?

No, the coconut oil is not essential, but it does help to make the mixture smooth and shiny. If you don’t like coconut oil you can use a tablespoon of butter, or any other oil too or simply leave it out.

can I make these treats vegan?

Yes, use dairy-free chocolate chips and ensure your nut or seed butter is also vegan/plant-based.

how should I store the chocolate covered dates?

Store the Chocolate Covered Dates in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last for several weeks.

Chocolate Covered Dates

This treat beats any chocolate bar out there for me and it’s so satisfying. It is chocolatey, nutty, creamy, salty, sweet and crunchy. It tastes like a delicious chocolate caramel treat.
4 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 dates
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 16 Medjool dates
  • 16 teaspoons hazelnut spread , or nut butter, or both
  • 16 pieces walnuts, or pecans, or omit
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips, or any chocolate you love
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, optional (for shine)

Instructions 

  • Start by cutting each date length wise down the middle. Open it up and take out the pit. Add a little bit of nut or seed butter and you can also use my Easy Homemade Healthier Nutella. Feel free to make some just with hazelnut spread or just nut/seed butter or even both. You can make them and fill them with anything you enjoy.
  • Optionally, you can add a walnut or a pecan and press it together. Set the dates aside and melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler on the stove.
  • In a pot I let my water come to a simmer and I add a heat-proof bowl on top. I add the chocolate chips and coconut oil and stir until it melts fully.
  • Take the melted chocolate off the heat and dip the dates and coat them fully. Place each chocolate covered date onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 20-30 minutes.
  • Take them out of the freezer and you can drizzle on a little more melted chocolate for presentation and a pinch of sea salt if you wish.
  • Store them in a Tupperware in the fridge as they will last you for weeks. Enjoy.

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Nutrition

Calories: 164kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 192mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 36IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
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