Short on time? Chocolate Covered Dates are no-bake treats stuffed with a creamy filling and walnuts, and sprinkled with shredded coconut on top. Packed with fiber and minerals, these dates are gooey-delicious and taste like our favorite chocolate caramel candies.
Chocolate Covered Dates…
If you’re short on time but still want to make an easy holiday treat? This happens to be an ideal treat to make.
This no-bake recipe is easy, delicious, and perfect for serving family and friends. It is a great way to satisfy any candy crisis or sweet tooth.
How to Make Chocolate-Covered Dates?
For this recipe, you will need a few pantry ingredients and a few minutes to stuff, chill, and then dip into melted chocolate. Then chill again.
Ingredients Needed for these “fun-size” nougat candy bites… (full amounts of ingredients in the recipe card below!)
Medjool Dates: Choose organic Medjool dates, and keep in mind, that you may have to slice them and remove the pits if they are not already pitted.
Peanut Butter: Choose creamy peanut butter for this recipe. Also, if you prefer, you can use chunky peanut butter. They both will work with this recipe.
Nutella: Nutella is a popular sweet chocolate spread. I stuffed half the dates with peanut butter and the other half with Nutella. Both creamy fillings turned out great.
Walnuts: Walnuts offer that extra crunch in texture; plus they add a little omega-3 to these treats.
Chocolate Chips: You can choose either semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips to melt for this recipe.
Shredded Coconut: Choose organic shredded coconut and sprinkle some over each date while the chocolate is still warm. You can lightly press each one on top, to secure it. Coconut also offers a deliciously chewy texture.
Optional: Coconut Oil: Can be used when melting the chocolate to help it stay melted longer while dipping the dates to coat them.
Quick Directions to Make These Chocolate-Covered Dates: (3-easy-steps!)
1. Remove the pits from the dates.
2. Stuff half the dates with peanut butter and the other 6 with Nutella, then place a walnut inside each one.
3. Melt chocolate, dip each stuffed date, and transfer to parchment paper. Next, sprinkle some shredded coconut over them. Then chill in the fridge until the chocolate is set, about 25 minutes or more, or 30 minutes in the freezer.
To Store and Freeze:
These chocolate candies should be kept in a sealed container and the fridge. They will stay fresh for up to one week. Kept in the freezer, and they will keep for up to 4 months.
Reasons to LOVE Medjool Dates!
- They’re rich in fiber, B vitamins, copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate, zinc, and selenium.
- They contain a fiber called beta-d-glucan that keeps blood sugar levels even and protects against free radicals.
Options for fillings and toppings for these nougat candy bites:
- Stuff with a teaspoon of almond butter or sunflower butter.
- Stuff each one with your favorite nut of your choice.
- You can top them with a sprinkle of either crushed nuts or sea salt.
What to do with leftover melted chocolate?
There are a couple of things you can do with leftover melted chocolate:
- You can continue with a few more dates until the chocolate disappears.
- Or, you can use a teaspoon and spoon some melted chocolate onto parchment paper and make small little disks, top each one with shredded coconut, chopped nuts, colorful sprinkles, etc. Allow them to chill, and you’ll have little chocolate barks.
These Chocolate Covered Dates are delicious little treats!
Best of all – NO baking… and about 15 minutes to whip them up.
Keep them chilled or in the freezer and enjoy one or two whenever a chocolate craving strikes.
Also, keep in mind, these are not “pinterest-picture-perfect” – but hey, who cares…they taste GREAT!
Additional Easy & No-Bake Treats…
- Chocolate-Dipped Apricots
- Dates Filled with Mascarpone and Walnuts
- S’mores Dark Chocolate Bark
- Classic Panna Cotta
- 12 pitted Medjool dates
- 3 to 4 tsp. peanut butter
- 3 to 4 tsp. Nutella
- 8 to 10 walnuts
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Optional: 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
- some shredded coconut - to sprinkle on top
- First, remove the pits from the dates if they are not already pitted. Slice in half, remove the pit and discard. Place them onto a small baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Use a teaspoon to fill 6 dates with peanut butter and the other 6 with Nutella, and about 1/2 teaspoon of filling.
- Place a walnut inside each date and lightly squeeze to close the best you can.
- Transfer the stuffed dates into the freezer for a few minutes.
- Next, melt the chocolate chips. You can do this using a double boiler, or in the microwave. Add some coconut oil, if you need to. But we find it helps to loosen the chocolate, making it easier to dip and cover the dates.
- Remove the dates from the freezer and dip each one into the melted chocolate. Use a fork or spoon to help and allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the pot or dish. Place each one onto the parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with some shredded coconut on top. Transfer the dates to your refrigerator until the chocolate is set, about 20 minutes or longer (or 30 minutes in the freezer).
- Yields: 12 chocolate-covered dates
Variation for toppings: you can easily sprinkle on top with crushed nuts or with sea salt.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159
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Happy and Delicious No-Bake Treats!
thanks for stopping by…
xo anna and liz