Almond Butter Stuffed Dates
I’m really into dates and appreciate their rich sweetness in baked goods and energy balls. Do you, like me, also love eating them just like that? They are so satisfyingly sweet that it’s difficult to eat more than 2 or 3, don’t you think? Combining them with dark chocolate, almond butter, sea salt and a little bit of cinnamon is such an easy and great snack – your fellow foodie friends will thank you when you serve them a bunch of these. And the best thing: they’re ready to eat within just a few minutes!
everyone loves dating
Dates are my absolute favourite item in the pantry! I enjoy their creamy texture, their caramelly aroma, their sweet taste and what I love the most is that fortunately, they happen to be good for me! They grow on date palm trees in Northern Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and provide us with a broad variety of essential nutrients. Not only are they a good source of dietary potassium, but 20% of a ripe date is made up of fiber, protein and trace elements such as copper, magnesium, selenium and zinc. The remaining 80% of dates are made up of sugar which is why they are relatively high in carbohydrates. We also find a selection of antioxidants in dates, including flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid, which all contribute to preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. While both fresh and dried dates are delicious, they have a different nutritional profile: fresh dates are lower in sugar and higher in vitamin C, but dried dates are higher in fiber, calcium and iron. Most of the dates that we buy in Western countries have already been dried, which is a great way of conserving them. However, if you’ve never tasted a fresh date and are curious to try them, go ahead and buy them in your local Middle Eastern supermarket. Now chop chop, let’s turn our delicious dates into an irresistible snack!
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min
For this recipe you will need:
6 dates, pitted
6 tsp almond butter
1 tbsp roasted nuts, roughly chopped
1 tbsp 85% dark chocolate, shaved
sprinkle of sea salt
sprinkle of cinnamon
(I almost don’t need to write any instructions because this is too easy.)
- Take a pitted date, stuff it with one teaspoon of almond butter, then top with roasted nuts, dark chocolate, sea salt and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Repeat until all dates are filled to the brim. Eat this snack with pleasure because that’s what it’s there for. ♥