Date Bark

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This viral date bark recipe combines medjool dates with peanut butter, chocolate and peanuts. It tastes like a Snickers bar and is the perfect healthy treat to keep stocked in your freezer. Vegan + gluten-free.

If you love my snickers stuffed dates you’re going to love this frozen date bark recipe, which went viral thanks to Lina @thathealthjunkie.

The base of this bark is medjool dates which are topped with a layer of peanut butter, chopped peanuts and melted chocolate. It legit tastes like a Snickers bar and is seriously SO addicting. I can’t wait for you to try it!

Multiple pieces of date bark on parchment paper.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Tastes like a Snickers candy bar, but is made with wholesome, real food ingredients.
  • Easy to make with only 5 main ingredients.
  • A great healthier dessert option!
  • Can easily be customized to your liking!
  • It’s a no-bake treat aka no need to turn on your oven.
  • Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and can easily be made nut-free.
Multiple pieces of date bark on a small white plate.

Health Benefits of Medjool Dates

I have an entire post on everything you need to know about Medjool dates, but at a quick glance, dates…

  • contain natural sugar, but have a low/medium glycemic index score due to containing a good amount of fiber, which helps to slow the release of carbohydrates and gives you sustained energy rather than spiking your blood sugar crazy high.
  • are naturally low in fat.
  • are packed with nutrients like potassium (50% more potassium by weight than a banana), copper, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron and vitamin K.
Ingredients measured out to make Date Bark: chocolate chips, peanut butter, flaky sea salt, medjool dates, peanuts and coconut oil.

Ingredients Needed

  • medjool dates – the star of the show, these naturally sweet fruits provide a caramel-like flavor and chewy texture, making them the perfect base for our bark. You can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or have the pits that you pit yourself (it’s super easy). Two brands that I like are Natural Delights and Joolies. You can find Natural Delights in the produce section of most grocery stores (near the bananas) and Joolies are offered on Amazon and Thrive Market.
  • peanut butter – adds a creamy, nutty layer to our dates. I prefer drippy/runny natural peanut butter that only has 1 or 2 ingredients (peanuts and salt). Some of my go-to brands of peanut butter are Whole Food’s 365 and Wild Friends (use EBF10 for 10% off your order).
  • chopped peanuts – for a delightful crunch in every bite, and they perfectly complement the creamy peanut butter.
  • chocolate chips – our main coating for the bark. They melt into a silky layer, giving a rich, chocolatey taste. I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a low-sugar option and Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy-free/soy-free option.
  • coconut oilthis is used to help melt the chocolate and helps it to become thinner, which makes it easier to dip the dates. You can skip it, but your melted chocolate will likely be pretty thick. I recommend using refined coconut oil if you don’t want any coconut flavor!
  • flaky sea salt – sprinkled on top to provide a contrast to the sweet dates and chocolate, enhancing the flavor profile of the bark. I love Maldon sea salt flakes.
Collage of four photos showing how to make Date Bark: spreading dates on a sheet pan, topping with peanut butter, peanuts, melted chocolate and sea salt.

How to Make

Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out the pitted medjool dates flat on the baking sheet, ensuring they aren’t overlapping.

Carefully spread a bit of the drippy peanut butter on top of each date. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts over the peanut butter-layered dates.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil. This should take around 30 seconds to 1 minute, but be sure to stir every 20 seconds to ensure the chocolate doesn’t burn. Once melted and smooth, drizzle or spread the chocolate mixture over the dates.

Finish by sprinkling a bit of flaky sea salt over the chocolate-covered dates. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until the chocolate has fully set. Once set, break into pieces and enjoy!

A woman's hand holding a piece of date bark.

Variations

  • Peanut-free: If you have a peanut allergy, swap the peanut butter for almond butter or cashew butter and the peanuts for chopped almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts or pistachios.
  • Nut-free: If you need this recipe to be nut-free, swap the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter or tahini and skip the peanuts altogether or swap them with sunflower seeds or pepitas.
  • Samoa date bark: I made a samoa date bark version that I shared on Instagram. It’s made with cashew butter instead of peanut butter and toasted shredded coconut instead of chopped peanuts. It’s so good and definitely reminds me of my 4-ingredient samoas.
Date bark on parchment paper being cut into multiple pieces with a knife.

Tips for Success

  • Quality of dates: Opt for fresh Medjool dates that are soft and plump. Older dates tend to be drier and won’t provide the desired chewy texture.
  • Soak dates if needed: If you find that your dates are quite hard you can let them soak in hot water for about 10 minutes to soften them up a bit. Just make sure to drain and blot the excess water up before placing the dates on your baking pan.
  • Don’t skip the coconut oil: Don’t skip this in the chocolate! The coconut oil creates a smooth and glossy finish to your melted chocolate and helps it to harden faster.
Multiple pieces of date bark on a metal baking dish.

How to Store

I recommend storing this date bark in an airtight container in the fridge. It should last up to one week… but I bet they’ll be gone before then! You can also store this sweet treat in the freezer for up to 3 months. Pro tip: If you’re storing in the freezer, the dates will get pretty hard so let the bark sit out a few minutes before biting into it.

More Date Recipes to Try

More No Bake Treats to Try

Be sure to check out all of medjool date recipes as well as the full collection of dessert recipes on EBF!

4.93 from 14 votes

Date Bark

This viral date bark recipe combines medjool dates with peanut butter, chocolate and peanuts. It tastes like a Snickers bar and is the perfect healthy treat to keep stocked in your freezer. Vegan + gluten-free. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Split dates open and press down each one down onto the sheet, making sure they overlap a little so they stick together.
    Multiple dates flattened out into a rectangle on a metal baking dish.
  • Drizzle peanut butter on top and use a spoon so spread it across the dates. Sprinkle on chopped peanuts.
    Peanut butter spread on top of the flattened dates and topped off with crushed peanuts.
  • Melt chocolate with coconut oil and drizzle it on. Use a spoon to spread it around so it coats everything.
    A metal spoon being used to drizzle chocolate on top of the peanut butter and dates.
  • Sprinkle on flaky sea salt and pop the baking sheet into the freezer for 10-15 minutes, or until the chocolate has set. Remove from the freezer, chop the bark into 10 pieces and enjoy.
    The finished date bark topped off with flaky salt.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. If you’re storing in the freezer, the dates will get pretty hard so let the bark sit out a few minutes before biting into it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/10th recipe | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g

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

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Date Bark
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13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this today, it is totally yummy.
    My dates were a little bit hard so I softened them in the microwave for 30 seconds, and did the same with the peanut butter.
    I will try the samoas next.
    Thank you.

    1. YAY! I am so glad you’re loving these and they turned out great for you, Carol! Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me. Hope you love the Samoa Date Bark just as much!

  2. I’m so excited to find a quick way to prep this delicious flavor combo! I’ve made the individual snickers dates before and it is a labor of love because it takes at least 1.5 hours…but this recipe came together in a fraction of that and with way less mess! I think I even tripled the recipe…used the big Costco package of medjool dates, and it was still so fast! Thank you for your lovely video and clear directions.

    1. YUM! I am so glad you gave this recipe a try and are loving it, Rachel. Thanks for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  3. Going to try this with from-scratch chocolate sweetened with maple syrup as I’m off sugar and artificial sweeteners. It looks easy and delish can’t wait to report back

      1. Happy to report it was super easy to put together and so delicious! Cacao is a little more bitter than cocoa, and the dates offset it perfectly. Such a treat! I wasn’t the only one in my home that loved it.

        1. YUM! I am SO happy you have this recipe a try and are loving it, Annie. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me.

  4. 5 stars
    My teenage daughter was looking for a sweet recipe without processed sugar when we found this. Delicious!!! We’ve now made it several times because it is so easy, healthy (for a treat!) and fast! My only recommendation is to use high quality dates. The first time I used a generic brand that may have been stale. After that I got dates from my local co-op. So much better! Thanks for another winning recipe!

    1. AHH! This is amazing, LeeAnn! I am so glad you found this recipe and you are both loving it. Thank you for your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it. P.S totally agree the quality of dates matters for this recipe, glad you found great ones!

    1. YUM! I am so glad you gave this a try and it turned out amazing of you, Kathy. Thank you for your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it!