Medjool dates stuffed with peanut butter and peanuts and coated in chocolate. These chocolate covered snickers stuffed dates are made with real food ingredients and taste even better than an actual Snickers bar.
Another health coach tip for you today . . . it’s all about sugar! Halloween is right around the corner and I know Halloween is the start of the crazy holiday eating habits. We get hooked on sugar at Halloween, figure why not keep indulging for Thanksgiving, and by the time the New Years rolls around we realize we’ve been living in stretchy pants and don’t recognize the girl in the mirror. Been there, done that – but for the past few years I’ve made it my mission to stick with simple healthy habits and cut back on my sugar intake because I know how easy it for my sugar eating habits to spiral out of control.
My number one tip for “cutting back on sugar” is actually switching to natural sugars like maple syrup, honey and medjool dates. This recipe is the perfect example of that. Like I said, Halloween is riiiiight around the corner and seeing those snack-size candies right when you walk in the grocery store is so tempting! Thankfully it’s easy to make something that tastes just as good (if not better) with real food ingredients. I’ve shared my 3-ingredient peanut butter cups and these healthy Twix bars before, but today I’ve got a healthier Snickers recipe for ya!
These incredible chocolate covered snickers stuffed dates taste like snickers and are made with real, whole food ingredients. If you’re hosting a Halloween party or want to make a fun dessert with kiddos, give this a try! This recipe really doesn’t get any easier. I’ll walk you through step by step (including steps for mama and steps for kids!) . . .
1. Cut a slit in the dates and remove the pit (mamas, you can cut the slit and have your kiddos use their little fingers to grab the pits out!).
2. Fill each date with a spoonful of peanut butter (mamas, this step is probably best for you unless you have older kids!). Kids, you’re in charge with sprinkling each date with crushed peanuts.
3. Kids, dump the chocolate chips into a bowl and moms, you add the coconut oil. Heat until mixture is melted and combined.
4. This might have to be a team effort unless your kids are older. The final step is to take each peanut butter filled and peanut topped date and dunk it in the chocolate. I used a toothpick to hold the date together while dipping. Pop the covered dates on parchment and place in the fridge until the chocolate sets.
5. Enjoy this healthy, delicious treat as a family!
Medjool dates stuffed with peanut butter and peanuts and coated in chocolate. These chocolate covered snickers stuffed dates are made with real food ingredients and taste better than an actual Snickers bar.
10 medjool dates
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup chopped/crushed peanuts
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Cut a slit in each date to remove the pit, then fill each with peanut butter (about 1/2 teaspoon) and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts. Set aside.
Place the dark chocolate and the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring between each. It should take longer than 1-2 minutes total.
Using a toothpick, dip each date into melted chocolate and use a spoon to coat the date until completely covered. Place chocolate covered date on a platter lined with parchment. Sprinkle remaining crushed peanuts on top of each date. Place the dates in the fridge to allow the chocolate to set.
Keep leftover chocolate covered dates in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
Need a single-serving treat? Just use 1 date, 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon crushed peanuts and about 1 Tablespoon of melted chocolate.