Chocolate Covered Snickers Stuffed Dates
Published Oct 27, 2018, Updated Oct 11, 2022
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These chocolate covered Snickers stuffed dates are made with real food ingredients and taste even better than an actual Snickers bar. Vegan + gluten-free.
Halloween is right around the corner and I know it can mark the start of crazy holiday eating habits. We often get hooked on sugar at Halloween, figure why not keep indulging for all the Thanksgiving recipes, and by the time the New Year 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 is for my sugar eating habits to spiral out of control.
Swapping Processed Sugar For Natural Sugar
My number one tip for “cutting back on sugar” is actually switching to natural sugars like maple syrup, honey and Medjool dates. These Snickers stuffed dates are the perfect example of that.
As 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 and none of that processed junk. I’ve shared these peanut butter cups, healthy Twix bars and healthier Butterfingers, but today I’ve got a healthier Snickers recipe for ya!
Are Dates Healthy?
Overwhelmingly yes! I have an entire post on everything you need to know about Medjool dates if you want to do a deeper dive. However, for 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 the carbohydrates and give you sustained energy rather than spiking your blood sugar crazy high.
- are also 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.
Here’s What You Need
These incredible chocolate covered Snickers stuffed dates taste like a Snickers bar and are made with real, whole-food ingredients. And want to know the best part? You only need 5 simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen. Here’s what you need:
- medjool dates – you can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or pit them 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 – I prefer drippy/runny natural peanut butter but you can use any nut or seed butter you like. Some of my go-to brands of peanut butter are Crazy Richard’s, Whole Food’s 365 and Wild Friends (use EBF10 for 10% off your order). If you have a peanut allergy, any kind of nut butter will do!
- chopped/crushed peanuts – an extra boost of peanut flavor and some crunch for texture! Try using a different nut if you have a peanut allergy to add some crunch.
- dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips – I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a low-sugar option and Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy-free/soy-free option.
- coconut oil – this 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!
How to Make Snickers Stuffed Dates
If you’re hosting a Halloween party or want to make a fun dessert with kiddos, give these Snickers stuffed dates 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 of sprinkling each date with crushed peanuts after they’re filled with peanut butter.
3. Kids, dump the chocolate chips into a bowl and moms, you add the coconut oil. Heat until mixture is melted and stir to combine.
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 them in the fridge until the chocolate sets, about 10 minutes.
5. Enjoy this healthy, delicious treat as a family!
tip! Use an icing bag or a zip-lock bag and cut a corner to easily fill dates with peanut butter!
Make a Single Serving
Have a craving for Snickers and want to quickly satisfy it? Make a single Snickers stuffed date and indulge immediately! Just use 1 date, 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon crushed peanuts and about 1 Tablespoon of melted chocolate.
How to Store Snickers Stuffed Dates
I recommend storing these bites in an airtight container in the fridge. They should last up to one week… but I bet they’ll be gone before then! You can also store these treats in the freezer for 1-2 months.
More Date Recipes to Try
- Oatmeal Date Cookies
- 4-Ingredient Samoas
- Samoa Baked Oatmeal
- Date Energy Balls
- Date Caramel Sauce
- Salted Date Oatmeal
- Date Shake
More Healthy Treats for Halloween
- Monster Cookies
- Cookie Dough Bites
- Healthy Almond Joy Bars
- Chocolate Almond Crispy Bites
- Healthy Twix Bars
- 5-Ingredient Healthier Peanut Butter Cups
- Mummy Cookies
- Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies
Chocolate Covered Snickers Stuffed Dates
- 10 medjool dates
- 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
- ¼ cup chopped or crushed peanuts
- ½ cup dairy-free dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Cut a slit in each date and remove the pit.
- Fill each date with peanut butter (about ½ 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 shouldn't 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.
- If you have a peanut allergy, any nut butter and nut will work as a replacement!
- 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.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
I just made these for a party. They were a great success. Thanks!
YUM! I am excited to hear that these are a hit, Stacey. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!
I keep a stash of these in my freezer. They are my go to “treat” at night. Honestly, the dates have helped my digestive system immensely… win win!
WOO! This is the best, Sharon. I am excited to hear that you are also loving this recipe, a freezer stash is a must! Thanks so much for sharing your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it!
Hi, when these are frozen how long do you need to thaw before serving them?
Hi Jasmine – I would let them sit on the counter for about 5 minutes to let the chocolate soften a bit. Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing this recipe!
I purchased medjool dates after reading about all the health benefits, but I had a hard time enjoying them plain. This recipe is delicious and helps satisfy my occasional chocolate craving while getting in some good nutrients (and without all the added sugar/processed junk of factory-made candy bars.)
I’m definitely a huge fan and will be making these again.
God bless you!
Ahh this is the best, Lindsey! I am so glad you found this recipe and are loving them. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!
For the record, I don’t like dates. I’ve tried over and over. I know they’re healthy… but I can’t do it. On to my experience with this recipe, I had some dates to use up as I decided to get rid of them and be done. So I tried these. How on earth are they so delicious?!?! Even my ridiculously picky daughter inhaled them and is constantly begging me to make them. Thank you for converting me, I now respect dates 😉
Ah yay! This is seriously the best, Jen! I am so glad you and your daughter are loving this sweet treat and you are hooked. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!
Hi! These are delicious but my dates are super hard once they’re in the fridge and literally hurt to chew. Did I miss something…? Used fresh medjool dates from Costco. When I let come to room temp the chocolate melts
Hi Rebecca – If your dates were hard prior to filling the, I would recommend soaking them in warm water until they are softened before filling. After they are filled, if you find they are too hard, I would recommend letting sit out on the counter for a bit before eating. Hope this helps!
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