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These dates are loaded with cinnamon spice flavors. Made with only 5 ingredients, these are the perfect quick and easy bite-sized snack to whip up to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
From Halloween to Thanksgiving and now the Holiday Season, candy, cookies, and sweets consumption are at an all time high. If you’re worried about all of the processed sugary foods you’ve eaten lately, these chocolate covered almond butter stuffed dates might be your go-to sweet tooth solution. Packed with natural sugars and real food ingredients, these stuffed dates are a healthy option to make and come together in just 10 minutes!
You may be wondering, are medjool dates actually all that healthy? The answer is 100% yes! Because their sugar content is naturally occurring and not processed, they don’t spike your blood sugar and give you that crazy sugar high experience.
Medjool dates are actually really popular amongst pregnant women right now. Fiber is an important part of anyone’s diet, but this is especially true for pregnant women. Just by eating 3 dates, that’s 3g of fiber consumed, which accounts for 11% of the daily recommended fiber intake. For pregnant women, there are many other benefits of eating dates. Dates have a low-glycemic index, are packed with nutrients, and support a healthy labor!
Now let’s talk about cinnamon. Cinnamon is also widely recognized for its health benefits. Besides cinnamon being one of the most delicious spices, it is also loaded with antioxidants, can help fight inflammation, and helps reduce blood sugar levels.
Let me tell you how to make these nutrient-packed, healthy chocolate covered dates!
Ingredients in these Cinnamon Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates
Medjool Dates: Some medjool dates come already pitted or you can buy ones that you have to pit yourself (either way, the recipe is super easy, there isn’t a wrong choice here!) I either buy the Organic Whole Medjool Dates from Thrive Market or the Organic Pitted Medjool Dates from Trader Joe’s.
Chocolate Chips: Two brands of chocolate chips that I always stock in my pantry from my Thrive Market orders are: Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips as a dairy-free and soy-free option and Lily’s dark chocolate baking chips as a no-sugar option. Lily’s are slightly lower in calories if that’s what you’re looking for, however they do contain soy and are not a dairy-free option.
Almond Butter: I love Justin’s Cinnamon Almond Butter for this recipe. But any brand of creamy almond butter will work great. Another solid choice is Trader Joe’s creamy unsalted almond butter. You can’t go wrong with any natural almond butter.
Coconut Oil: Just a small amount will be used to help melt the chocolate to a thinner consistency so we can easily coat these dates! If you don’t want an overwhelming coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil.
Cinnamon: The cinnamon is going to be mixed with the chocolate (and possibly the almond butter if you don’t have a cinnamon almond butter on hand). You can also sprinkle a little bit on top at the end!
Kitchen Tools Needed for this Recipe
- Microwave safe bowl for melting the chocolate
- Small tray to set the dates on when they go in the fridge to let the chocolate set
- Parchment paper
- Knife and cutting board to slit the dates
How to Make these Cinnamon Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates
Step One: Slit your dates lengthwise and remove the pit. Fill each with ½ tbsp of cinnamon almond butter.
Step Two: Add the chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl along with 1 tsp of coconut oil. Microwave for 30 seconds, remove and stir until completely melted. Add in the tsp of cinnamon and stir to combine.
Step Three: With a fork or toothpick, dip your dates in the chocolate and use a spoon to help completely coat them.
Step Four: Place the coated dates on a parchment paper lined baking tray and sprinkle with optional sea salt flakes and a dusting of cinnamon powder.
Step Five: Set in the fridge for at least 1 hour until the chocolate has hardened.
Step Six: Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week.