There’s nothing better than a snack that satisfies all your cravings in one little bite, and these do just that. These simple little date snacks are made of crunchy walnut pieces and bitter dark chocolate chunks sandwiched between a big medjool date that’s been smeared with smooth, salty peanut butter, and sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg. Salty. Sweet. Bitter. Smooth. Crunchy. and warmly spiced.
This is one of my absolute favourite snacks when I’m craving something sweet. It tastes like a turtles chocolate but since it’s made with all natural ingredients it’s about 100 times better for you. Thanks to sticky sweet dates, these are sweet and caramelly, with the sweetness offset by bitter dark chocolate and contrasted by salty peanut butter.
They’re naturally vegan and gluten free and can be refined sugar free depending on what kind of chocolate you use. I used a 92% dark chocolate bar from Vivani that’s vegan and sweetened with coconut blossom nectar. It’s one of my favourite bars to chop up and use in snacks and baking.
If you don’t want to snack on these alone, they’d also make a great holiday party snack. They’re quick and easy to prepare and can be made well ahead of time. Just make a bunch, spear them with toothpicks, and arrange them on a festive platter for munching or as part of a dessert buffet.
Of course you can get creative and change up the ingredients too. Try using a different nut butter…. I think almond or hazelnut would be delicious or a seed butter for a nut free version. You could also replace the walnuts with other nuts or seeds like pecans, macadamia nuts or almonds.
- For one date bite:
- 1 large, soft medjool date
- ~1 tsp salted peanut butter (more or less to taste and depending on how big the date is)
- 2-3 small walnut chunks
- 2-3 dark chocolate chunks
- sprinkle of cinnamon and/or nutmeg
- pull/slice your date open down the middle
- smear the peanut butter on one half
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and/or nutmeg
- Stick the walnuts and chocolate in