Date “Snickers”

The new and improved snickers bar is here! Dates are one of my favorite foods. Biting through that flaky, chewy skin into the juicy sweet center is oh so delicious- they’re nature’s candy! They taste just like caramel and I can’t see why someone wouldn’t like them.

Dates are a whole food and are a great source of fiber. They contain many nutrients all of which can help improve digestion, give you quick energy you may be lacking, and because of their high mineral content- they can improve bone health.

These “snickers” taste incredible and (in my opinion) taste just like an actual snickers bar but without all those highly processed ingredients including hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, and artificial flavorings. These require just 5 ingredients and I promise- you’ll LOVE them!

 

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Yield: 8-9 date “snickers”

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon solidified coconut oil
  • 1 cup of organic medjool dates, about 8 or 9 dates
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, (I use this brand)
  • 2 tablespoons of raw unsalted peanuts  (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • Sea salt for sprinkling (optional)

 

Procedure:

  1. In a double broiler or microwave, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl. Heat and whisk until smooth consistency. Set aside.
  2. Carefully cut dates down the center without going all the way through and remove the pit if not pitted already.
  3. Using a butter knife, spread peanut butter evenly inside each date.
  4. Stuff each date with peanuts and line a large plate with parchment paper.
  5. Carefully dip each stuffed date in the melted chocolate using your fingers or a spoon until completely covered.
  6. Place each chocolate covered date onto the plate lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle each date with sea salt if desired.
  7. Set in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to harden.
  8. Serve and EAT.

 

Notes:

  • Keep stored in refrigerator for 2 weeks in airtight container.

Five Spice Roasted Almonds Stuffed in Dates

I survived my first week of culinary school and wanted to put into practice what I learned this weekend. We learned about knife skills, different types of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. The spice lesson was my favorite to learn about because I was not familiar with most of the ones my chef instructor was talking about. She talked about the origin, how to use them, and what foods go best with each. It was so fascinating and got me excited to experiment with some.

Chinese five spice was one of the ones that really brought my attention. It reminds me of a chai spice blend and if you know me, you know how much I love my chai tea lattes! It smells incredible- so warming with a little bit of spiciness. The almonds are roasted in this spice however if you can not find it- no worries- just use cinnamon. This combination is the perfect satisfaction for something sweet, crunchy, and tasty!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice (cinnamon, ginger, anise, star anise, cloves)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 packet of pitted medjool dates

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl combine almonds, five spice, salt, and oil.
  3. Using your hands or a spoon, mix well until almonds are covered with mixture.
  4. Place almonds onto the baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until a darker shade of brown (not burnt!)
  5. In the meantime, cut dates down the center making sure not to cut all the way through.
  6. Remove the seed (if not pitted) from the dates and stuff with 2-3 almonds.
  7. EAT!

 

stuffed dates

 

Notes**

  • Feel free to stuff dates as you eat them. Not necessary to do all at once.
  • You will probably have leftover almonds, they are just as good on their own!
  • If you can not find Chinese five spice in your grocery store, you can make your own. There are different variations but all taste similar.

Glazed Pumpkin Spice Balls

It’s fall, which means all things pumpkin! Not gonna lie, I always get excited for this time of year because I love all the seasonal spices and produce! These balls kind of remind me of eating a glazed munchkin donut but are so much healthier and full of nutritious ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup oat flour*
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 4 teaspoons pure maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Soak dates in warm water for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, process cashews into a food processor. Set aside.
  3. Place dates and almond milk into food processor and process until a smooth, thick consistency.
  4. Then add oat flour, cashews, and pumpkin pie spice. Process until a “dough” consistency has formed.
  5. Using your hands or a cookie scoop, form 8 balls and place onto a baking sheet or large plate. (Might be more or less depending on how big you make them if using your hands)
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes to set.
  7. Meanwhile, melt coconut butter in a microwaveable safe bowl for about 30-45 seconds.
  8. Add maple syrup to melted coconut butter and stir with a spoon until mixture is smooth.
  9. Take balls out of the refrigerator. Place parchment paper onto a separate baking sheet or large plate.
  10. Take one ball and using a spoon, pour the melted coconut butter mixture all over the ball. Place on to the parchment paper. Repeat this process until all balls have been covered.
  11. Place back into the refrigerator for 5 minutes or until “glaze” has solidified.
  12. Repeat step #10 and place back into the refrigerator for 45 minutes to fully harden.
  13. Take off parchment paper and store into an airtight container in either the fridge/freezer or serve right away.
  14. Enjoy!

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Notes:

  • *To make oat flour, blend oats into a food processor or blender until they are ground into a fine flour consistency.
  • If storing in the freezer, let thaw for about 5 minutes so that you don’t hurt your teeth!

Date Caramel Dipping Sauce

I’m always a fan of dipping my apples in peanut butter- anyone else with me?? To switch things up, I created this silky, smooth date sauce that truly does taste like caramel! Just 3 ingredients are all you need to create this sauce. Serve this at a party for a mini appetizer or just enjoy at home with the family! It’s the perfect refined sugar free treat that anyone can enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1.5 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

 

Directions:

  1. Soak dates in warm water for 5 minutes.
  2. Place into a food processor alone with the milk and salt.
  3. Process until texture is smooth and silky. This will take about 5 minutes. Keep processing and pushing the mixture down into the blades.
  4. Serve with sliced apples and enjoy!

 

Notes:

  • Keep stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks!

 

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