Over Thanksgiving my aunt and cousins brought a really delicious and new appetizer to our house. When they opened the container and I laid eyes on what was inside, my face was smiling but my mind was saying “what the hell are those.” Well when they told me “Dates” I was even less enthused. HOWEVER, being open minded in every level of the food department I kept listening. The dates were filled with peanut butter and topped with confectioners sugar. Yep. And they were good!
Well, I have been racking my brain for some healthier desserts to satisfy our sweet tooth’s after dinner (or before) and these rang a bell. I made a few alterations to fit my lifestyle and I think they came out fabulous! I didn’t really use an exact recipe so bare with me as I put estimates below. These are super easy and super delicious!
PB & Chocolate Dates
- Natural Peanut Butter (about 1/2 cup)
- Pitted Dates (About 20 dates)
- Dark chocolate (5 oz of dark chocolate` pieces from WF)
- Sea Salt (optional)
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. Make room in freezer for sheet pan for later use.
Slice a small cut into each date so it is opened across the top. It will look something like a hotdog bun, if you will
I poured about 1/2 cup PB into a zip lock baggie, cut of the corner and piped PB into each date. Place date onto baking sheet and put in freezer for about 20-30 minutes, until PB has hardened.
In a microwave safe bowl (or using a double boiler) slowly melt chocolate. I heated mine in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Once chocolate is melted, use tongs to dip each date into the chocolate and place back onto the baking sheet. Allow excess chocolate to drip off before placing on sheet.
Top with a sprinkle of sea salt if desired. Place in freezer until hard.