Dates with Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Salt

I kinda feel guilty about putting this recipe up. I mean does it really warrant a recipe? Dates with Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Salt is basically a non recipe. Stuffed Dates make the most delicious dessert or snack. They are so simple to make and only require minimal ingredients. 

Peanut Butter , chocolate stuffed dates in a green plate on grey towelIn my younger years, I avoided dates as much as I could. Which wasn’t much because as soon as we began fasting, I had to have them at Iftar. My mum would make all kinds of dates but my fave ones were baked in ghee. TRUST ME! SO GOOD!

Nowadays, I love dates and eat them as often as I can. Obviously even more so during Ramadan. I never refuse them anymore. I was going to make a lame joke here but I held myself back.  

These stuffed dates are very popular in our house. They are easy to prepare and taste delicious. They can be made in advance, frozen and can be added to fruit or cheese platters.

Its pretty straight forward really..

I know that most of you will know already. You just remove the stone and them fill them with peanut butter. Around   one teaspoon works perfectly. My favourite is Pip and Nut. It contains no palm oil and contains no added sugar. You can swap the peanut butter with a different nut butter or even tahini or seed butter.

Which dates are best?

I love using medjool dates because they are quite big, really juicy and sweet. We got these ones from SKT welfare this year and have previously brought them via Penny Appeal and the ones that you see in most South Asian Supermarkets.

What’s great about stuffed dates?

Dates are a healthy source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. 

The nut butter provides some protein. Eating protein with something sweet like a date, slows slows the rate at which sugar floods into the bloodstream. If sugar hits your bloodstream quickly you feel high and then very quickly low. The slower it hits your bloodstream the less of a rush you get, but also, less of an after slump.

Stuffed dates freeze really well and are amazing straight out of the freezer. Although it isn’t recommended because it isn’t great for your digestion or your teeth.

I often make a batch and freeze on a baking tray until frozen. I then transfer to a zip lock bag and take out as needed. 

Dates with Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Salt

I kinda feel guilty about putting this recipe up. I mean does it really warrant a recipe? Dates with Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Salt is basically a non recipe. Stuffed Dates make the most delicious dessert or snack. They are so simple to make and only require minimal ingredients. 

Course snacks
Cuisine English, Middle Eastern
Keyword Eid, Ramadan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Safira

Ingredients

  • 8 Dates Pitted and slit
  • 8 tsp Peanut Butter
  • 4 pieces Dark chocolate chopped
  • Flaky Salt

Instructions

  1. Add a dollop of peanut butter to each date, along with a piece of chocolate and a sprinkle of salt.

Honey and Black Seed Bars with Chocolate

I love these Honey and Black Seed Bites with Chocolate. This is a sweet, filling, chewy and delicious bar that is ideal for breakfast, brunch or snack time.

A half filled tray with greaseproof paper and chocolate covered date and honey bites with pink flowers in the tray at the back

The great thing about these little bites is that they keep well in the fridge. I make them at the beginning of the week and then store them in a container in the fridge. They can also be frozen for up to a month.

They are a variation on these Sunnah Inspired Date, Honey and Black Seed Cereal Bar. Obviously the addition of chocolate is a welcome one and I prefer dark chocolate but nay chocolate works. I still find it weird when people don’t like dark chocolate but I was reminded again last night that some people actually hate it! I take it for granted that everyone loves it and I have sent desserts to close family on occasion and forgotten to use milk chocolate instead of dark. Luckily they told me so that I remember for next time and somehow managed to make their way through them!

Nutritional Benefits

Dates – The benefits of dates include relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anaemia. Dates are also good for gaining weight. They are rich in several vitamins, minerals and fiber too. These delicious fruits contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are all beneficial for health. (http://www.organicfacts.net).

Honey – contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. It also reduces gastrointestinal disorders, is anti bacterial and anti fungal, reduces irritations from coughs and sore throats. It helps regulate blood sugar, helps to heal wounds and burns, is probiotic and helps improve skin. 

Black Seed  –  can aid with diabetes, epilepsy, colon, brain, oral and breast cancer, MRSA and  can protect against heart attack and damage. 

**Research shows that black seed is NOT suitable for pregnant women.** 

Date, Honey and Black Seed bites with chocolate

Date, Honey and Black Seed bites with chocolate - A delicious snack for when you need a little pick me up

Course snacks
Cuisine English, Middle Eastern, Muslim
Keyword Snacks, Sunnah
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Fridge 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 25
Author Safira

Ingredients

  • 290 g Oats
  • 16 Medjool Dates
  • 170 g Honey
  • 125 g Almond or Peanut Butter
  • 95 g Pecans or Almonds
  • 1/8 tsp Black Seed
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate Melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C, Gas Mark 4. Add oats to an over tray and bake for 15 minutes.

  2. Pulse dates in a food processor until they form a paste. Add to a bowl and stir in oats, nuts, spices and black seed.

  3. Add the honey and almond butter to a large pan and allow to melt. Once melted, pour over the date mix and quickly combine using a wooden spoon.

  4. Add mixture to a lined tray and press down using the back of a table spoon or bottom of a glass cup.

  5. Spoon over the chocolate and spread evenly to coat. 

  6. Cover the tray and put into the freezer for 15 minutes.

  7. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.  

Recipe Notes

  • Black Seed isn't suitable for pregnant women.
  • Black seed is very bitter and strong. The flavour intensifies as time goes on.
  • These bars keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and in the freezer for up to a month.

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