Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates
Chocolate Covered Hazelnut & Coconut Stuffed Dates
Originally, these dates were destined for date bread; but these chocolate covered stuffed dates were so delicious that I am glad I changed my mind!
Not only is this simple dessert only 4 ingredients, but by using chocolate with a minimum of 70% cacao it is also a health conscious dessert.
I used white chocolate because I happened to have it on hand when inspiration struck, but using dark chocolate would remove any dessert eating guilt…and I will definitely make these again and again; they are that good.
I am already imagining making these as Christmas gifts (if you are related to me – you didn’t see that!).
To Make Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates:
You will need:
Process hazelnuts and coconut together for a few seconds using a food processor.
Slice one side of dates open lengthwise and remove pits.
Use a spoon to stuff dates with nut mixture.
Melt chocolate in a small bowl in microwave. Microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each time (this will probably only take a total of 20 – 30 seconds at the most).
I had dinner in the oven while making these, so I placed the bowl of chocolate on the warm stove top to keep it melted. You may need to reheat if it cools too much.
Roll dates in chocolate to coat and allow excess to run off into the bowl. Do this in small batches of 4 – 5 dates so the chocolate doesn’t harden up before you have a chance to roll them in the nut mixture.
Roll chocolate coated dates in remaining nut mixture to coat and organize them on a plate leaving a little space between each one. Once you’ve finished coating all the dates in the hazelnut/coconut mixture, let them chill in the fridge for an hour or so to set chocolate.
The whole process took about 20 minutes (plus the hour in the fridge). You may want to hide them if you’re trying to save them for dessert!
After we taste tested these, I caught my uncle sneaking back for more of them, more than once!