Paleo Chocolate Covered Dates

These simple chocolate-dipped dates are bursting with flavour in each bite and are the perfect alternative to the celebrations chocolate boxes that most households have lying around over christmas. I will certainly be making these for us to snack on instead of the other treats that will be lying around…in face I prefer these!

Medjool dates are becoming very popular in Paleo cooking and are an excellent choice if you are following the True Vitality 4 Mums Nutrition Plan where you will be eating lean, clean and green. Their soft, chewy texture acts as a great binder for many different recipes, while at the same time adding natural sweetness. They provide fiber, iron, and potassium to your diet as well. In this recipe the dates keep their natural shape, first stuffed and then dipped in rich chocolate. Yum, what is there not to love!

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  2. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  3. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted, divided
  6. 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  7. 2 cups pitted Medjool dates
  8. 3 oz. paleo-approved dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Add the coconut flakes, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil to a food processor. Pulse until a smooth paste is formed. Set aside.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper. Make a slice in the dates and fill with a small amount of the coconut flakes mixture or the chopped almonds.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave along with the remaining coconut oil. Stir to combine.
  4. Use a fork to dip the dates into the melted chocolate. Place onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional coconut flakes or chopped almonds if desired. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden. Serve cold.
Notes
  1. Servings: about 18 dates

I hope you enjoy these dates as much as I do!

Laura xx

 

 

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