4-Ingredient Stuffed Dates: with homemade almond butter & Chocolate
Vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and naturally-sweetened, these 4-ingredient stuffed dates are super delicious while remaining a healthy vegan snack! Plus using homemade almond butter takes these snacks to the next level!
If you don't have almond butter, start by roasting the almonds (200 grams) in the oven at 165°C for 10 mins.
Once roasted, add the almonds immediately to a high-speed food processor/blender, add a pinch of salt and then blend until desired consistency. The longer you blend, the runnier the home-made almond butter will be.
Give your blender/food processor a bit of rest if it’s heating up. Some processors might take up to 10 minutes to blend to a buttery consistency so don’t give up and keep on blending.
Note: Almond butter can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of weeks. We only need 6 tsp almond butter for the 12 dates.
De-seed the dates by carefully opening then in two, like a book. Don't cut them completely in two.
Melt the chocolate. Best to use dark (~80%), unsweetened chocolate. It doesn't need to be sweet as the dates are the sweet element. Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler, alternatively, you could also melt it in the microwave in 10-second increments.
You are ready to assemble the chocolate dates.
First, spoon some almond butter inside each date and then close them again. I like to try stuff as much as possible but probably use 1/2-1 tsp per date
Dip each date into the chocolate. I pierced them with a wooden skewer to help me dip them. Put them on a cooling rack or other mesh trays, to allow for any extra chocolate to drip.
Decorate with edible flowers and sprinkle with salt. Enjoy!
200 grams of raw almonds will yield around 1 cup almond butter (16 tBsp). We only need 1/2 tsp almond butter in each date.