Dates are definitely one of my favourite dried fruits. They are packed with so much goodness too, such as dietary fibre, iron, potassium, copper and manganese. They are considered low glycemic as well. In my opinion dates have a very caramel like taste and texture which lends itself very well to healthier treats and desserts. My husband often takes what I make in my test kitchen to the clinic where he works and shares with his colleagues. He brought the second batch I made into his work and without saying anything gave one to one of his employees to try. His colleague loved them and said he had no idea they were made from dates! These couldn’t be any simpler, just be sure to find the largest, juiciest dried dates you can. My favourite variety of dates are Medjool dates, however use whatever kind of dates you have access to locally, such as Deglet Noor and Ajwa. These can be made paleo if you use paleo chocolate chip cookies.
Carefully slice each date down the middle. Be sure not to slice completely in half as they will need to be opened like a book and stuffed. Remove the pits and open each date. Add all of the filing ingredients to a medium bowl and use a large spoon to mix well.
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Place dates on the paper and and stuff each date with about 1-2 tsp of filling. Don’t worry if the filling is uneven or spills out the top.
Melt chocolate and coconut oil over very low heat or over a double boiler (place heat safe bowl over a pot of water that is almost boiling but hasn’t come to a full boil and whisk until chocolate is melted) and drizzle over the stuffed dates. Place dates in the refrigerator to firm up the chocolate a little, about 10 minutes or enjoy as is, messy and oh so yummy!
Serving Size 2 dates