So, I share this with you for those moments when you just need a little something for a pick-me-up. Something to tide you over the mid afternoon slump. Something to sooth you through the evening grumpy hour (or hours) with your kids. Something to relax with over a cup of coffee (or Friendly Hot Chocolate) that won't give you the guilts. You can ditch the chocolate and just eat the date stuffed with the almond butter and it's really good. But trust me, take the time to dip them in chocolate and keep a batch in the freezer for those emergency moments when you need a little something that says 'you can do this...keep going'. I think you'll thank me for it.
- 16 Medjool Dates (the large, soft variety)
- 100g (3.5 oz) dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
- about 1/4 cup pure almond butter
- Line a small baking tray with baking paper.
- Cut dates long-ways down the middle until you hit the seed (do not cut all the way through).
- Remove the seed
- Fill the cavity with 1/2 teaspoon almond butter per date
- Eat them now or place them all on the baking tray in the freezer to firm up for at least half an hour and then coat with chocolate (the chocolate sticks to the date much better if it has been frozen first)
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (instructions are in this Rocky Road recipe if you need them)
- Take stuffed dates out of freezer and one at a time roll them in the chocolate and remove with a fork. Allow excess chocolate to drain off the date over the bowl before placing the choc covered dates on the baking tray.
- When all dates are coated, place the tray back in the freezer for an hour.
- Store them in the freezer in an airtight container. Neither the date nor the almond butter actually freeze solid- they have a lovely chewy texture that is reminiscent of real caramel, and are surprisingly not super cold to eat. You can also store them in the fridge if you prefer.
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