Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Peanut Butter

5 from 16 votes
This easy Chocolate Covered Dates recipe tastes like a Snickers bar! But it's made with real-food ingredients that you can feel good about eating. It's sweet with caramel flavour from the dates, delicious peanut crunch and a smooth chocolate drizzle to top.ย 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Jun 10, 2021 (Last updated Mar 11, 2024) by Hannah Sunderani

Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Peanut Butter

Sweet and easy Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Peanut Butter! This quick and wholesome dessert recipe is made with just 4 healthy ingredients: dates, peanut butter, peanuts and chocolate – that you can feel good about indulging in. Enjoy for a sweet snack or simple dessert any day of the week!

Image of chocolate covered dates on a white plate on a light pink background. The dates have been filled with peanut butter and chopped peanuts and then drizzled with chocolate and chilled. There's a little bits of peanuts and chocolate chips on the light pink countertop.
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Why Youโ€™ll Love My Recipe

These chocolate covered dates are basically like a homemade snickers bar, but made with really healthy and wholesome ingredients. Chewy dates are perfect for mimicking that gooey, caramel filling. And when stuffed with creamy peanut butter and crunchy peanuts, then finished with a decadent drizzle of chocolate, it’s a lush sweet treat you won’t be able to resist.

Once you’re hooked, making dessert recipes with dates will quickly become one of your favourite ways to satisfy a sweet tooth. So be sure to browse a few of my other healthy date recipes, like theseย PB&J Stuffed Dates,ย Fig and Raspberry Cheesecake, and thisย Extra-Thick Vegan Coffee Milkshake.

Hannah xx

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All of the ingredients required to make this recipe sitting on a wood cutting board on a light pink countertop.

Ingredient Notes

  • Fresh dates: For this recipe, it is best to use large Medjool dates. Deglet Noor dates are another popular version of dates, but their smaller size makes them more difficult to stuff with peanut butter.
  • Peanut butter: Use a natural, creamy smooth peanut butter. The more runny it is, the easier it will be to spoon into the middle of the dates. 
  • Peanuts: Chopped peanuts add the perfect crunch and really makes this delicious treat taste like a Snickers. 
  • Chocolate: I usually melt vegan chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, but you can also chop up and melt a vegan chocolate bar. Rich dark chocolate is my personal preference, but semi-sweet chocolate or a vegan milk chocolate would work well, too! 
  • Coconut oil: I recommend adding a dollop of coconut oil to my chocolate before melting to make it silky smooth and easy to drizzle. If you don’t enjoy the flavor of coconut, use a refined coconut oil! 
  • Salt: โ€‹Optional, but finishing the chocolate-covered dates with a sprinkle of sea salt is the best way to balance the sweetness of the dates and chocolate coating. Flaky sea salt is best, but use any sea salt you have on hand! 

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How to Make Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Peanut Butter

It’s so easy to make these chocolate covered stuffed dates with peanut butter! Literally – anyone could do it! 

Start by placing the dates on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Slice into the centre of the Medjool dates to remove the pit. Just be sure not to cut all the way through. You want to make an opening down the middle so that we can remove the pit, yet still be able to stuff them without the peanut butter oozing out the bottom! 

Then, once the dates are all pitted, stuff them with smooth peanut butter, and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts. 

Finally, melt some semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips. I like to do this in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second increments until just melted, but you can also do this on the stovetop using a double boiler. Check out this helpful guide for step by step instructions on how to melt chocolate at home: 4 Ways to Melt Chocolate.

Once the chocolate is melted, drizzle the melted chocolate over the dates in a zig-zag pattern until generously covered. 

Pop them in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes, then sprinkle with flaky sea salt and dig in! 

Storage Instructions

Leftover dates will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. For best storage, keep them in an air-tight container with a piece of parchment paper between layers, as needed. 

Recipe FAQs

โ€‹Do I need to add the coconut oil when melting the chocolate?

You can definitely skip it, but I find that little touch of oil does help to make the chocolate really smooth, glossy, and easier to drizzle. If you are oil-free, feel free to skip it! These chocolate dates will still be equally delicious without. 

Can I make these chocolate dates without peanuts?

Yes! If you are allergic to peanut butter, substitute in your favorite natural nut butter, such as almond butter, hazelnut butter or cashew butter as well as chopped nuts of choice. Or, if you are allergic to all nuts, sunflower seed butter with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds is the perfect alternative. 

Can I replace the coconut oil with another cooking oil?

I don’t see a problem with that substitution at all! A little dash of vegetable oil or avocado oil will give it that same glossy look. 

Image of chocolate covered dates on a white plate on a light pink background. The dates have been filled with peanut butter and chopped peanuts and then drizzled with chocolate and chilled. There's a little bits of peanuts and chocolate chips on the light pink countertop.

More Recipes with Dates You Might Like:

I hope you love this healthy Snickers recipe as much as I do! If you do make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think and check out The Two Spoons App for more wholesome vegan recipes like this! I truly love hearing from you, and Iโ€™m always here to answer any questions you might have. 

And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations. 

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Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Peanut Butter

5 from 16 votes
This easy Chocolate Covered Dates recipe tastes like a Snickers bar! But it's made with real-food ingredients that you can feel good about eating. It's sweet with caramel flavour from the dates, delicious peanut crunch and a smooth chocolate drizzle to top.ย 
Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates with Peanut Butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serves 12 stuffed dates

Ingredients

  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup all-natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup peanuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • pinch flaky sea salt (optional for sprinkling)

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut a slit into the centre of each date, lengthwise, and remove the pit. (Be sure not to cut all the way through as we want to stuff them!)
  • Stuff the inside of each date generously with peanut butter and sprinkle with the peanuts. Place on the baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Melt in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth and combined, mix with a spoon to do so. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the dates to coat. Optional to sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Refrigerate the stuffed dates until the chocolate has fully hardened, about 30 minutes.

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Notes

Recipe will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.ย 
Nutritional information is a rough estimate.ย 

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Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I made these this evening. Oh my gosh they are so good! Thank you for the recipe. I will be making these again.

  2. This was sooooo easy to make and seriously the best treat ever. I was shocked at how good this was & how it really
    tasted like a snickers. Except after you eat it you donโ€™t feel crappy like you would if you had an actual snickers lol. Will make again!

    • Kayla I’m so glad you liked these snicker dates as much as I do! I wholeheartedly agree with this review – tastes so much like the real thing without any of the tummy ache! haha. Thanks for the kind review. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. These are AWESOME! My guests loved them. Back in the 40โ€™s for Thanksgiving and Christmas, my grandmother always made dates stuffed with peanut butter and everyone loved them. You have ratcheted her recipe up to a new level by adding the chocolate chips and sea salt! Bravo!

    • Oh Judie I am thrilled and honoured that this recipe was such a hit and that it tributes on that you remember from your Grandma. Thank you for this very kind comment. Really thrilled you loved the sea salt addition, it’s so good with chocolate! haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Can I use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil in stuffed dates w peanut butter and covered w chocolate?

    • Hi Jane! I haven’t tried this myself but I don’t see a problem with that substitution at all! I imagine that little dash of vegetable oil will give the same glossy look. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know how you get on if you give it a try.

  5. I made these without the chopped peanuts and dipped them whole into the melted chocolate. I keep them in the freezer. They satisfy the sweet tooth and are sooooooo good!

  6. I was excited to try these et was not disappointed. For fun, I substituted roasted pecans for the peanuts–my family loved them.

  7. AMAZING! Super easy to make and completely satisfies my craving for sweets. So happy I found a snack that will help me remain healthy while still eating a “snickers” every once in awhile. I added a little caramel drizzle to some of them and while it was good, they didn’t even need it because they were already so good on their own.

    • Hi Samantha! Thanks for this very kind note about these snickers dates! I really love this recipe to and make it all the time for a sweet-tooth fix! Glad it hits the spot for you too!

  8. These are absolutely amazing! No guilt pleasure! And super simple. A bit messy to make but worth it!

    • Hi Cassie! Thanks so much for the very kind comment! Oh yes, that chocolate drizzle can be a little messy! haha. I like to line the plate with parchment paper to help keep things a little cleaner. Hope that helps! xx

  9. Well, I imagined they are a five – Husband doesn’t like any “real” sugar. Made with a natural cashew butter, some salted peanuts and instead of regular chocolate chips, I tried to use Stevia sweetened chocolate chips. Even with the changes, they were delicious. For my own taste, I’d prefer the peanut butter and real chocolate though. Yummy. Thank you.

  10. WOW this recipe is my new obsession! I canโ€™t believe how much they actually taste like a snickers chocolate bar! Amazing, so good. We ate them all up, way too fast! Haha
    Thanks so much for this recipe Hannah!!

    • I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe Krystal! We absolutely LOVE it too! It’s hard to not eat them all in one sitting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. The stuffed dates were so easy to make and tasted amazing. My new healthy snack โ™ฅ๏ธ

    • Hi Cathy! I’m so glad you enjoyed making these dates. They are a wonderful snack! Enjoy!!