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Chocolate-Covered Dates with Middle Eastern Flavors

Chocolate-Covered Dates with Middle Eastern Flavors
Chocolate-Covered Dates with Middle Eastern Flavors

A perfect little treat that is very easy to make and will satisfy all your sweet cravings. These chocolate-covered dates are stuffed with sweet tahini and are finished off with a sprinkling of chopped nuts and coconut. As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best desserts ever. Serve these for a healthy treat that is naturally gluten-free and vegan. 

Ingredients Overview

Dates: Medjool dates because they are larger, juicer, and easier to stuff.  

Pistachios and walnuts: Raw or roasted.

Dark chocolate: You can use any chocolate you like; use dark dairy-free chocolate chip for a vegan version. 

Maple syrup: Real maple syrup — not just maple-flavored syrup, which can be loaded with refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

Tahini: Runny tahini is key. This recipe works best with runny tahini that will easily mix with the other ingredients. Tahini brands vary widely in consistency, so look for one with a smooth, pourable texture. I like (affiliate links) Soom, Baron, and Seed+Mill.

Shredded coconut or desiccated coconut: Unsweetened shredded coconut, or my personal preference desiccated coconut. Desiccated coconut is grounded and has a moist texture.

Rose water (optional): Water infused with the flavor of roses. Rose water has a very distinct and strong flavor, so for this recipe a drop would be more then enough.

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No-Bake Energy Balls

Date Syrup-Tahini Granola

Healthy Almond Joy Candy Bars

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Chocolate-Covered Dates with Middle Eastern Flavors

Chocolate-Covered Dates with Middle Eastern Flavors

A perfect little treat that is very easy to make and will satisfy all your sweet cravings.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Israeli, Mediterranean
Keyword: Heallthy Snack
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chil/Set Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 units

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons honey/ date syrup/real maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut  plus a little more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios and walnuts plus a little more for garnish
  • 1 drop rose water optional
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chocolate pieces
  • 1 teaspoon coconut or vegetable oil

For garnish:

  • a handful of mixed chopped pistachios, walnuts, and shredded coconut

Instructions

  • Using a sharp knife, carefully cut a slit into each date and remove each pit.
  • Mix tahini, maple syrup/honey, coconut, chopped pistachios, and walnuts in a small bowl. Add a drop of rose water (optional).
  • Fill each date with a spoonful of the mixture.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl or double broiler method, melt your chocolate chips with the oil until the mixture is melted and stir to combine.
  • Coat the dates with melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped pistachios, walnuts, and shredded coconut. 
  • Pop the covered dates on parchment and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes to set and enjoy. 
  • Leftovers should last up to one week… but I bet they’ll be gone before then! You can also store these treats in the freezer for 1-2 months.

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Hi, I’m Rachel.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m happy you’re here. I am the food blogger behind “Mama Living Abroad.” In this space, I am sharing flavorful recipes that I love to make and have my family and friends approve.

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