If you're looking for some healthier treats which are still incredibly delicious, you need to try these simple and delectable vegan peanut butter stuffed dates which are topped generously with melted dairy-free chocolate. I think you'll love them!
Filled with smooth and creamy peanut butter, as well as chopped peanuts, these nutritious mini snacks take less than 30 minutes to make. Quick & easy treats are always my favorites.
Perfect for sharing with others, the stuffed dates make a perfect party food option. You can make plenty of them in a relatively short amount of time and anyone who has the privilege of trying them is going to fall in love!
Why You Will Love These Dates
- Great For Fall Time - The peanut flavors in this recipe are very autumnal so therefore, I love to make these around the third quarter of the year along with the likes of my vegan peanut butter brownies and vegan ginger cake.
- Wonderful Texture - I used medjool dates for this recipe. These dates are the best kind, in my opinion as they taste just like a thick and gooey caramel. Despite this amazing sugary texture, they're super healthy and natural.
- Easy to Assemble - To make these easy stuffed dates, slice each medjool date so that it opens up a pocket on one side. Remove the pits and fill the pockets with the peanut butter and the chopped peanuts. Drizzle on some melted dairy-free chocolate and set in the fridge.
- Allergy Friendly & Plant Based - This vegan peanut butter stuffed dates recipe is wholly vegan, gluten free and dairy free.
- Medjool dates - These are the best types of dates that you can use for this recipe by far. They are so soft, sweet and caramel-like which makes them so moreish. I also used medjool dates in my vegan sticky toffee pudding and vegan biscoff brownie bark recipes, giving them both an excellent consistency.
- Smooth peanut butter - This tastes even creamier when it is inside the dates and combined with the softness of the dates. If you're a big nut butter fan, you'll love this fusion.
- Peanuts - These need to be chopped and sprinkled over the top of the peanut butter filling. You can add more or less than the recommended amount.
- Vegan chocolate chips - I usually use vegan chocolate chips as a filling ingredient but in this recipe, they will be melted in order to create the dairy-free chocolate drizzle which will go on top of each of the dates and then chilled inside the fridge so that it can firm up.
See recipe card for full information on individual ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
- Although this recipe calls for chopped peanuts already, if you really love peanuts you can use crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth peanut butter. This means that there may be at least twice as many peanuts inside the dates as there was beforehand. I also gave this as an option my vegan chocolate peanut butter cups.
- If you like the concept of this recipe but you're not a big peanut butter fan, you can also use a different kind of nut butter or nut butter alternative. This can be anything from almond butter, to cashew butter, to tahini, to sunflower seed butter. These are all unique in their own ways and there are so many other possibilities.
How To Make Stuffed Dates
For the full method, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
1: Slice open the medjool dates.
2: Fill the dates with peanut butter.
3: Sprinkle on the chopped peanuts.
4: Drizzle the stuffed dates with melted vegan chocolate. Freeze.
5: Serve the dates.
Avoid using small dates - If you aren't using the recommended medjool dates which are large, avoid using small dates as they will be harder to fill and slice accurately. Some other larger types of dates include safawi dates and piarom dates. They also taste great.
Slice the dates properly - When slicing the dates, make sure that you only cut them half way across so that a pocket is formed. If you slice too far, the pocket will be too loose and therefore, it will be hard to keep the peanut butter and chopped peanuts inside.
In general, dates are a wonderful source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. However, dates are high in sugar so they should be eaten in moderation. As these are peanut butter stuffed dates, they also contain lots of protein and magnesium. The nutrition of the stuffed dates also relies on what you're filling them with.
You want dates that are tender and easy to work with. Some tend to be quite firm. I love to use medjool dates as they are soft and delicious. I would describe their consistency as caramel-like and juicy which makes them perfect for a stuffed dates recipe.
Store in the fridge inside an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Between them they both contain multiple vitamins and minerals. They also contain proteins and healthy fats that act as a counter-reactive to the sugar. Enjoy these snacks in moderation.
Dried fruits and nuts generally go well together. With dates I love to serve them with walnuts and pecans as I associate them all with fall.
Dates provide lots of energy so they are an ideal pre workout snack. Before a long distance run, many runners like to add nut butters to sliced dates.
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Easy Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates (Vegan, Gluten Free)
- 8 medjool dates
- 35 g smooth peanut butter
- 1.5 Tablespoons peanuts finely chopped
- 30 g vegan chocolate chips melted
- Pinch of sea salt optional
Make the stuffed dates:
- Slice your dates down the center to about halfway and remove the pits. Don’t slice all the way through. The dates should open and close like a book.
- Fill each date with a spoonful of smooth peanut butter and a few chopped peanut pieces.
- Melt the vegan chocolate chips using the double-boiling method or in the microwave. Close the dates and drizzle chocolate onto each other them. Garnish with a little sea salt if you wish.
- Place the dates in the freezer to set for 15 minutes.
- If you aren't using the recommended medjool dates which are large, avoid using small dates as they will be harder to fill and slice accurately. Some other larger types of dates include safawi dates and piarom dates. They also taste great.
- When slicing the dates, make sure that you only cut them half way across so that a pocket is formed. If you slice too far, the pocket will be too loose and therefore, it will be hard to keep the peanut butter and chopped peanuts inside.