I might never eat a snickers bar again! I don’t mean to hype these Paleo Snickers Stuffed Dates too much, but I’m 100% serious… they’re that good! The other day I made these for my sister for the first time: She took her first bite in the middle of telling us a story, then suddenly stopped mid-sentence to say, “Oh my goodness, these dates are rocking!” It’s official- Paleo Snickers Stuffed Dates are everybody’s new favorite no-bake dessert, an absolute must-try if you’re like me and just totally love the chocolate and peanut/almond butter combo.
And the paleo chocolate drizzle! Oh my. Because it’s made with coconut oil which is solid at room temp, you need to heat first the coconut oil and melt it completely before stirring in the cocoa powder and maple syrup. I do this by simply putting it in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds, but you can do it on the stovetop too, of course! Then all you need to do is mix in the maple syrup and cocoa powder. It hardens up nicely once it’s back to room temp or below. This last time I made these, I used a chocolate superfoods powder instead of the cocoa powder + maple syrup the last time I made these (it’s already sweetened with a bit of stevia and is full of plant-based good stuff), and it was absolutely fabulous.
Snickers Stuffed Dates only take a few minutes to put together, which is perfect for me.. I never have the patience for big, intricate desserts. Another awesome thing about them– You can make them in advance and enjoy whenever you want! Just keep them in the fridge (they freeze beautifully, too!). But even though they’re simple, there are a few pro-tips you need to follow to make your Snickers Stuffed Dates come together juuuuuust right.
- If you want to get the full snickers effect (which I highly recommend), there needs to be a little crunch in the nut butter. Choose a crunchy peanut butter, or if you prefer to keep it Paleo by using almond butter, chop up a few almonds and stir them in. That little bit of texture really takes it to the next level!
- Use pitted dates. They’ve already been sliced in half when the pit was removed, which makes your job of stuffing them 1000 times easier.
- Be sure to chill the dates before you drizzle them with the chocolate. The chocolate will harden rather quickly when it comes in contact with the cold dates, so it really gives them a nice drizzle effect.
- Speaking of how quickly it’ll harden up, it makes sense to drizzle the dates with chocolate one at a time, then sprinkle the flakey sea salt on top individually. If you wait too long to sprinkle the salt, the chocolate will be hardened and the salt won’t stay put as well.
- Use flakey sea salt or leave the salt off completely. I use Jacobsen salt, but any fleur de sel, even Maldon salt, will work beautifully. Table salt or any other kind of fine salt just doesn’t give you the same burst of saltiness these rich chocolate babies cry out for!
- Try eating them right out of the freezer — so yum! I used to freeze my snickers bars too, though, so if that sounds like a workout for your jaw, just serve them slightly chilled.
And don’t worry if the chocolate hardens a bit too much to drizzle before you’re ready to use it, just gently warm it up again. Easy peasy! It’s almost like a paleo version of the chocolate magic shell stuff you’ve seen at the store– so you can drizzle it over ice cream for the same effect (you’re welcome for the tip, wink).
Paleo Snickers Stuffed Dates
The most amazing 4 ingredient Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free dessert of all time!
Snickers Stuffed Dates
- 2 cups pitted noor dates about 24
- 1/8 cup peanut or almond butter
- 1/2 tsp flakey sea salt
- chocolate drizzle see below
Paleo Chocolate Drizzle
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
Stuff the Dates
Find the opening in each date, and use a small spoon to fill with about 1 tsp. your nut butter of choice, then gently close the date around the nut butter. Repeat until all of your dates are filled.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
Make the Chocolate Drizzle
When the dates are chilling, gently melt the coconut oil in the microwave or stovetop.
Whisk in the cocoa powder and maple syrup until completed mixed. Allow it to cool slightly. If it hardens too much, just warm it again and stir.
Top with Chocolate and Sea Salt
Place the dates on a cooling rack so the extra chocolate drizzle is able to drip off.
Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate over each date, one at a time. Sprinkle a tiny bit of salt on top before it hardens, then move on to the next date.
Allow the chocolate to harden, then store in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to enjoy them!
Want more Paleo treats? Check out my recipe for Vegan + Paleo “Cheesecake” topped with mixed berries!