These Vegan and Paleo Snickers Stuffed Dates are the most delicious no-cook healthy dessert recipe of all time! They’re made with just four ingredients: Dates filled with almond butter, topped with a chocolate drizzle and a sprinkle of flakey sea salt. It doesn’t get any easier (or more delectable) than that!
Snickers Stuffed Dates!
I don’t mean to hype these 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, and this was how her first experience with this dessert went: 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! They’re everybody’s new favorite no-bake dessert! They’re an absolute must-try if you’re like me and just totally love that classic chocolate and peanut/almond butter combo.
- Noor or Medjool Dates: I prefer noor because they’re a little smaller and usually less expensive, but either will work great!
- Almond Butter: 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!
- Coconut Oil
- Cocoa Powder
- Maple Syrup
- Flakey Sea Salt: Use flakey sea salt, or leave it off completely. I use Jacobsen salt, but any fleur de sel or Maldon salt will work beautifully. Table salt or any other kind of fine salt just doesn’t give you the same burst of crunchy saltiness these rich chocolate babies cry out for!
By the way, if you like this Paleo desserts, try my Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Balls . You’ll love them!
The Chocolate Drizzle
The chocolate drizzle on these is what really makes these feel like a Paleo snickers! Oh my.
- Because it’s made with coconut oil, which is solid at room temp, you need to heat first the coconut oil. Melt it completely before stirring in the cocoa powder and maple syrup.
- Melt the coconut oil by simply putting it in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds. You can do it by gently warming the coconut oil on the stovetop, too! 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.
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!
- This last time I made these, I used a chocolate superfoods powder in place of the of the cocoa powder + maple syrup. Since it’s already sweetened with a bit of stevia, it was absolutely fabulous.
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 that tip, wink).
But there are lots of other awesome things about them!
But even though they’re super simple, there are a few pro-tips you need to follow to make your Snickers Stuffed Dates come together juuuuuust right.
- Buy pitted dates. They’ve already been sliced in half when the pit was removed, which makes your job of stuffing them with almond butter 1000 times easier.
- Chill the dates before you drizzle them with the chocolate. Put them in the fridge for a little while. The chocolate drizzle 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. Don’t do it assembly-line style. If you wait too long to sprinkle the salt, the chocolate will already be hardened and the salt won’t stay put as well.
- You can prepare them in advance to enjoy whenever you want! Just keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and pop them out when you’re ready to eat (they freeze beautifully, too!)
- Oh, and try eating the dates right out of the freezer — so yum! I used to freeze my snickers bars too! If that sounds like a workout for your jaw, though, just serve them slightly chilled.
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Paleo Snickers Stuffed Dates
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!