Chocolate Date Bites

img_7867Dates are so delicious, great for a snack or as an alternative to sugar in baking, and full of nutritional benefits (especially high in many minerals and antioxidants).
These are such an easy idea for a dessert or sweet tooth snack. I made them in 5 minutes, they store in the fridge, and you can make variations according to what you have – for example, swap the almonds for cashews or brazil nuts, use different toppings, etc.
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Off the topic, have you heard of the new “Planetary health diet” launched by the Eat Foundation in Oslo yesterday?
“Food is the single strongest lever to optimize human health and environmental sustainability on Earth. However, food is currently threatening both people and planet. A radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed. A large body of work has emerged on the environmental impacts of various diets, with most studies concluding that a diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods confers both improved health and environmental benefits. Globally, the diet requires red meat and sugar consumption to be cut by half, while vegetables, fruit, pulses and nuts must double. But in specific places the changes are stark. North Americans need to eat 84% less red meat but six times more beans and lentils. For Europeans, eating 77% less red meat and 15 times more nuts and seeds meets the guidelines.”
You can find the full report here

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INGREDIENTS
→ 10 dates
→ 50 gr dark chocolate
→ 1/2 cup almonds
→ to garnish: coconut flakes, almonds (or other nut)

Start by pitting the dates: score them lengthwise on one side and take the pit out.
Insert 2 almonds in each date and close them (dates are so sticky that they will stay closed).
Chop the chocolate into chunks and put in a bowl. Melt the chocolate by placing the bowl on top of a pan with 1 inch of water (method called water bath).
Prepare a plate covered with parchment paper.
Dip the dates into the melted chocolate one by one, place on the plate using a spoon to help,  and garnish the top with coconut or other chopped nuts.
Place in the fridge, so the chocolate will firm up. Store in the fridge.

One Comment

  1. Yummmmmmm, I love dates and eat them for a snack every day. Your look so much tastier than just a plain date. I will try them.

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