I changed my diet quite a bit since the end of June when I started eating healthier/less (no more of these amazing rolls for me!) and working out more. One of the main changes I made was significantly decreasing my sugar intake and eliminating most added sugars from my daily food selections. Of course that adjustment has been difficult for me as I love desserts and pastries and other delicious sugary treats more than I love most people, but I’ve noticed the results and I’m sure these changes are worth it. As I try to avoid packaged snacks (even the “healthy” ones are full of fat and added sugar) throughout the day, I wanted to make an easy treat that isn’t full of empty calories and has mostly good for you ingredients, which is why I immediately reached for dates! Dates are known for being a sugar alternative in no bake desserts because they’re naturally sweet and tender. I bought a large container of these medjool dates and I wanted to stuff them with other delicious foods to make the perfect mostly healthy snack at work instead of having my usual multiple Dove milk chocolate squares. Stuffed dates are no bake and easy to customize and can even be vegan with the right ingredients! Here’s how I made mine:
- Pitted dates or whole dates and remove the pits by hand
- One teaspoon natural creamy peanut butter per date
- Two semisweet chocolate chips per date
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicon cover.
- If dates aren’t already pitted, carefully slice down the middle with a small paring knife and remove all pits.
- Place all dates on baking tray and spread the opening apart to make a cavern for filling.
- Spread one teaspoon of peanut butter (or any nut butter of choice) inside each date.
- Add two small semisweet chocolate chips on top of the peanut butter.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour and the dates are ready to be enjoyed!