Chocolate Covered Coconut Stuffed Dates (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Medjool dates are stuffed with a moist coconut filling and dipped in chocolate for an easy but impressive sweet treat.

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Medjools; long considered the king of dates are thought to be one of the oldest cultivated fruits. Highly sought after due to a rather labor-intensive cultivation they were primarily consumed by royalty and reserved for special occasions.

Fortunately for us all, these dates have become much more common and accessible, but as popular as they’ve become, they’ll always have the aura of being special and a little exotic.

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Amber colored with a crinkly outer skin and moist interior flesh that’s reminiscent of caramel and honey, they have a soft, creamy, slightly chewy texture and are filled with fiber, potassium, magnesium and other minerals. (It’s no wonder they’re often referred to as “nature’s candy”.)

Their caramel-like and complex flavor makes them a natural in desserts as an all-natural sugar substitute, but I think they hold their own nicely especially when stuffed and dressed up in chocolate.

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Simplicity (as it often is) is the key to success here. The soft, sweet dates are stuffed with a filling of moist coconut subtly flavored with just the barest hint of vanilla or cinnamon.

I like to use a combination of orange blossom honey and cinnamon for a spicy, floral note but maple syrup makes for a tasty version as well.

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When chilled they get firm and pleasantly chewy, however a little rest on the counter top will make them a bit silkier. A pinch of sea salt (or if you prefer, a pink Himalayan variety) enters as a background note, adding a lingering taste that rounds out the sweetness.

Then comes the fun; the whole thing takes a dip in a rich raw chocolate bath, encasing the dates in a thin shell of flaky chocolate that cracks gently between your teeth giving way to the chewy date and tender filling underneath. A sprinkle of coconut on top finishes them off.

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Package them up in a pretty box and you have homemade gift that’s sure to be remembered. Or, treat yourself and keep these on hand for an after dinner or mid-afternoon treat with a cup of tea.

Chocolate Covered Coconut Stuffed Dates Recipe (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: makes about 20 stuffed dates

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Raw Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with a Chewy Coconut Filling

Ingredients

    For the Stuffed Dates:
  • 1/2 cup/40g unsweetened shredded coconut (plus extra for topping)
  • 2 tablespoons/ 30ml Coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons/ 30ml Maple syrup or raw honey for a non-vegan version (I like orange blossom honey here)
  • Pinch of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
  • ½ a vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped or ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional but recommended if using the orange blossom honey)
  • About 20 large very soft Medjool dates
  • For the Raw Dipping Chocolate
  • ½ cup/ 120ml coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup/ 112g raw cacao (or natural cocoa powder for a non-raw version), sifted
  • ¼ cup/ 60ml maple syrup or raw honey for a non-vegan version
  • Pinch of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt

Instructions

    Prepare the stuffed dates:
  1. In the bowl of a food processor (or alternative mix together by hand for a more textured version), combine the shredded coconut, coconut oil maple syrup pinch of salt and scraped vanilla bean (or cinnamon if using). Process until a smooth paste is formed, set aside.
  2. Cut the dates in half lengthwise on one side and remove the pit.
  3. Stuff a small amount of coconut mixture in each date and press to close.
  4. Place stuffed dates in the freezer to firm for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Prepare the dipping chocolate
  6. Combine the melted coconut oil with the cacao powder in a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine.
  7. Add in maple syrup and a pinch of salt and whisk again to incorporate until smooth.
  8. Dip the cold dates in the chocolate. Roll each to cover completely and then lift out with a fork letting the excess chocolate drip off before placing on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  9. Sprinkle extra shredded coconut on top of each chocolate covered date as you go.
  10. Place the finished dates in the refrigerator to firm.
  11. Serve cold or bring to room temperature for 10 minutes before serving for a softer bite.

Notes

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan (use maple syrup instead of honey), Raw, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free

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  1. says

    Oh, how I adore Medjools! Could eat them in bulk. Love coconut and chocolate, too. What I appreciate is that you used orange blossom honey with the cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. I can taste these in my head! Who needs Mounds candy bars? Must make these ASAP. A perfect gift for Mother’s Day, too! Sylvie, you’ve created nature’s ultimate candy bar! Pinning… xo

  2. says

    Dates bring back such fond memories for me!! My grandma always them at her house, and I would eat them every time I spent the night there – I never had them any where else.

    This looks fabulous Sylvie!!

  3. says

    And I still thought that Medjools were reserved for royalty… that’s why they arrived on my doorstep by the pound every week, right? Anyway, these coconut stuffed dates, that are covered in chocolate, sound so amazing! I think we were sharing brainwaves, because this is something I would absolutely make with no changes whatsoever. I always make changes to recipes! As much as I’d love to gift these to somebody, I don’t think they’d make it that far!

  4. says

    Dates are one of my favorite treats. I’m so excited to see your recipe and give it a try very soon. The chocolate, coconut and dates together sound dreamy. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Leah says

    I’ve been eyeing these gems forever. I bet you could make them with an almond or hazelnut filled center…! Doin it now!

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