Chocolate smothered Tahini Stuffed Dates

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Serves 20

I was inspired by The Minimalist Baker to make THE easiest and MOST delicious healthy treat on the planet! With only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of hands on time before popping these bad boys in the freezer, each one is 116 calories, and provides 2g of fibre and 2g of plant-based protein. And the best part is that two of these actually count as one of your Five-a-Day! So although dates are naturally high in sugars, the fibre, fat and protein content actually help to slow down the absorption of these sugars. My kids go wild for these and I am more than happy to indulge their obsession. I always have a big batch of these in my freezer and between us, they do not last long!

INGREDIENTS

· 20 pitted Medjool Dates
· 20 tsp Light Tahini
· Himalayan Salt

For the chocolate

· 70g Coconut Oil
· 40g Raw Cacao (or I use “That Protein” Brown Rice Protein With Cacao for an extra protein boost)
· 5 tbsp Maple Syrup

METHOD

· Melt the coconut oil.
· Add the raw cacao/unsweetened chocolate protein powder and the maple syrup and combine well.
· I use 3 tbsp of maple syrup, but taste and adjust the sweetness as preferred.
· Set the chocolate aside to thicken slightly.
· On a parchment lines tray, remove the stones from dates, being careful not to split them into two separate pieces — you want to create a little ‘well’ for the tahini to sit in.
· Then carefully fill with tahini — using approximately ½–1 tsp depending on the size of the date.
· Sprinkle with some salt and pop in the freezer for half an hour.
· After the dates have hardened, it’s time to smother them with chocolate! I normally poke a fork in one end of the date and dip them in the chocolate sauce.
· Repeat this until all dates are coated.
· I prefer to enjoy mine straight from the freezer, so I normally pop them back in for another half an hour or so to harden up even more. But they can be enjoyed immediately, albeit slightly softer.
· Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Nutritional Information

Calories — 119
Carbohydrates — 21g
Fat — 6g
Protein — 2g
Fibre — 2g

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