I love to use dates to make sweet treats that we can have on hand all week long, anytime a craving hits. Dates are full of fiber and are part of a healthy diet (even if you cover them in chocolate). Dates are bite sized and are the perfect base to many sweet recipes, that also provide some solid nutritional value. If you have a sweet tooth, but you are looking for a healthier option, give these easy date cookies a try.
Why you’ll love this dessert with dates
- These chocolate date cookies are no bake! And while they aren’t really cookies per se, they are a delicious sweet treat that will concur that cookie craving.
- This is a much healthier dessert option! Not only are dates packed with natural sugars, but I use Hu Kitchen chocolate as well. Hu Kitchen makes more natural chocolates without processed sugar and other not-so-good for you ingredients. Be sure to check out their website.
- I find when I have treats like this on hand, I don’t crave treats that aren’t as good for you. These satisfy a chocolate craving, and give you more nutritional value than other desserts you can buy in the store. I challenge you to make these and eat them when you have a chocolate craving, and tell me that you don’t feel better than you would eating a brownie or candy bar!
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
- Knife – Just a small one to remove the pits from the dates.
- Sauce Pan – Just a small sauce pan as well. This is for melting the chocolate.
- Flat Bottom Cup – for pressing down dates. You can also use your hands if you would prefer.
- Spoon – For drizzling the dates with melted chocolate.
- Silicon Spatula – I like to use a silicon spatula when melting the chocolate on the stove top, as it keeps the chocolate moving and gets all of the chocolate off the bottom of the pan when stirring.
- Baking Sheet – Something flat and large enough to press the dates on. It also has to fit in the refrigerator to set the chocolate.
- Parchment paper – To line the cookie sheet, so you can easily peel the dates off once the chocolate has firmed up.
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Ingredients & substitutions
- Chocolate – I use Hu Kitchen Organic chocolate bars. I prefer the bars over the chips, as I think they melt better! I used the Raspberry Cashew butter bars with dark chocolate. The melt is amazing and the raspberry gives it just a hint more sweetness, in my opinion.
- Medjool Dates – I purchase the dates with the pits in them, and I put them myself. I feel like they are more fresh that way. But if you buy pre-pitted dates, it does save you a step.
- Flakey Sea Salt – I’m usually not a fan of the sweet and salty combination, but for this, I feel like it’s a must. The few flakes of salt not only make these cookies pretty, but the salt cuts the sweet just enough. Highly recommend using a nice flakey salt for these.
How to make this date cookie recipe
Step 1. Pit the medjool dates by cutting them the long way down one side. Remove the put and lay flat on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Do this with each date.
Step 2. Use the bottom of a glass and smash down your dates on the parchment paper, so they are flat.
Step 3. Melt chocolate over low/medium heat, until melted.
Step 4. Drizzle chocolate over each date, creating a cookie.
Step 5. Sprinkle each with a little bit of flakey salt. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until the chocolate is firm.
Step 6. Store in a container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks… If they make it that long! These things are addicting!
FAQs about healthier chocolate treats
Sweets can be part of a healthy, lifelong eating pattern. But for the least harm and — don’t forget this — the fullest enjoyment, they should be eaten in moderation. That means in small amounts, or only a couple of times a week.
Dates and a high quality, no refined sugar chocolate are a great option. Other sweets include berries, fruit, yogurt parfaits, overnight oats, just to name a few.
The sugar in many desserts may calm us when we’re stressed and be an instant mood booster. But how often is too often to indulge in these sweet treats? A small dessert consumed daily can be part of a healthy diet. The key is to control portion sizes.
More medjool date recipes:
Healthier choice sweets:
Chocolate Date Cookies
- 1 Knife
- 1 Sauce Pan
- 1 cup with flat bottom for pressing down dates. You can also use your hands.
- 1 Spoon
- 1 silicon spatula
- 1 Baking Sheet
- Parchment paper
- 3 Hu Kitchen Chocolate Bars I used Raspberry Cashew Butter with Dark Chocolate.
- 18 Medjool Dates pitted
- flakey salt optional
- Pit the medjool dates by cutting them the long way down one side. Remove the put and lay flat on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Do this with each date.
- Use the bottom of a glass and smash down your dates on the parchment paper, so they are flat.
- Melt chocolate over low/medium heat, until melted.
- Drizzle chocolate over each date, creating a cookie.
- Sprinkle each with a little bit of flakey salt. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until the chocolate is firm.
- Store in a container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.