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why you’ll love this recipe
- Cookie Dough Stuffed Dates come together in just about 5 minutes.
- They are the perfect sweet snack to have stored in your fridge all week long.
- As written this recipe is vegan, plant-based, gluten free, and dairy free.
- This sweet snack or dessert is secretly healthy.
- It’s made with just a handful of ingredients and is refined sugar free.
- Medjool dates are secretly healthy for you.
- This recipe is completely nut free making it safe for school lunches.
- They are chewy, perfectly sweet and have a nice crunch from the mini chocolate chips.
- Check out my bacon wrapped dates for savory date recipe!
ingredients and substitutions
Use medjool dates for best results, these tend to be softer and have a more caramel-like flavor than just traditional dates. I personally love using California Dates or Joolies Dates.
The base of the cookie dough is made with oat flour which is just blended old fashioned rolled oats. I have not tested this recipe with any other flour yet.
Ccoconut oil is best as it has a sweeter taste than other oils. However if you don’t mind the flavor difference you can use avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil or even butter or ghee. Alternatively, you can use a nut butter like almond, peanut or cashew butter.
Maple syrup gives this cookie dough a sweeter caramel-like flavor. You can also use honey, agave or date syrup.
A touch of vanilla extract always adds a lovely flavor to any dessert recipe.
Salt help balance out all the flavors.
Mini chocolate chips are a must for these stuffed dates in my opinion. You can use regular chocolate chips, or even white chocolate chips if desired. If you are vegan or dairy-free, be sure to use a dairy-free chocolate chip.
how to make
ONE: Start by slicing the dates in half, long ways, and removing the pit. Discard and set the rest of the pitted dates on a plate.
TWO: In a medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients for the cookie dough such as melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix until well incorporated.
THREE: Add in the oat flour and salt next and mix once more. Then, fold in the mini chocolate chips until well incorporated.
FOUR: Using a small spoon, scoop the dough and stuff it inside of each date. Add more chocolate chips on top if desired. Enjoy as is, or place in the fridge to firm slightly.
tips and tricks
Use medjool dates for best results! My personal favorite is from Joolies dates!
Be careful not to slice the date completely in half when removing the pit. Make a small incision lengthwise and gently remove the pit.
You will have additional cookie dough from this recipe, feel free to use more than 12 dates, or just enjoy with a spoon!
taste and texture
These Cookie Dough Stuffed Dates are perfectly sweet and have a wonderful caramel flavor.
The texture is chewy, soft and slightly crunchy from the mini chocolate chips.
How to serve and save
Serve these dates on their own as the perfect after dinner dessert or mid-day sweet snack.
To save, store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 5-7 days.
frequently asked questions
Yes absolutely. I’d recommend almond, peanut or cashew butter.
I have not tested this recipe with any other flours, however, my best guess would be to use almond flour. Let me know in the comments below if you have any success.
Yes believe it or not! Medjool dates are really healthy for you, and this recipe has no refined sugar which makes for a great snack or dessert in my book!
other recipes you may like
- Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
- Tahini Cookies with Dates
- Fig and Brie Crostini
- Twix Cookies with Medjool Date Caramel
- Date Energy Bites