This is a simple little treat. Just a combination of a few lovely ingredients, to make something doubly lovely.
Dates are wonderful fruit, sweet and sticky eaten on their own, they melt into banana bread or sticky toffee pudding when baked; and blended, provide a wonderful base for many raw recipes. But this simple little trick (I feel a fraud calling it a recipe!), takes advantage of dates in their most natural form. No blending or baking.
These are just stuffed dates, coated in chocolate, but the simple combination of these 3 or 4 ingredients is magical. Perfectly sweet and sticky with the slightly bitter chocolate and then the crunchy, creamy nutty centre. These take me back to christmas at my grandparent’s as a child. My granddad would always have a box of Just Brazils (which I thought was an odd name as they were clearly brazil nuts with chocolate, not just brazils at all!) If I was lucky I would be able to get my hands on one and bite the thick dark chocolate off from around the crisp creamy nut, and then bite into the nut itself. Indeed, this christmas just passed, we spent a couple of days with my mum and my nana. Sadly granddad is no longer with us, but the Just Brazils were on offer all the same. My version sneaks a date in-between the brazil and the chocolate for a sumptuously chewy texture when you bite down on these dark glossy gems.
There is a very good reason why the average brazil nut and the average date are a similar shape and size, the nut fits snugly inside the pitted date and is perfectly ready to be rolled in melted chocolate, then eaten straight away; or if you can bare to part with them, parcel them up with some parchment and ribbon, or in a cute little box, and make someone else very happy with a thoughtful, handmade gift.
Here’s what to do – in case you can’t figure it all out from what you’ve just read!
- 100g of dark chocolate (£2)
- 2 tbsp of nut butter (I used peanut) (18p)
- 30 fresh dates (£2)
- 30 brazil nuts (£2)
Begin to melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water, add the nut butter to give the chocolate a softer texture when it cools again. If you prefer your chocolate to be hard and crack when you bite it, leave the nut butter out.
Slice open each date, remove the stone and push a brazil nut into the hollow, it may not fit perfectly, but this doesn’t matter.
Once the chocolate is fully melted and combined with the nut butter, drop each stuffed date in and roll it around to coat it, then place it on foil or parchment paper to cool and harden.
These are gorgeously sweet and chewy and crisp and nutty and rich and sticky and just bloody lovely. Go and make some, you’ll feel like you have made the world a better place.
This little batch will cost you just over £6 to make with the best organic ingredients. It would make up to 5 small gifts, or at least a couple of days worth of indulgent snacks just for yourself!
…And if you need any more convincing, dates and brazil nuts are packed with a whole host of micronutrients the body needs, these superfood treats are high in magnesium, selenium, iron and fibre… And they’re covered in chocolate, what more could you want!