This is the story of Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Dates. What do you do when you have 1 kg of fresh Medjoul dates at home and someone drops by and gives you three bars of 85% dark organic chocolate that you don’t usually eat? I thought about giving them away as a present but instead I got inspired to get creative in my kitchen. Last year we visited friends and they served us large fresh chocolate covered dates with our tea. They were so delicious that I couldn’t get enough of them. After our visit I even tried to find them in local Turkish shops but they were all sold out. Apparently they sell them only around Ramadan. Today I have tried to recreate these delicious sweet treats by pitting my fresh dates and giving them a warm chocolate bath. But just dipping my dates in chocolate wasn’t enough. I searched my kitchen cabinets for exciting stuff I could add and started experimenting. One of my favorite treats is chocolate cinnamon covered almonds but I think I have topped it. The result of my experiment: delicious dark chocolate covered fresh Medjoul dates with a filling of blanched almond cream with cinnamon, a pinch of sea salt and 1 crunchy blanched almond at its center. OMG! These Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Dates are divine. YOU HAVE GOT TO TRY THESE!
WARNING: This recipe will spike your blood sugar levels.
- 1 bar (100 gr) of 85% organic dark chocolate. I used Vivani
- fresh Medjoul dates (for 100 gr of chocolate you can cover about 20 dates)
- blanched almonds
- blanched almond paste
- sea salt
If you want to make it 100% raw and refined sugar-free, you can make your own chocolate using the recipe for raw chocolate here.
Chocolate Covered dates
- Pit the dates and close them back up
- Melt the chocolate au bain marie.
- Using a fork, cover the pits in chocolate on all sides. Place on a plate or in a container to cool down. You can store them in the refrigerator.
Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Dates
- Pit the dates
- Open up the dates and fill with ½ tsp blanched almond paste, 1 blanched almond, sprinkle with cinnamon and sea salt and close them back up
- Using a fork, bathe the dates in the melted chocolate bath making sure you cover all sides. Place on a plate or in a container to cool down. You can store them in the refrigerator.