Have any of you ever watched the show The Taste? My husband and I just discovered it this past week and we’re hooked. It is so amazing! Basically, it’s just a bunch of people who love to cook competing with dishes they make. All of their dishes are judged blindly based off of just one taste of the dish! The contestants aren’t even all professionals- some are moms who cook for their families, some are food bloggers, others have other full-time jobs and just cook for fun on the side. It is the bomb. Also, I think Juli from PaleOMG needs to get on this show. She would win for sure.
I know it’s still not for another week or so, but I LOVE Valentine’s day! It is one of my favorite holidays!! What’s better than letting your loved ones know that you love ’em a ton?
I wanted to make a yummy Valentine’s Day treat that you could make for your favorite people that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Seriously, though, these Valentine’s dates are stuffed with honey vanilla almond butter & covered in a rich raspberry dark chocolate coating… they are like paleo candy. I am obsessed. These candies are really delicious and fairly easy to make, as long as you have enough time to allow them to freeze!
- 10-15 dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate (I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips, but you could also use a dark chocolate bar)
- some unsweetened coconut shavings to top, if desired
- Grab your dates, cut them open and take out the pits.
- Mix your almond butter, 1 tsp honey, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until smooth.
- Scoop little spoonfuls of the almond butter mixture into the dates, close them as much as possible, and place them on a plate.
- Once you’ve stuffed all the dates, place them in the freezer.
- While the dates are in the freezer, place the raspberries & almond or coconut milk in a small saucepan over low-medium heat, and stir frequently, smashing the raspberries periodically with the back of your spoon. If you have an immersion blender, you could use it in this step to smooth out the raspberries.
- Melt your chocolate chips (I just zap them in the microwave)
- Stir the melted chocolate into the raspberry mixture until it is well mixed, then remove from heat and set aside.
- Pull your dates from the freezer and cover another baking sheet or plate with wax paper.
- One by one, dip your dates in the chocolate mixture with a fork until they are fully covered, then place on the wax paper. Sprinkle some coconut shavings on top if you want to.
- Once they are all covered, place in the freezer again for about 30 minutes, until the chocolate is completely hardened.
- Remove from freezer, let soften a little bit before serving, and enjoy! You can store them in the fridge if you need.