These two-ingredient Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates are simple but mighty. They’re a powerhouse of nutrients and a tasty source of natural energy. Perfect for potlucks, parties, or a simple after-school or after-workout snack.
What’s So Great About This Recipe?
- Quick prep: You can make big batches of this snack quickly, without much fuss. Use pitted dates to save you time and hassle. Perfect for meal prep, potlucks, parties… really, any time you want to make a big batch of sweet treats.
- Easy to store and transport: Take peanut butter stuffed dates with you on the go. Bring them on road trips, stash them in the office fridge for a mid-day snack, or nom them on the way back from a workout. I prefer using semi-dry dates like Medjool or Deglet Noor, which hold up well to jostling and aren’t too sticky, making them easy to stash and carry.
- Diet-friendly: Peanut stuffed dates are naturally vegan and gluten-free. They’re also a naturally-sweetened whole food. If you’ve got allergies, simply swap to a different nut or seed butter. Lots of inclusive options!
What You’ll Need
A few important notes on some of the ingredients used in this Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates recipe:
Dates: Use pitted dates to save time. I prefer semi-dry date varieties like Medjool or Deglet Noor. They hold up well and are not overly sticky, while still being plump and soft, making them easy to store and transport. (Deglet Noors taste just as good as Medjool in my opinion, but are less expensive!)
Peanut Butter: I prefer to use my own Homemade Peanut Butter, which is healthier and has a stronger roasted peanut flavour. I’ve also made this recipe using Kraft Peanut Butter. It’s a bit too sweet for my taste, but still quite tasty.
For a full list of ingredients and quantities, refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Flavour Variations and Serving Ideas
- Peanut butter can be substituted with any nut butter or seed butter of your choice.
- Instead of shredded coconut, sprinkle some hemp seeds onto each stuffed date for a similar texture and a boost of omega-3 and omega-6. (I personally love Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts.)
- To make Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates:
- Fancy method: Dip stuffed dates in melted chocolate and let cool on a sheet of parchment paper until the chocolate is set.
- Lazy method: After stuffing each date, press chocolate chips into the peanut butter.
- Try freezing peanut butter stuffed dates for a delicious frozen treat! You can eat them straight from the freezer.
- Wash down stuffed dates with a glass of Soy Milk, Coconut Milk, or milk of your choice.
Step 1: Find the seam in the pitted date.
Step 2: Crack the date open at the seam.
Tip: If using whole dates, slice each date lengthwise halfway through (don’t cut it entirely in half) and remove the pit.
Step 3: Fill the date with a spoonful of peanut butter.
Optional: Sprinkle a pinch of salt, and shredded coconut or Toasted Coconut Flakes over each stuffed date.
Meal Prep & Storage
Peanut butter stuffed dates don’t spoil easily. However, peanut butter can go rancid at room temperature, so it’s best to keep them chilled.
Fridge: Peanut butter stuffed dates can last for a month in the fridge.
Freezer: Freeze stuffed dates in an airtight container (such as a zip lock bag) for three months.
Reheating: You can enjoy the dates right out of the fridge or freezer, or let them warm to room temperature. Microwave stuffed dates for 15–30 seconds to give the dates a soft, gooey texture!
Yes, dates and peanut butter can be part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced meal plan. Together, they are a natural source of fiber, vitamins, healthy fats, and protein. However, both peanut butter and dates are high in calories, so it’s important to consume them in moderation. To keep it healthier, try to use homemade peanut butter or an unprocessed store-bought peanut butter (the ingredients list should contain only peanuts and salt).
Dates with peanut butter is a great pre-workout snack, since dates are a natural source of sugars, which can provide a quick energy boost, and peanut butter provides protein and healthy fats, which can help you feel fuller for longer and provide sustained energy during your workout. However, since they are calorie-dense foods, don’t eat too many or you might feel sluggish as you exercise.
In addition to peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, and hazelnuts all pair well with the sweet taste of dates. Many seeds also mix well with dates, such as pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and sunflower seeds. Experiment with different combinations and find out which ones are your favourite!
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Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates
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- Find the seam in each pitted date and pry it open to crack the date open at the seam.
- Using a spoon, fill the open date with peanut butter.
- Optional: Sprinkle a pinch of salt, and shredded coconut or toasted coconut flakes over each stuffed date.
- Pitted vs Whole Dates: I prefer to use pre-pitted dates to save time. If using whole dates, slice each date lengthwise halfway through (don’t cut it entirely in half) and remove the pit before starting the recipe.