Easy Chocolate Date Bark
This Easy Chocolate Date Bark is made with sweet medjool dates, creamy peanut butter, smooth dark chocolate & crunchy nuts to create the perfect healthy treat that tastes like a candy bar.
Chewy, sweet, salty, nutty and addicting! I have to admit, I am definitely addicted. Date bark is my new favorite treat. Post-lunch dessert? Date bark. Sweet tooth craving? Date bark. Late night snack? Date bark. They hit the spot any time of day. Honestly, it tastes like a toostie roll paired with a snickers (which were my two favorite desserts growing up). So if you’re looking for a wholesome, healthy and delicious treat, then you should definitely try Easy Chocolate Date Bark! The best part is that you only need a few simple and wholesome ingredients to make it.
The star ingredient of this bark is obviously the medjool dates. The natural sweetness and chewy texture they provide mimics a traditional candy bar, but obviously this is a healthier alternative. The medjool dates are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients like fiber and potassium.
The juicy medjool dates are topped with peanut butter which adds an extra element of creaminess. Then it’s smothered in rich chocolate and topped with nuts. I chose to top it a mixture of my three favorite nuts: hazelnuts, pistachios and salted peanuts. The nuts add a wonderful crunch and an extra boost of protein to the bark.
Easy Chocolate Date Bark Ingredients
• Medjool Dates – soft, pitted and juicy medjool dates. I always use Joolies Organic Fresh Medjool Dates. The first time I tried them I was genuinely blown away at the freshness and quality of them. Use my code: BOOBOO for money off! If you are using other dates that are hard and dry, add them to a bowl with hot water and soak them for 5-10 minutes until soft and juicy, then drain and pat dry.
• Peanut Butter – an all natural creamy peanut butter works best in this date bark as it has a thinner consistency and it’s easier to spread. To take this recipe up a notch, make my Homemade Peanut Butter recipe! You can also use any another nut butter depending on preference.
• Dark Chocolate – I always use the brand Hu Chocolate. It’s made with clean ingredients and my all-time favorite chocolate. Be sure to use my code BOOBOO for a discount.
• Nuts – I used a mixture of hazelnuts and pistachios (which obviously pair perfectly with chocolate) and salted peanuts (again, peanuts pair perfectly with chocolate but salted peanuts add that salty element).
One of the things I love about this date bark is that it’s completely customizable: you can use any nut butter and any nuts to top. So get creative (or use my recipe as written, it’s pretty darn good). If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, you can easily customize this recipe by using alternative ingredients or omitting the nuts or peanut butter and substituting for other ingredients.
How To Make Easy Chocolate Date Bark
Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then remove the pits from your dates (if they aren’t already pitted) and smoosh them down and together onto the baking sheet forming a rectangle shape. Then spread over some creamy nut butter on top of the dates, followed by melted chocolate. You can also get fancy and swirl the chocolate into the peanut butter, it looks stunning! Finally, sprinkle with the chopped nuts or other toppings depending on preference. The chewy texture of the dates adds a great contrast to the creamy and crunchy elements of the bark. Pop it in the freezer until the chocolate sets, about 10-15 minutes. Once fully set, break it into squares or into irregular pieces (like me) for a rustic charm. This Easy Chocolate Date Bark is perfect for sharing with friends and family or for indulging in a guilt-free sweet treat on your own!
Tips + Tricks For Making Easy Chocolate Date Bark
1. If your hands are too sticky when pressing the dates together, cover the bottom of a glass cup with parchment paper and use that to help press the dates down.
2. Use an all natural nut butter that has a thinner texture, it makes it a lot easier to spread it on!
3. Add one tablespoon of coconut oil if your melted chocolate is too thick.
4. Since the bottom layer of dates is quite sticky, use a sharp knife to cut the bark.
Whether you’re looking for a healthier snack option or simply want to satisfy your sweet tooth, this Easy Chocolate Date Bark is a fantastic choice. Enjoy the delicious blend of flavors and textures in every bite, knowing that you’re treating yourself to a delicious yet nutritious delight. Of course it’s 100% vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, no bake and delicious!
More Healthy Dessert Recipes Using Medjool Dates:
Easy Chocolate Date Bark
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- If your dates still have the pits, remove the pits from your dates and smoosh them down and together onto the baking sheet, forming a rectangle shape.
- Spread the creamy peanut butter on top of the dates
- Pour over the melted chocolate and use a spoon to swirl it on top of and into the peanut butter (you can get fancy and swirl the chocolate into the peanut butter, it looks stunning!)
- Sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts, pistachios and salted peanuts on top.
- Pop the bark in the freezer until the chocolate sets, about 10-15 minutes.
- Once fully set, use a knife to cut it into squares or into irregular pieces (like me) for a rustic charm.
- I always use Joolies Organic Fresh Medjool Dates. The first time I tried them I was genuinely blown away at the freshness and quality of them. Use my code: BOOBOO for money off!
- If your medjool dates are hard and dry, add them to a bowl with hot water and soak them for 5-10 minutes, until soft and juicy. Then drain and pat dry.
- I always use the brand Hu Chocolate. It’s made with clean ingredients and my all-time favorite chocolate. Be sure to use my code BOOBOO for a discount.
- Feel free to customize this recipe to your liking! Add more/less nut butter, nuts, chocolate, change up the toppings, etc.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to one week, or in the freezer for longer.
- Inspired by @thathealthjunkie on Instagram.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so it should only be used as an approximation.