Chocolate Covered Walnut Stuffed Dates

Hi All!

Sorry it's been so long! I've been quite the nomad these last few months and I've also been doing a lot of work healing my gut so my cooking has been REALLY simple and a bit boring. I was feeling a little restricted and uninspired so I took a break from posting. Good news is I've made a lot of progress and am continuing to heal so things are starting to get interesting again in the kitchen.

Currently, I'm in Hong Kong and the spirit of Thanksgiving is not quite in the air, but you can bet your bottoms that we are celebrating it anyways! We are gathering with a few friends on Saturday so I'm in the midst of planning and preparing a few meals to bring over. I've got a lot of ideas for pies, which I'm sad to say won't be in time for you for Thanksgiving. However, they will be on your radar for Christmas– another festive time for creating healthy and delicious food. Stay tuned.

Today, I've got an incredibly simple treat for you. I've been craving this for some time and finally did it today. It's so easy to do and these make a great snackable, afternoon pick-me-up or gift, if you want to box them up and give them away.



Literally, this is so easy to do. It's quick, not too messy and totally yummy so let's get to it. Just so you know, I used semi-dark chocolate morsels for ease as I had them on hand. However, you can use a couple of bars of dark chocolate or melt and blend cacao (powder or nibs) with coconut oil, coconut butter and honey (or sweetener of your choice). Next time, I will likely use a darker chocolate as even these were a little sweet for me since sugar hasn't really been in my diet.

If you are in need of a healthy pumpkin pie, please see my post from One Medical Group for a gluten, dairy, grain and soy-free pie! It's one of my favs.

Lastly, my friend Jessica over at Beaming with Health has posted some great Paleo Thanksgiving resources. Click here to take a look!


Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and promise I will have more for you soon!


Yields 2 dozen

Ingredients:
3/4 cup of pitted dates
1 cup of semi-sweet dark chocolate chunks or morsels melted (I used these from Enjoy Life)
1/3 cup (heaping) of walnut halves and pieces 

Instructions:
1. Melt chocolate using a double boiler or in a saucepan on low.
2. Cut small slit into dates, careful not to cut all the way through. (some pitted dates are already done)
3. Stuff walnut halves or pieces into dates.
4. Roll walnut stuffed dates into melted chocolate and place on wax or parchment paper.
5. Place in the fridge for the chocolate to cool. Store in a glass container in fridge or on counter top.
6. Enjoy!

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