These little homemade candy bars are the bomb!! So simple to make and sooooo freakin good. Definitely a fan favorite at my house.
Could just be me but the recipe is a bit messy with the chocolate but definitely worth it. I’ve seen other people make similar recipes using the traditional criss cross pretzel which seems to work well to help keep the date flat. I could only find pretzel sticks which worked fine too. Make sure to stir your peanut butter before adding to the dates.
12 pitted Medjool dates
⅓-½ cup of natural peanut butter
⅓-½ cup of unsalted peanuts
⅓-½ cup of pretzels (I used pretzel sticks but most pretzels will work fine)
About 4 oz of vegan chocolate chips
Cut open each date and add to a plate. Spread open each date to add ingredients inside (make sure the pit has been removed, sometimes I still find pits in pitted dates). Next, add a small smear of peanut butter into each date. Add pretzels (I used pretzel sticks and broke them in half). Add another thin layer of peanut butter if needed so the next layer, the peanuts, have something to stick to. Add peanuts (make sure they stick or they will fall off when dipped in chocolate later) then place in the freezer for 15 or so minutes so the peanut butter firms up. Natural peanut butter tends to be a bit runny. Meanwhile, Add chocolate chips to a small microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds, stir and continue the process until the chocolate fully melts. Gently place each loaded date into the mix, one at a time. Using a fork, gently roll so the entire loaded date is covered in chocolate. Place back on the plate and finish the remaining loaded dates. Place in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes or until the chocolate fully solidifies. Store in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat.