happy saturday!! as promised, the recipe for Cacao Butter Coated Dates is here! they’re just heavenly bites of nut buttery sweetness. the dates are naturally very sweet, which is balanced out with the non-sweet cacao butter. for a fun twist, i added some rainbow sprinkles to the top but they’re not necessary! nuts or a chocolate drizzle would be amaaaze!
oh my GOODNESS they look so dang scrumptious!! ok, side note, cacao butter is interesting to work with. it doesn’t melt super easily like store-bought chocolate, which makes sense but there’s almost an art form to melting it.
here’s what i did and i will repeat in the directions of course! first, i melted a cup of cacao butter, which came in big chunks with almond milk and almond butter. i tempered the mixture by warming it up in the microwave in a pyrex microwavable measuring cup for 30 seconds at a time. you take it out, stir and then add another 30 seconds. all in all, it warmed up for 2 minutes. then you let it a set for about 10 minutes but keep stirring. after that you can add the vanilla extract and more nut butter!
ah yes, the center! i cut a line down the top and filled the dates with almond butter, but any nut or seed butter will work! also, you can skip that altogether and just leave the dates plain.
ok yay, this recipe is super cool and creative, so if you have cacao butter….it’s a must-make!
Cacao Butter Coated DatesCourse: DessertDifficulty: Medium
12 large medjool dates
1 cup cacao butter (i used Terrasoul superfoods and bought on Amazon)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp almond butter (any nut or seed butter works)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp peanut butter (any nut or seed butter works, i wanted to mix things up a bit)
- add the cacao butter, almond milk and 2 tbsp almond butter to a pyrex microwavable measuring cup.
- temper the mixture meaning warm it up in the microwave in a pyrex microwavable measuring cup for 30 seconds at a time. take it out, stir and then add another 30 seconds. all in all, it warmed up for 2 minutes but monitor how it melts.
- let the mixture set for about 10 minutes but keep stirring to ensure everything is well-combined and the cacao butter melts. next, add the vanilla extract and 2 tbsp peanut butter. stir well.
- you can stuff the dates with nut or seed butter if you want by cutting a line at the top of the date and placing about a tsp in the center.
- dip the dates in the cacao butter mixture and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. place in the fridge for 30 minutes at a time and then add one to two more layers.
- i added a total of three cacao butter layers so the coating was opaque but two layers is enough too!
- top with sprinkles if you would like and store in the fridge in an airtight container!