Chocolate Covered Dates with Almonds

This dessert recipe is made with whole foods and will curb those chocolate cravings. Made with dates, almonds and dark chocolate, these bite-size treats will bring you joy! There is nothing wrong with enjoying a sweet treat here and there, as long as you continue to eat well most of the time. Enjoy!

24 medjool dates
24 unsalted roasted almonds
1 ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp canola oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp crushed almonds and pistachios

Cut a slit in each date and remove the pit. In place of the pit press in an almond. Enclose the dates to completely cover the almonds and set aside in a bowl or tray.
Place the chocolate chips, canola oil and ground cinnamon in a heat-safe bowl that fits tightly on top of a pot with barley simmering water. Stir regularly until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from the heat.

Drop the the dates, one-at-a-time, in the melted chocolate, and roll gently to coat the dates. Remove with a spoon and carefully set on a tray lined with parchment paper. Once you have the chocolate-covered dates assembled on the tray, sprinkle each lightly with the mixture of crushed almonds and pistachios.

Chill in the freezer for about 1 hour or until the chocolate hardens. Leave at room temperature for 10 minutes before ready to serve. Enjoy! Makes 24 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: Calories 152; Fat 5.4g; Carbohydrate 27.5g; Protein 2g

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