Coconut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates with Coconut Whipped Cream {Paleo, Vegan, No Added Sugar}

Coconut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates with Coconut Whipped Cream {Paleo, Vegan, No Added Sugar}

Helllooooo! I can't believe its already the week before Christmas. It's that time where you can no longer order anything online, but also that horrible time where you can't even bear to go to the mall. If you're a mall-hater like me (I like, HATE them), as well as an online shopping fiend, this causes legit issues. Sisters, this year you're getting chocolate covered coconut butter stuffed dates. I hope you're cool with that. 

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But, seriously. These would make the best gift -- they're so sweet, chewy, rich and DELISH. Okay, maybe they won't be the best all wrapped up and under the tree, but they're definitely worth making and sharing with friends & fam. 

OR, they'd also be good just kept in the refrigerator waiting for you when you get back from that holiday party wanting a lil something. Who says you even need to share? 

The fab thing about these chocolatey, gooey coconut bombs is that they're loaded with all the good things. Healthy fats, MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), LOADS of magnesium, Vitamin C & iron, among plenty of other vitamins and minerals. So yeah, you can enjoy these better-for-you Almond Joy look-a-likes WHILE getting a good dose of nutrition. Get yourself a dessert that can do both. 

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What You'll Need:

20 Medjool dates

2 tbsp. Coconut Oil (unrefined is best)

2 tbsp. Raw Cacao Powder

2 tsp. Fourth and Heart Vanilla bean Ghee * (use 1 tsp. for chocolate, the other for the filling)

Pinch of. Himalayan Sea Salt 

1/2 tsp. Instant coffee, or a splash of leftover brewed coffee

1/4 c. Coconut butter (I used Coconut Manna) **

For the Coconut Whip

1 can full-fat coconut cream (left in refrigerator overnight to separate the liquid)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

What You Do:

To make the chocolate:

1. Melt the coconut oil in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. 

2. Add the cacao, 1 tsp. ghee, coffee, and sea salt. Stir to incorporate the ingredients, remove from heat and let cool slightly. 

To make the Dates:

3. Take the dates, and slice lengthwise, not all the way through, but just enough to remove the pit and to stuff with the filling. 

4. If your coconut butter is solid, place the jar under hot water for about 5 minutes to melt it and get a more liquid consistency. Spoon into a smaller bowl and add the ghee, melting it if necessary to incorporate. 

5. Spoon about 1/2 tsp. of the coconut butter mixture into the pitted dates. It should fill the date but not overflow, as that can get messy. 

6. Dip the dates into the melted chocolate mixture, rolling it in it a bit to completely coat the date. Place the dates on a plate.

7. Once all your dates are covered in chocolate and on a plate, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so, until the chocolate hardens. 

For the Coconut Whipped Cream:

8. Open the can of refrigerated coconut milk and skim the top section (the thick cream) off of the liquid and into a bowl. Add vanilla extract and beat with a fork until peaks form. This may take a while but will happen! 

9. Enjoy straight out of the refrigerator or let them soften for a few minutes for an extra gooey experience! Dip into the coconut cream for an extra dessert-y vibe. Store in the fridge if they make it there! 

*No problem if you don't have this ghee. Just use a splash of vanilla instead!

** If you don't have, or don't like coconut butter, feel free to use any nut/seed butter! 

These little guys honestly made me so happy & satisfied. If you have a sweet tooth, and/or are new to eating healthy, this time of year can be hard! Lots of treats and sugar-y things lying around. My philosophy, is that if I want something, I won't restrict myself and I'll have it. That being said, it usually ends up that I prefer the healthier treats to the cookies. That's the power healthy eating has on your taste buds! 

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So these were the perfect alternative to cookies. But if you truly love a good holiday dessert or whatever, have it! Healthy living isn't about eating healthy 90% of the time, Monday-Friday, and then having a 'cheat meal' on Saturday night. Bleh. Then you end up feeling bad about yourself, getting negative, and all that unnecessary crap. 

It's about eating and enjoying the healthy food you know are nourishing you on a daily basis, and balancing that with the treats that will make you happy, in moderation. Healthy, or not. No guilt, no shame, just balance. 

ENJOY. 

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