6.23.2014

Almond Butter Stuffed Dates


This has got to be one of my all time favorite snacks. I honestly don't know where I came up with it. I was probably tooling around my kitchen and looking for a sweet and salty treat (maybe feeling like I shouldn't eat straight from the almond butter jar too) and came up with this heavenly combo. 

I use dates all the time in the kitchen to sweeten up things. I usually add one to my almond milk, often throw one in my smoothies, I even chopped them up for some sweetness in over night oats. They are such a great alternative when my sweet tooth starts throbbing. 

These stuffed dates so rich and totally satisfying, you'll only need one or two to fill you up. They not only manage to curve my sweet cravings, but also give me great boost of energy. I use almond butter most of the time, but they are equally amazing with sunflower and peanut butter too. I sprinkle a little sea salt on top of mine before I devour them, but I was eyeing the toasted coconut the other day thinking that might work too!

This snack is healthy, chewy, sweet, and salty all rolled up in one. 

First, start by grabbing some dates from the market. 


Pitted or depitted, doesn't matter.


 If you've got a pit, carefully sliced the date down the middle and fish it out.


Open the date up a bit and spread about 1/2 teapsoon - 1 teaspoon of almond butter in the middle for each one. 


Sprinkle with sea salt, toasted coconut, or even cinnamon and enjoy!


I tend to pack these for a little pre-workout boost or sometimes in my lunch for that pesky 3:00 crash. 


Cheers!

Erica

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