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Chocolate Peanut Date Squares – Vegan & Gluten Free

These Chocolate Peanut Date Squares are a fabulous energy-boosting snack. Sweet dates, crunchy peanuts and don’t forget the dark chocolate topping. Made with organic ingredients without breaking the bank!

Chocolate Peanut Date Squares

CHOCOLATE PEANUT DATE SQUARES

If you are anything like me, eating fresh organic food can really test your food budget.

In my case, food basically comes first.

Shoes, clothes, fancy purses all come a very distant second to my grocery needs. That being said, we live in the most expensive city in Canada.

Yes, Vancouver is beautifully scenic and the weather can’t be beat, but emptying my bank account for organic almonds is not working for me anymore. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Healthy snacks on a counter

TIPS FOR EATING ORGANIC ON A BUDGET:

Don’t get me wrong, I love almonds.

But you know what I love more?

Putting more than just almonds in my grocery buggy. Enter peanuts! Why, oh why, have I forsaken the beautiful peanut. I realize that it is a highly allergenic food for a lot of folks, but thank the lord above, I am not one of them.

Organic peanuts are a fraction of the price of the almonds and they are my new best friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another budget find was a big bag of organic dates from Costco. The wholesale giant has some great deals on organic foodstuffs like grains, frozen fruit and more. Oh, and did I mention organic coconut oil?

Stock up on that at Costco too.

The dark chocolate chips were purchased on sale at my local grocery store.

Whenever I see a pantry staple on sale I stock up.

For instance the coffee beans we buy are fairly pricey but are routinely discounted at an almost 2-for-1 price. When that happens we buy four bags and coast for a few months.

Chocolate Peanut Date Squares

 

These Chocolate Peanut Date Squares took all of fifteen minutes to whip together and after chilling in the freezer, they made for a great treat. I like them cold, whereas Joe will thaw his for a bit to soften the chocolate.

It’s up to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chocolate Peanut Date Squares

Enjoy!

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Originally posted August 24, 2018. Updated December 21, 2019

 

Chocolate Peanut Date Squares

 

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I used a Kitchen Aid Food Processor for this recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Date Squares โ€“ Vegan & Gluten Free

Sharon Rhodes
These Chocolate Peanut Date Squares are a fabulous energy-boosting snack. Sweet dates, crunchy peanuts and don't forget the dark chocolate topping. Made with organic ingredients without breaking the bank!

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Take the pits out of your dates and place them in a bowl. Cover them with water and soak for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, line a 9x5 loaf tin with parchment paper and set aside
  • Drain the water and place the soaked dates in a food processor along with the peanuts
  • Process until the mixture is sticky and the dates and nuts are broken down. Press the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, being sure to really press it down evenly and into the ends. Place in the freezer to chill
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, melt together the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Once the chips have melted and the mixture is smooth, remove from heat and stir in a pinch of sea salt. Take out the loaf tin from the freezer and pour the chocolate mixture over top. Spread it evenly with a spatula and place back into the freezer for 20 minutes. Cut into 8 big squares or 16 bite sized squares (recommended). Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword Chocolate peanut date squares
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2 Comments

  1. The price of almonds lately makes me wish they weren’t the only nut I’m not allergic to! TGFC (Thank goodness for Costco) though – at least buying them by the kilo there is cheaper than the grocery store. These look like such an easy recipe to make when I’m craving a sweet snack (which let’s be real, is always).

    1. Man. Chelsea. That’s brutal. I am SO happy not to have any allergies. And you are right about good old Costco! It’s the last bastion of organic deals. ๐Ÿ˜‰