These vegan chocolate peanut butter date truffles are dangerously addictive! Made with just 3 healthy ingredients, they’re the perfect little candy for Christmas trays and holiday gatherings.
Stuff, my mouth with vegan chocolate peanut butter date truffles, fa la la la la, la la la LA.
Guys, I don’t even know where to begin with these. They’re out of control. So poppable, sweet, slightly salty, super fun. Everything we need around Christmastime, am I right? I’m right.
Growing up, my mom always put together (and still does, cause she’s amazing) Christmas trays of sweets for friends and neighbors – think multiple kinds of cookies, candied nuts, good stuff like that. I loved helping bake and portion out goodies for each one. My mama always had a great variety on her trays, and the key was that most of it was easy to package and easy to eat. I wanted to create some sort of small, candy-like sweet for Christmas time, and oh my goodness these vegan chocolate peanut butter date truffles exceeded ALL of my expectations.
Vegan chocolate peanut butter date truffles are made with just those three ingredients. I know, homemade candy with three easy ingredients, and you probably already have all three on hand! As far as specifics, I always use medjool dates, and for this recipe that’s important. Medjools are larger than other types, and in my opinion, their texture and flavor is sooo much better than other date varieties I’ve had.
There’s no baking required for these gems, other than melting your vegan chocolate chips in the microwave. But before we get to the chocolate, we have to get the peanut butter and dates ready! This is a case in which it’s actually easier to get dates with the pit still inside. You’ll be slicing the dates length-wise, and you don’t want to cut all the way through. It’ll look like a baby taco shell, only way better because it’s a date that’s about to be stuffed with peanut butter and covered in chocolate. I’m not drooling, YOU are.
Anyway, the date’s pit actually helps stop your knife so that you don’t cut all the way through, then you can open the date slightly and pull the pit out, and gently fill with peanut butter. Resist eating the entire plate, pop those babies in the fridge for about 2 hours to set, then you’re ready for some chocolate dunking action. That sounds inappropriate, in the best way.
I always use PASCHA’s 100% unsweetened chips, and they worked perfectly. I start at about 30 seconds, stir the chips, then put them back in for 15 second increments, stirring in between each, until totally melted. Roll each date in the chocolate until totally covered, then put them into the freezer for at least an hour to set up.
Despite how simple/brown/semi boring these vegan chocolate peanut butter date truffles look, the experience of eating one is out of this world. First you break through the perfectly set chocolate shell, and you get to the sweet, soft date. Just when you thought things couldn’t get better, you’re gifted with the salty sweet peanut butter center.
I can’t think of a better addition to your holiday treat trays! Ours may or may not have made it out to friends, because we’re chocolate + PB + date addicts and are horrible people who don’t share. No worries though, multiple batches will be happening over and over until Christmas is gone for another year.
Do you guys gift sweets to loved ones? I want to hear your traditions!
Have a happy, healthy week, friends!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!