Welcome to the world of the oddest little totally addicting treat out there. Full of things I used to hate- coconut, peanut butter, and molasses, I can now not get enough of these. But, then again I am not sure why I used to not like peanut butter, molasses, or coconut. I must have been a really strange child. But, back to the dates because they really deserve the spotlight.
I feel a little nervous letting these baby goodies have their little debut out in the big bad world of the internet. How will they be received? Does it seem odd to you to fill dates with the eclectic mix of coconut oil, molasses, and peanut butter? Because it seems coo-coo to me. Plus, their kind of ugly… but, I can’t dwell on it too much. I need to finish writing this post so I can make more. My siblings are visiting and it has been
demanded asked of me. Actually, that is not true, I promised more foreseeing that I they would just HAVE to try them again.
These addicting little dates were inspired from Chocolate Covered Katie’s post on black magic peanut butter. At first I thought it was a chocolate peanut butter from the photos, and was totally disappointed when it was not. I mean the blog is called “CHOCOLATE Covered Katie.” Once I got past the disappointment, the idea intrigued me. Unlike my very silly childhood self, I love molasses, peanut butter, and coconut oil. But still, as intriguing as the combo sounded, eating peanut butter by the spoon makes me want to gag. I am not sure what it is about *shudder* it but I just *shudder* really *shudder* do NOT *shudder* like that.
When a few days later I bought a massive package of dates on a whim, I just KNEW I would have to stuff them. When the pits are removed a hole remains that just must be filled. Must be. Holes in foods have one purpose- to be filled.
They sat around for a few days until I had the idea to combine that magical fudge that I liked the sound of, but knew I could not eat, with my love of stuffing stuff.
I added some spices, but otherwise kept to the original trio (if not ratios) that intrigued me. Thus, the fudgy nuts wore born… in all their ugly glory. But hey, sometimes the weirdest looking things are the best.
PSST… in case you were wondering I took a break mid-writing this to go help my littlest sister begin to make the dates. I have to make good on my promises!
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or nut or seed butter of choice)
- 1 tablespoons coconut oil (soft or melted)
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- ¼ pinch cinnamon
- 1 pinch ginger
- 12-14 pitted dates
- Mix together the peanut butter, coconut oil, molasses, cinnamon and ginger. Squeeze open the dates, use a spoon to scrape the peanut butter mixture into them.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before eating to have a fudgy texture.