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Recipes

Cardamom-Pistachio Chocolate Covered Dates

Brittany Carlson

Holiday gift buying has been something that I would wait until the last minute to do in past years. It’s hard to buy something meaningful for over 7 people at once! At our house, we go around the room several times addressing each person with one gift at a time (yes, it takes hours and many pots of coffee!) --I’ve always felt lukewarm about the gifts I’ve given— often trinket-like objects that will perhaps be thrown away after a few months of sitting on a shelf or inside someone's sock drawer. 

Last year, my brother Dustin made the most delicious chocolate covered dates coated with unique spices and toppings. They were a hit and we enjoyed them the entire week as a healthier dessert option or afternoon pick-me-up. My favorite was the Cardamom-pistachio, so I made some this year for my friends and placed them in little boxes with a red ribbon (spoiler alert if you’re reading this and are receiving these!). As well, I experimented with coconut and sesame seeds, which also turned out nicely. 

Try making these or another holiday gift this year! It is all the more fun and meaningful to give  something that you created with your own hands. I know I love receiving homemade treats that someone made just for me : ) These also won't sit in a sock drawer or anywhere else for very long for that matter-- they are delicious!

Added Bonus-- these old-fashion candies have no added sugar. The chocolate is unsweetened so all of the sweetness is coming from the dates : )

Here’s the recipe--

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 bars of unsweetened 100% baking chocolate
  • 30 dates (with the pits-- the dates sold without pits are usually dry)
  • 30 whole pecans (or match however many dates you have)
  • 3/4 cup pistachios, chopped well
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cardamom spice (for dusting the dates)
  • sea salt or himalayan salt to sprinkle on dates 

Directions

1. Remove pits from dates and replace them with one pecan per date. 

2. Melt chocolate on low heat.

3. Once chocolate is melted, drop a few dates in your pot at a time and roll them in the chocolate so they are well coated. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 

4. While the dates are fresh out of the chocolate, lightly dust them with cardamom and flakey sea salt.

5. Roll your chocolate covered dates in the pistachios and place them back on your baking tray to dry. 

Tip: You can put your dates in the fridge so they dry more quickly or leave them out-- either way, wait for them to dry, and enjoy!

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