Healthy and gut -friendly date snickers are a delicious and nutritious snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your health goals. Made with wholesome ingredients like dates, almonds, and carob. This snack is perfect for anyone looking for a healthier alternative to treat yourself.
If you are questioning why a food blog that specifically creates recipes for acid reflux is posting a recipe for chocolate, I completely get it. If you want to know the ins and outs of why this chocolate recipe works for me and many others who deal with GERD on a daily basis, check out my post HERE!
Keep in mind that a food one person may be able to tolerate, another may have trouble tolerating. Adjust recipes according to what fits your individual health and dietary needs.
Now, onto the good stuff. I’ve completely lost track of how many times I’ve made these healthy date snickers this month. Not only because I love them, but because my husband and kids do too, just as much. A whole batch is gone in a flash!
This healthy gut-friendly date snickers recipe is dairy-free, caffeine-free, and refined sugar-free. I used to binge on sweets (chocolate was my downfall), but with this rich dessert, I feel like it both satisfies and fights my sugar cravings.
They are a great source of healthy fats (which I’m trying to get more of since eating low-carb) and protein, especially because of the fact that adding collagen peptides to it offers 7-14 grams of protein, depending on if you add 1 or 2 scoops.
Plus, you can eat these date snickers knowing you are consuming collagen (we produce less of it starting in our twenties). Collagen peptides are known for benefiting our gut, skin, hair, nails, hormones, etc.
This dessert is perfect for those who have to avoid chocolate, dairy, or caffeine. I used roasted carob powderas a cocoa alternative in this recipe because cocoa is something I avoid due to it upsetting my acid reflux. It even has health benefits like improving digestion and lowering cholesterol levels.
Double the recipe if you make this for a party or a large family (trust me, they vanish quickly).
Ingredients Healthy Gut Friendly Date Snickers
Medjool Dates – Medjool dates are a great source of natural sugars, fiber, and several essential vitamins and minerals, such as potassium and magnesium. Plus, Medjool dates may improve digestion, boost energy, and support overall health due to their nutrient-dense profile!
Almond Butter – I prefer creamy and delicious natural almond butter but you can use any nut or seed butter you like. Almond butter is low in acid and high in healthy fats and protein.
Chopped/Crushed Almonds – Adds an extra boost of almond flavor and some crunch for texture!
Roasted Carob Powder –Roasted Carob Powderis a versatile and nutritious alternative to cocoa powder, as it is naturally sweet, caffeine-free, and rich in fiber and antioxidants. Additionally, carob powder is lower in fat and calories compared to cocoa powder, making it a great option for anyone looking to reduce their caloric intake or avoid caffeine.
Coconut Oil – Did you know the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil may help improve gut health by reducing harmful bacteria in the gut and promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria?
Maple Syrup – For added sweetness and a touch of maple goodness!
Collagen Peptides –Collagen Peptides can support gut health by improving the integrity of the gut lining, reducing inflammation, and promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. Making these delicious treats, even more, gut-friendly and beneficial.
How To Make Healthy Gut-Friendly Date Snickers
First, cut a slit in the dates and remove the pit.
Next, crush some almonds and mix them into your almond butter for a crunchy, creamy, oozy filling.
Then, stuff each date with a spoonful of your almond butter filling.
Now, let’s make the chocolate. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat.
Once the coconut oil is melted, remove the pan from the burner and gradually add in the toasted carob powder, and whisk until there are no lumps.
Then stir in maple syrup, almond butter, and collagen peptides and keep stirring until completely combined.
Finally, take each almond butter-filled date and dunk it in the chocolate. Pop the covered dates on parchment and place them in the fridge until the chocolate sets, about 10 minutes.
How to Store Easy Healthy Date Snickers
I recommend storing these in an airtight container in the fridge. They should last up to one week… but I bet they’ll be gone way before then! You can also store them in the freezer for 1-2 months.
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Fill each date with almond butter filling (about ½ teaspoon).Set aside.
Melt coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat (alternatively, you can microwave for about 30-60 seconds).
Once the coconut oil is melted, remove the pan from the burner. Gradually add in the roasted carob powder, and whisk until there are no lumps.
Add maple syrup (or another sweetener), almond butter, and collagen peptides, and keep stirring until completely combined.
Dip each date into melted chocolate and use a fork to coat the date until completely covered. Place the chocolate-covered dates on a platter lined with parchment. Sprinkle the remaining crushed almonds on top of each date.
Place the dates in the fridge to allow the chocolate to set.
Keep leftover chocolate-covered dates in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
If you decide to use cocoa when making this, keep in mind that carob has a sweeter taste, so I don’t have to use as much natural sweetener. Adjust sweetener amounts as needed.