Super Easy Dark Chocolate Date Bark is a healthier alternative to a Snickers bar. Date bark started as a viral trend thanks to @thathealthjunkie. With crunchy nuts, a caramel-like flavor from the chewy dates, and dark chocolate this treat is honestly deliciously unreal!
Why you will love this Super Easy Chocolate Date Bark:
Simple: 5 ingredients, very few dishes, and 20 minutes from the start until you can eat this!
Natural Ingredients: Being vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and no refined sugar, it's a delightful treat for most dietary restrictions. This date crunch bark is a good source of healthy fats (from the nut butter and crunchy nuts). Its natural sweetness comes from dates. Dark chocolate (which contains good minerals and is lower in sugar) makes it a perfect healthy dessert or snack.
Delightful Crunch & Chewy Texture: Just like the Snickers bar, this bar is covered in crunchy nuts - you choose peanuts, almonds, or cashews, your taste buds are going to be bursting. The dates with nut butter make the bark chewy!
If you have made stuffed dates before or date Snickers (peanut butter inside of medjool dates with melted chocolate on top) making these is even easier! It's made to taste like the traditional candy bar Snickers, but healthier. I love that this satisfies my sweet cravings yet is still wholesome ingredients just like my recipe for bounty bars or sweet potato brownies!
Ingredients Needed to Make Dark Chocolate Date Bark
Dates: I like to use medjool dates as they are so big, and caramel-like, - that's why they are referred to as the king of fruits! This sweet fruit is the base of the bark.
Nut Butter: Creamy peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, seed butter or any natural nut butter can be used to make the nutty flavor for this bark.
Nuts: Use chopped peanuts, chopped almonds, or your favorite nut that is chopped!
Chocolate: The top layer is melted dark chocolate chips. You can use enjoy life for dairy free chocolate chips. If you want to make this sugar-free use lily's chocolate chips. Choose 70% chocolate or higher to make this bark healthier.
Sea salt: Okkkay, honestly, it's worth investing in a little box of Maldon sea salt, I just have a small box but it lasts a long time. I sprinkle it on so many treats. It makes the flavors pop and gives a beautiful look.
Are dates good for you?
Dates are a great source of vitamin B, copper, iron, potassium, and magnesium. The sweet fruit supports in cleaning the large intestine and treats constipation. Read more about dates here!
Other chocolate: Instead of dark chocolate use milk chocolate or white chocolate chips.
Nut Free: To make this date bark nut free use tahini or sunflower seed butter. Use roasted sunflower seeds or flaky coconut instead of chopped nuts.
How to Make Viral Date Bark
Follow the simple steps to make your own super easy dark chocolate date bark! See the recipe below for exact ingredient measurements.
Date Layer: Start by covering a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Open the dates, and remove the pits. Create a rough rectangle with the dates, spread them 4 long ways and 6 rows. Press the dates down with slightly wet hands to make the perfect base.
Nut Layer: Next spread a thin layer of nut on top of the dates. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top of the nut butter.
Chocolate Layer: Melt chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat stirring constantly until fully melted. Alternatively, use a small microwave-safe bowl to melt the chocolate in the microwave, 20 seconds at a time. Spread the chocolate over the dates and nuts until it is fully covered. Then add a sprinkle of flaky salt on top of the chocolate.
Last Steps: The best part is this takes only 10 minutes to set in the freezer! Then remove the baking tray from the freezer and use a sharp knife to cut into smaller pieces of bark. Keep pieces of bark in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Top Tips for the BEST Date Bark
Use parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet: placing this under the dates will help remove the bark from the pan easily!
Use big plump dates: If you want the best chewy caramel layer to bring this chocolate bark together, use Medjool dates!
Melt the chocolate slowly: Melting chocolate needs to go slowly, too much heat will make the chocolate seize up. If your chocolate is too thick to spread add 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil.
Fun Idea: Add this dark chocolate date bark to charcuterie boards! Chocolate, dates, and nuts belong on charcuterie boards, so this bark is the perfect new addition.
FAQ about Date Bark
This dark chocolate date bark is a good source of good fats and protein from nuts. The fat and protein can help balance blood sugar levels. I like to eat this as a healthy snack or dessert as there is no refined sugar, and the dates make these bars sweet. Using dark chocolate means the chocolate contains less added sugar and it will be a small source of minerals such as magnesium.
Regular dates can be smaller, and less chewy. If you do use regular dates soak them in hot water for 10 minutes drain well and then use them. However, for the best full flavor I recommend using medjool dates.
This date bark is best kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in a sealing container (to keep any smells or flavors in the fridge out!). You can also freeze this date bark and eat it within 3 months.
Thanks to The Health Junkie for this date bark recipe concept which went viral on social media summer 2023! Hope you enjoy this sweet treat of rich chocolate and sweet dates. Let it satisfy your sweet tooth!
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Super Easy Dark Chocolate Date Bark
- 20 plump dates Medjool dates are the best
- ½ cup nut butter almond butter, or peanut butter
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- 1 ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon flakey sea salt
- Date Layer: Start by covering a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Open the dates, and remove the pits. Create a rough rectangle with the dates, spread them 4 long ways and 6 rows. Press the dates down with slightly wet hands to make the perfect base.
- Nut Layer: Next spread a layer of nut on top of the dates. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top of the nut butter.
- Chocolate Layer: Melt chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat stirring constantly until fully melted. Alternatively, use a small microwave-safe bowl to melt the chocolate in the microwave, 20 seconds at a time. Spread the chocolate over the dates and nuts until it is fully covered. Then sprinkle sea salt on top of the chocolate.
- Last Steps: Place the baking pan in the freezer for 10 minutes until the chocolate is solid. Then remove the baking tray from the freezer and use a sharp knife to cut into smaller pieces of bark (3 colums, 8 rows). Keep pieces of bark in an airtight container in the fridge (3 weeks) or freezer (3 months).