It is hard to describe Peanut butter dates, except that they are amazing and you should try them out! This no bake recipe only has 4 ingredients! You start with pitted dates, fill them with peanut butter and walnuts, and then roll them in sugar. They are great for a snack or a dessert!
I make these every Thanksgiving for a snack in-between breakfast and the big meal. No one ever talks about what food to eat while you are cooking and baking on the big day! I need to have something, and these are the perfect snack to keep you going. I have had these very Thanksgiving that I can remember, and when I was little my sister and I would make these together. It is a great recipe for one or two people to make. If you have a friend or family member who wants to help out but isn’t the greatest cook or baker, have them make these peanut butter dates!
When choosing your dates, I would suggest the deglet variety. I think they are typically a bit softer, which makes them easier to work with and taste better. If the date is really tough you might not want to use it for these. And make sure they are already pitted! The walnuts need to be in small pieces for the dates. You can buy them already in pieces, or buy the whole ones and break them into pieces. I would not get the chopped walnuts because they are a little too small. They won’t give a good crunch which I like in these dates.
The recipe goes through the order of operations for making these dates. I like to do one step at a time for a batch of dates. I think it makes it a bit easier, or another option is to enlist someone else to help you out! As you make them you will get a feel for the amount of peanut butter and walnuts. I have a picture below to give you an idea.
In addition to making these on the holidays, they also make a great snack for activities! I have brought these along hiking, snowmobiling and skiing. And if you want to make these a bit healthier then you can use coconut sugar instead of refined sugar.
The recipe is below. Since there is no baking necessary, there is one recipe since this will work for any altitude! Hope you enjoy and be sure to leave a comment if you try it out!
Peanut Butter Dates
- Large Plate
- Butter Knife
- Two Small Bowls
- Air Tight Storage Container
- 12 oz. pitted dates (I prefer deglet)
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup sugar (or coconut sugar)
- Set out a large plate to set the dates on while making them.
- Get out a butter knife and your jar of peanut butter, or put the peanut butter in a separate bowl.
- Set out the two small bowls. Fill one with your walnut pieces and one with your choice of sugar.
- Get out an air tight container to store your dates once they are done.
- Open your package of dates and start to split open the dates. Carefully cut one side of the date with the butter knife, then roll it open. Continue to do this until you have laid out enough dates to cover the large plate.
- Start to spread peanut butter inside each of the dates. You want enough to hold the walnuts, but not so much that it will come out when you try to close the date.
- Add walnuts pieces to one side of each date. You want to fill the date with them, but not so much that you won't be able to close it.
- Close all of the dates and then roll with sugar. Place in the airtight container.
- Repeat until you have made all of the dates in the package.
- Store the dates according to your peanut butter directions. If you have natural peanut butter, then store them in the refrigerator and they should last up to 3 months. If you are using peanut butter than can be stored at room temperature, they will last about 1 month at room temperature and up to 6 months in the refrigerator.