Salted Espresso Nut Butter Stuffed Dates with Coffee Granola

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  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Makes: 24 servings

Nut butter stuffed dates aren’t new on the scene of food trends. What sets these dates apart from the crowd? I’ve stuffed them with Eliot’s espresso nib peanut butter and then nestled in Grandy Oats coffee crunch granola, then we add a drizzle of melted chocolate (or not, up to you) and sprinkle on some Frontier smoked salt. Simple, easy, delicious and makes for a healthier version of a sweet treat, snack, on-the-go breakfast and a super addition to a holiday brunch. You can refrigerate these or eat them at room temperature. Use this base recipe to try out all the nut butter flavors and different varieties of granola you can purchase on the Co-op Market. (Thank you to our friend Stacey Swanson for creating this wonderful recipe.)

Ingredients

  • Beyond Gourmet parchment paper

    12 ounces of pitted dates (since dates vary in size I can’t give an exact amount. My container had 24)

    14 teaspoons or so of Eliot’s espresso nib peanut butter

    1 package of Grandy Oats coffee crunch granola

    1/2 teaspoon of Frontier Co-op or Simply Organic cinnamon +extra for sprinkling

    2-3 teaspoons of Frontier Co-op maple powdered sugar

    Frontier Co-op fine salt

    Frontier Co-op smoked or flaked course salt

     

    *Optional drizzle of a couple teaspoons of melted chocolate of choice.  Dates are just as delicious without it.
     

Directions

    1. Line a tray or cookie sheet with parchment (especially if you are drizzling or dunking dates in chocolate)

    2. Pit your dates if you didn’t buy them pitted.

    3. Make sure your dates have an opening lengthwise to stuff and just open them up a bit .  We want the bottom of the date to stay in tact.  So think of an open baked potato scenario.

    4. In a small bowl, add nut butter, cinnamon, maple powdered sugar and a pinch of fine salt.  Stir to combine and taste and adjust.

    5. Stuff each date with roughly 1/2 teaspoon of nut butter mixture (if you are not drizzling with chocolate, this is when you need to hit them with some smoked salt so it adheres to the nut butter)

    6. Now you want to go back and nestle in a pinch of granola on top of the nut butter, press lightly.

    7. These are perfectly delicious if you want to stop here and hit them with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.

    8. *Optional melted chocolate of choice drizzle over the top, hit it with some smoked sea salt and extra cinnamon before the chocolate dries.
     

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