4-Ingredient Date Bark

Chewy, crunchy and full of chocolate and peanut butter flavor, this 4-ingredient date bark tastes similar to the classic caramel-nut candy bar, but without all the sugar and artificial ingredients! This delicious treat is perfect for an indulgent snack or healthier dessert 😀

For my entire life, I have always been a die-hard chocolate + peanut butter fan. Chocolate and peanut butter cups are one of my favorite types of candy, so naturally it’s one of my favorite flavors to incorporate in my healthy recipes too. I recently decided to try making the viral date bark recipe, and the first time I made it, I was super excited about the chocolate/pb combo. And you know what? I was NOT disappointed! Date bark is seriously my new favorite dessert to make. The chewiness of the dates resembles caramel, and the creamy peanut butter combined with the crunchy peanuts and chocolate is *chef’s kiss.

I know I’m several months late on the viral date bark trend, but now that I’m hooked, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop making it! It may seem a little strange to mash dates onto parchment paper and cover them with peanut butter and chocolate, but trust me, you will be pleasantly surprised with the result.

Ingredients You Need

Dates~ For this recipe, you can use any type of dried dates. I prefer to buy pitted dates, but you can also buy dates with pits and remove them yourself.

Peanut Butter~ I prefer to use an all-natural peanut butter, but any type of peanut butter or alternate nut butter will work. You could also use an allergy-friendly substitute if necessary.

Chocolate Chips~ Any type of chocolate will work here, such as milk, semisweet or dark. You could even try white chocolate if you wish.

Peanuts~ Salted or unsalted peanuts both work, or you could try a different kind of nut such as almonds. Or, if you don’t like nuts, simply omit them altogether.

The Dance

This 4-Ingredient date bark is super simple to throw together! Simply split your dates in half and press them face-down onto a piece of parchment paper. The goal is get a roughly rectangular shape of dates pressed down and touching each other. After you make a “date rectangle”, you will then spread melted peanut butter on top, sprinkle with peanuts and then top with melted chocolate. Put this into the freezer for at least an hour or until the chocolate and peanut butter are solidified, then cut into squares and serve! Make sure to store leftovers in the freezer.

View the video below for a recipe visual:

This 4-ingredient date bark is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy…..literally a chocolate + peanut butter lover’s dream! I absolutely love eating this as a delectable evening snack, especially after a long night in the dance studio. There’s just something about the sweet and salty combo that hits the spot perfectly! Even if you’re skeptical, just try it. I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Need more chocolatey snack ideas? Check these out:

Fudgy Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Double Chocolate Beet Muffins

Chocolate & PB Breakfast Ice Cream

4-Ingredient Date Bark

Chewy, crunchy and full of chocolate and peanut butter flavor, this 4-ingredient date bark tastes similar to the classic caramel-nut candy bar, but without all the sugar and artificial ingredients! This delicious treat is perfect for an indulgent snack or healthier dessert!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 squares
Calories 90 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups pitted, dried dates
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup peanuts, salted or unsalted
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • sea salt for sprinkling on top optional

Instructions
 

  • Take a date one at a time and open it down the middle. Press the date face-down onto a large piece of parchment paper. Repeat this process with the rest of the dates to form a large rectangle. Make sure the dates are touching and even overlapping.
  • Warm your peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Spread your melted peanut butter over the date rectangle.
  • Sprinkle peanuts over top of the peanut butter layer.
  • Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until they are completely melted. Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut layer and use a spatula to gently spread the chocolate over the entire rectangle. Sprinkle a little sea salt on the top if desired.
  • Slide a pan or tray underneath the parchment paper and place in the freezer. Freeze 2 hours, or until chocolate and peanut butter are firm. Use a sharp knife to cut the date bark into squares and enjoy.

Notes

*Store leftover date bark in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Keyword chocolate, dates, peanut butter


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