Gluten-Free Holiday: Chocolate Dipped Dates with Spiced Nuts

This is the final week of Gluten-Free Holiday, and we’re ending it as we should end any holiday event – with dessert! Special holiday treats are often the highlight this time of year – many people love to make holiday goodies, cakes, cookies, pies, and candies. This gives those of us on a special diet some wonderful dessert ideas that meet our needs, or the needs of our loved ones. It’s always wonderful to make a special treat that a loved one that usually goes without can eat!

But before I get to my recipe for chocolate-dipped dates with spiced nuts (which you should TOTALLY check out!), let me share with you the fun giveaways for this week! Amy over at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free is hosting this week, and has some wonderful giveaways – two books that you could win before anyone else gets them!

Amy is giving away 3 copies of Stephanie O’Dea’s More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow. The release date for this book is December 28th. (If you wish, pre-order it now and get the special pre-sale price!)

Amy is also giving away 3 autographed copies of her new book, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free. The release date for this book is mid-January. Same story with this one – pre-order and save! (I am pre-ordering RIGHT NOW!)

Definitely head on over to Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free and share your favorite gluten-free dessert and check out these giveaways! Also check out her cranberry swirl cheesecake – it looks sinful!

Now, to my gluten-free holiday dessert. This is a little treat that is easy to make beforehand and set out at any holiday party or dinner as part of a dessert tray, or even all by itself! I found the recipe in Bon Appetit’s magazine and modified it just barely. The recipe was naturally gluten-free already (a plus!). When you bite into these, they taste so rich and complex – their flavor far exceeds the effort, and compared to a lot of desserts, they’re really not all that unhealthy. Definitely traits I look for when choosing what treats to make!

Chocolate-Dipped Dates with Spiced Nuts, adapted from Bon Appetit

54 roasted, salted almonds, divided

3 t freshly grated orange peel, divided

2 t honey

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t allspice

18 medjool dates, pitted

1 c dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)

Toss 36 almonds, half of the orange peel, honey, cinnamon, and allspice in a small bowl.

Cut a slit down each of the dates and stuff with 2 spice-coated almonds. Close the date as much as possible.

Line a small baking sheet with foil. Heat a small saucepan with about 2 inches of water to a simmer and place a stainless steel bowl over the water (make sure your bowl is large enough to sit on top of the saucepan, or else use a double boiler). Place the chocolate chips in the bowl and stir occasionally until melted through. Grasp one end of each date, dip into chocolate, shaking off excess, and place on the foil. Repeat with each date. Then with the remaining almonds, press one on top of each of the chocolate-covered dates. Sprinkle with remaining orange peel and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until set.

Makes 18 dates.

Comments

  1. says

    These are stunning – great pic! I’ve been wondering what to give my Naturopath for Christmas and I think I’ll make some of these and pass them on. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Marsha A. says

    These are an unusual way to use dates. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will have to make these for the holidays.

  3. says

    Alta – I made these today! So worth the effort – and really fun too. My 4YO helped by stirring the almond mixture and stuffing the dates. He loved it! I didn’t add allspice, just extra cinnamon. Can’t wait to try them. We’re giving 12 to our ND and saving 6 for us :)

  4. says

    Okay Alta, now I’m stalking this post a little bit! I just had to tell you how AMAZING these are. I’m just enjoying one with a coffee. Everyone who we’ve shared them with has LOVED them.

  5. says

    A big container of Medjool dates lie in the pantry — I’m very tempted by this! Never thought of dipping dates in chocolate. Perhaps a Christmas treat for the family when home.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

  6. says

    These look simple and delicious! And I’m so glad I read your post today (of all days). I’m making Gluten Free Cake Pops for my grandson’s birthday this weekend. I went out and bought all the fixings (lollipop sticks aren’t easy to find!), including dipping chocolate which I spent a whopping $9 for. I’m thinking of returning it and just using Trader Joe’s chocolate chips. Much less expensive, for sure. I was concerned they wouldn’t harden around the cake pops, but looking at your picture convinces me otherwise. Thank you!

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