Date Bark

5 from 94 votes

This viral Date Bark recipe combines chewy Medjool dates with peanut butter, crunchy almonds, dark chocolate, and flaky sea salt. So good!

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This Date Bark brings together the indulgence of a classic candy bar with the wholesome goodness of natural ingredients. Think of it as a healthier twist on a Snickers, where Medjool dates add a caramel-like flavor to the bark. Paired with creamy peanut butter, crunchy almonds, and rich dark chocolate, every bite is a balance of flavors and textures that’s oh-so-good! I first shared this recipe on social media after learning about it from That Health Junkie.

Date bark squares on a cutting board.
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Sometimes, the most yummy treats are born from the simplest of ingredients. Meet my Date Bark. A decadent blend of nature’s candy, rich dark chocolate, nutty flavors, and that subtle hint of sea salt to round it all off. At first glance, you might think, “How does this taste like a Snickers?” But trust me, one bite in, and you’ll get it. It’s a fun, healthier spin on a classic candy bar and a whole new way to eat dates. So if you’re up for an unexpected treat that’s both satisfying and surprisingly reminiscent of a beloved chocolate bar, this Date Bark is for you!

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Date Bark

  1. Quick and Easy: No baking or complicated steps involved. Just layer, freeze, and enjoy!
  2. Versatile Snack: Perfect for a post-workout treat, a mid-afternoon snack, or even a dessert to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings.
  3. Rich in Nutrients: Dates are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making this bark not only tasty but also nutritious.
  4. Kid-Friendly: Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this treat, making it perfect for family snack time.

Ingredients to Make Date Bark

  • Medjool Dates: Dates are the foundation for our bark, providing chewiness and deep caramel-like notes.
  • Peanut Butter: Adds a creamy richness that complements the sweetness of the dates.
  • Almonds: For that delightful crunch in every bite. Plus, they’re a great source of healthy fats and protein.
  • Dark Chocolate: This not only adds a luxurious taste but also packs in antioxidants.
  • Flaky Sea Salt: Just a sprinkle enhances the sweetness and ties all the flavors together.
Ingredients for recipe: chocolate bar, salt, almonds, peanut butter, and Medjool dates.

How to make Date Bark

The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for the bark to set up!

How to make Medjool date bark

  1. Place the Medjool dates, open side up on parchment paper in rows of 4 and columns of 6.
  2. Use your hands or a cup (with cooking spray) to press them down onto the baking sheet as close together as possible.
  3. Drizzle with peanut butter and sprinkle almonds on top.
  4. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top and use a spatula to spread out evenly.
4 image collage making recipe: 1-pitted dates on a sheet pan, 2- glass pressing dates flat, 3- peanut butter drizzled on top with chopped almonds, and 4- spreading melted chocolate on top.

Let chocolate set

  1. Sprinkle with salt and freeze for 30 minutes.
  2. When the chocolate is set, break it into about 24 pieces.
2 image collage before and after chocolate has set.

Tips for Making the Best Date Bark

  1. Choose Fresh Dates: Always opt for soft and plump Medjool dates. Older dates can be drier and won’t provide the desired chewy texture.
  2. Melt Chocolate Properly: When melting the chocolate, use a double boiler or melt it in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring after each interval to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  3. Chill Properly: After assembling the bark, ensure you give it a full 30 minutes in the freezer to allow all the ingredients to set together.
  4. Use Quality Peanut Butter: Choose a natural, creamy peanut butter without added sugars or oils. It provides a richer flavor and smoother texture.
  • Walnuts or Pecans: If you’re not a fan of almonds, or simply want to mix things up, you can easily substitute them with walnuts or pecans.
  • White or Milk Chocolate: While dark chocolate provides a rich taste, feel free to swap it out for white or milk chocolate based on your preference.
  • Cashew or Almond Butter: Not into peanut butter? Use cashew or almond butter as an alternative for a different flavor profile.
  • Add Dried Fruit: Sprinkle in some dried cranberries or raisins for an additional fruity twist and contrasting texture.
Date bark pieces in a bowl with tray of more nearby.

How to Store Date Bark

After you’ve taken the time to craft this delightful treat, storing it correctly is essential to maintain its taste and texture. Keep your Date Bark in an airtight container to prevent it from absorbing any unwanted flavors from the fridge.

How Long Will Date Bark Last in the Fridge?

When stored properly in the fridge, Date Bark will remain fresh and tasty for up to two weeks. The cool environment helps maintain the crunch of the almonds and ensures the chocolate doesn’t melt.

Can I Freeze Date Bark?

Absolutely! If you want to extend its shelf life or have a cold treat ready at a moment’s notice, you can store the Date Bark in the freezer. When stored in an airtight container or freezer bag, it can last for up to 3 months. Just ensure to give it a few minutes at room temperature before digging in, to get the best texture and flavor.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use regular dates instead of Medjool dates?

While Medjool dates are preferred for their size and sweetness, regular dates can also be used. However, they might be slightly less sweet and smaller in size.

My chocolate seized while melting. What did I do wrong?

Chocolate can seize if it comes into direct contact with even a small amount of liquid. Ensure all utensils are dry, and when melting, do so gently without introducing any moisture.

Can I add other toppings to the bark?

Definitely! Feel free to get creative. Coconut flakes, chia seeds, or even a drizzle of caramel would make great toppings.

Homemade date bark in a glass jar for storage.

This Date Bark, reminiscent of the beloved Snickers, offers a delicate balance of sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy. Whether you’re making it for a quiet evening treat, a healthier dessert alternative, or to impress your friends, it’s bound to become a new favorite!

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Date Bark

This viral Date Bark recipe combines chewy Medjool dates with peanut butter, crunchy almonds, dark chocolate, and flaky sea salt. So good!
5 from 94 votes
Servings 24 pieces
Course Dessert, Snack
Calories 144
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chilling Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  

  • 24 medjool dates pitted
  • ½ cup peanut butter warmed
  • ½ cup almonds chopped
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate melted
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

  • Line a quarter sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the medjool dates, open side up on a parchment paper in rows of 4 and columns of 6. Use your hands or a cup (with cooking spray) to press them down onto the baking sheet as close together as possible.
  • Drizzle with peanut butter and sprinkle almonds on top. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top and use a spatula to spread out evenly. Sprinkle with salt and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • When the chocolate is set, break into about 24 pieces. Keep in the fridge for best results

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Cholesterol: 0.1mg, Sodium: 24mg, Potassium: 253mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 38IU, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Dessert, Snack
5 from 94 votes (83 ratings without comment)

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  1. Julie says:

    I got the ingredients to make this a few weeks ago, and finally got around to making it! Oh my gosh, it is yummy! I added large, unsweetened, coconut flakes, and a crushed nut assortment of almonds, cashews, walnuts, and raisins. This is so satisfying! I used unsweetened 100% cacao bark, and 100% peanut butter. And it’s still sweet. I can’t wait to make some for Christmas this weekend as little favors for some family members! I love following all of your recipes! Everything is “so good!”

    1. Yumna says:

      That sounds amazing, thanks for sharing!

  2. Ruth Pino says:

    Would the dates stick together better if the open side was on the bottom and then the tops would be smoother and not as sticky. I found it difficult to flattened them with the open side up because they were very sticky. I tried to put them together like a puzzle. Any suggestions?

  3. Ruth Pino says:

    Very tasty and healthy. I used peanuts instead of almonds. But I used 1 cup of melted chocolate. The 1/2 cup was not enough. Excellent recipe. I’m going to try it next with Almonds and coconut. Thank you.

  4. Jane says:

    Tried this at a friends and it was a total hit, loved that it wasn’t sweet and sickly. Have you tried using crunchy peanut butter?

    1. Yumna says:

      I have not tried using crunchy peanut butter myself but I think it should work well!

  5. Diane says:

    This is a great recipe and delicious treat! thank you! Do you think this would work with tahini instead of peanut butter?

    1. Yumna says:

      So glad you liked the original version. I think your idea of using tahini sounds amazing! I have not tried it yet myself, but I think it would work out as long as the tahini you are using is not super runny. Would love to hear how it comes out if you give it a try!

  6. Cathy says:

    I love chocolate and this is helping me to eat it in a more balanced way.
    I used the rolling pin to flatten as best I could and then used cashew butter and I roasted and chopped the Almonds
    the portions are satisfying and I love the taste .
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe

    1. Yumna J. says:

      You’re so welcome!

  7. Ilene says:

    So yummy!! I really flattened mine out…used my hands that I dipped in water first. Really had to work at getting them squished together. I used sunflower butter and slivered almonds. Yummy!! This will be going into rotation for sure!!

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Flattening them out is the hardest part! But I like your trick of dipping your hands in water. I’m so glad it’s in your rotation now…same with us…my kids are obsessed with it!

  8. Robin says:

    Simply delicious. I skipped the step of lining them up in rows and instead flattened 24 dates and then pushed them together like a puzzle in the pan. These were a hit with everyone in my family.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So glad everyone enjoyed!

  9. Carla McMahon says:

    This recipe is the BOMB!! It’s delish and so good for for a little sweet after dinner. I keep in freezer all the time as I prefer it frozen. A must try and so easy to make! Thank you for this post!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you so much!

  10. Salma says:

    I love anything chocolate and dates. Adding peanut butter gave it such a good, extra YUM flavor!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I know right, me too!! Can’t wait to see what you try next, I’ll be on the look out!

  11. Voula says:

    Yum yum yum!! I just made this.. eating as I’m writing… love this. Love dates !! The stuffed peanut butter dates you had were also good but these are really easy and fun to make. You put any kind of toppings you really want on these. I made mine with peanut butter and then I also had cinnamon roasted pecans that I added in.. turned out amazing!! Gotta make this!!

  12. Reena says:

    I made this the other day as I was craving something sweet and OH MY!!! The best, healthiest snack! Literally tastes like a Snickers bar. Really helped that there’s minimum ingredients and effort required. Will definitely be making these every week! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with us.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So glad you liked it, Reena!

  13. Rae says:

    Does it have to stay in refrigerator? Want to make for bake sale.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      No, it’s okay to be left out as long as you don’t use any ingredients that require refrigeration.