Pre-workout Espresso Coconut Dates

Pre-workout Espresso Coconut Dates

If you've ever eaten fresh Medjool dates stuffed with things like dark chocolate and nut butter (so good) you will know that their shape, size and sticky caramel flavour make them the perfect base for a very delicious little mouthful. These Pre-workout Espresso Coconut Dates are no exception.

I developed the recipe for Natural Delights using their fresh Medjool dates. I've tried quite a few different brands of Medjool dates and I can say that the Natural Delights ones (which you can buy in Coles) have the best flavour and texture. I previously wrote about how they are grown here.

Stuffed with an expresso-spiked coconut paste, these dates make a decadent 'pre-workout' snack. The natural sugars in the dates and the kick from the espresso give you a little boost, balanced with the good fats from the coconut. They are also perfect as an after-dinner treat instead of a larger dessert if you just want something small to take the edge off.

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Pre-workout Espresso Coconut Dates

Gluten-free | Dairy-Free | Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 10 x Natural Delights Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 30ml shot espresso (or strong black) coffee

Preparation:

  1. Using a sharp knife, slice the dates into halves and remove the pits.
  2. Mix the softened coconut oil, coconut and espresso together in a small bowl until well combined. If the mixture is too runny, leave it in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up then stir until you get a paste consistency.
  3. Line a tray with baking paper. Divide the espresso coconut paste into 10 pieces and use your fingers to shape each piece into oblong logs about the length of the dates. Sandwich each log between two date halves, pressing lightly to ensure everything is stuck together, and place on the lined tray.
  4. Transfer the tray to the fridge for a few hours until set. Store in the fridge or freezer.

Makes 10.

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