Date Nut Bonbons

With Halloween just around the corner, I don’t think I’m the only one with candy on the brain! Temptations seem to be everywhere I look.

I picked up the most amazing barhi dates at the Santa Cruz farmers’ market and with one bite of their sweet caramel goodness, I was instantly inspired to make my own candy. It’s so comforting to have access to healthier alternatives when holidays roll around—and Halloween is just the beginning. Keep this recipe in your back pocket for the rest of the fall and winter holidays. These are simple to make and absolutely delicious.

Feel free to use any nuts you like or have on hand. You can use medjool dates as well, but note that since they are larger than the barhi variety, you will likely yield a smaller quantity as the chocolate may run out quicker.

Date Nut Bonbons
Makes 2 dozen

  • 24 barhi dates
  • 24 macadamia nuts or nuts of choice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • few drops of vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Remove the pits from the dates. Stuff the dates with the nuts and wrap the date around to fully cover the nut. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao powder, vanilla and salt. Whisk until very smooth.

Roll the stuffed dates in the chocolate, one at a time. Remove with a fork and let the excess chocolate drip off. Place the bonbons on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Once all of the dates are coated, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 1 hour to set the chocolate coating. Store refrigerated until you are ready to serve.


Natalia is a shamanic practitioner and pure food chef working holistically to guide clients towards thriving health and unwavering happiness. She is currently living & loving in Santa Cruz, CA where she maintains her Shamanic Healing practice and hosts monthly Sacred Food & Ceremony gatherings. Learn more at


2 Responses to “Date Nut Bonbons”

  1. Meritzel says:

    Will definitely try this one at home! Is it good for people who are in a diet?

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