Date Bark

Date Bark satisfies your sweet tooth naturally. Chewy dates blend with creamy nut butter and rich dark chocolate. It's a no-bake, tasty delight packed with fiber, healthy fats and potassium. This is such a fun snack for kids and adults!
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This trending date bark recipe showcases a delightful blend of Medjool dates, peanut butter, chocolate, and granola! It resembles the taste of a Snickers bar, offering a more wholesome indulgence that you can easily keep in your freezer.

This bark is made with Medjool dates, generously coated with smooth peanut butter, crunchy granola, and melted chocolate. The outcome is an addictive flavor reminiscent of an authentic Snickers bar!

Date bark.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This date bark is the perfect snack for any time of the day!
  • It tastes like a Snickers bar without the excess sugar.
  • Kids love it!
  • This treat is best kept in the fridge or freeze for a refreshing snack.
  • It is made with only 5 ingredients.
  • Chocolate and peanut butter are so delicious.
  • This snack is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
  • Check out this Banana Bark for another wholesome snack idea!

Ingredients & Substitutes

THese are the ingredients and substitutes for this date bark. Scroll down to the recipe card below for the entire recipe.

Use Medjool dates by pitting them and gently splitting them in half without completely separating them.

Choose between creamy peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter made solely from nuts and salt. For a nut-free alternative, use sunflower butter.

Select your preferred granola or consider peanuts, walnuts, pecans, or almonds for an additional crunch.

Enhance the richness with dark chocolate chips, or choose milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate based on your preference.

Coconut oil helps make the chocolate more smooth. In addition, it hardens when chilled.

Finally, add a finishing touch by sprinkling flaky sea salt on top!

Ingredients for date bark.

Taste & Texture

Date bark offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures.

The natural sweetness of the dates pairs wonderfully with the crunchy and nutty elements.

The smooth and rich chocolate drizzle adds a velvety touch, giving each bite a taste sensation that will keep you coming back for more!

How to Make

Step 1

First, line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

Pit the dates. Gently split the dates open. Place them touching together on the parchment paper. Press down with your hands lightly.

Halved dates.

Step 3

Spread the creamy peanut butter on top.

Peanut butter with dates.

Step 4

Then, add the granola on top.

Granola peanut butter bars.

Step 5

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil. Stir until completely smooth and creamy. Spread this on top.

Chocolate granola peanut butter bars.

Step 6

Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Place in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the chocolate has hardened.

Frozen snickers bars.

Step 7

Finally, remove from the date bark freezer. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Expert Tips for Success

Achieve the finest date bark by adhering to these helpful guidelines:

Remove the pits from the dates.

Place the dates closely together on a parchment-lined tray to form a solid base.

Opt for smooth and runny peanut butter.

Be careful melting the chocolate chips and coconut oil to avoid burning.

Ensure the bark is fully hardened before indulging in it.

Date peanut butter squares.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Let your imagination run wild! Here are some ideas to inspire you:

Classic Duos: Peanut butter & chocolate, almond butter & berries, tahini & pistachios.

Spice Sensations: Add a pinch of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or cardamom for an extra kick.

Tropical Twist: Use dried mango, coconut flakes, and lime zest for a fun taste.

Salty Sweet Symphony: Sprinkle with flaky sea salt for a delightful balance.

Fruity Fun: Fold in chopped dried cranberries, cherries, or apricots for bursts of flavor.

How to Serve & Store

Break your bark into bite-sized pieces for easy sharing or individual snacking. You can also arrange it on a platter with sliced fruit and nuts for a beautiful and healthy appetizer.

Store leftover bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze it for longer storage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use other types of dates?

While Medjool dates are ideal, Deglet Noor dates can also work if they are softened thoroughly.

Is date bark suitable for those with dietary restrictions?

Date bark can be enjoyed by many individuals, including those following a vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free diet. However, always check the ingredients of your chosen toppings to ensure they align with your dietary needs.

Can I use other types of chocolate?

Absolutely! You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate, depending on your preference and taste. Feel free to experiment with different chocolate varieties to find your favorite combination.

Thick peanut butter date bars.

Equipment Needed

USA Pan 3 Piece Cookie Sheet Set: We love these baking pans for this bark recipe.

Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets: Line the pan with a parchment paper sheet for easy clean-up.

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