2 ½ cups Natural Delights Medjool dates, pitted
227 g cream cheese, at room temperature
¾ cup almonds, toasted and chopped finely.
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup fresh pomegranate seeds
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, almonds, sugar and vanilla with a mixer or spatula. Blend well until all ingredients are incorporated.
Spoon the filling into a piping bag.
Pipe some filling into each date, using the hole made from removing the pit. Smooth off the end to keep tidy for dipping.
Melt the chocolate in a medium bowl over a double boiler.
Place the chocolate bowl on a work surface. Using your fingers, dip one half to three quarters of the filled dates in the chocolate to coat them, leaving the top of the date exposed. Scrape off any excess chocolate on the bottom of the date back into the bowl, as needed.
Place the coated dates on a parchment-lined sheet.
While the chocolate is still soft, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and sea salt.
Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve, then bring to room temperature before serving for optimal flavour. Place the date gems in paper candy cups for a nice presentation or to offer as a gift.
Nutritional analysis (per date):
Energy: 247.3 kJ (Cal); Total Fat: 15.9 g; Saturated Fat: 8.3 g; Trans Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 5.7 mg; Potassium: 128.8 mg; Carbohydrates: 29.6 g; Fiber: 3.1 g; Sugar: 25.1 g; Protein: 2 g; Vitamin A: 0 %; Vitamin C: 0.1%; Calcium: 1.4%; Iron: 8.1%.