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A Perfect Last-Minute Treat to Make for Your Valentine

By Beth Lipton
February 2, 2024
Photo Credit: Beth Lipton

Waited until the last minute to do something sweet for your Valentine? Don’t worry: We’ve got you covered.

These Tahini Salted Chocolate Date Chews tick all the boxes: They’re sweet but not cloying, they’re sophisticated but fun, and, best of all, they’re quick and easy, with just a few basic ingredients.  We made them, and trust us when we tell you that they are every bit as crazy-bananas-delicious as they look.

Plus, you’re sure to get bonus points when you casually mention that you made these beautiful filled chocolates yourself. Whoever is lucky enough to be your Valentine will swoon. No need to tell them that it took about 15 minutes (plus some hands-off freezing time).

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Why you need to make these for your Valentine

These candies have something for everyone:

  • If the object of your affection is health-conscious, you can tell them how good-for-you they are, made with wholesome ingredients and no refined sugar.
  • These treats are vegan, and also paleo. And they have no refined sugar.
  • They’re so luscious —soft and caramel-y on the inside and coated with rich chocolate. Even if your Valentine isn’t into health at all, they’ll love these.

And because they’re so simple to make, they’re faster than going to the store, and stressing over what to buy — plus, they don’t require any fancy or hard-to-find ingredients or kitchen tools.

How to make Tahini Salted Chocolate Date Chews

All you do is whirl some dates, tahini, vanilla, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a food processor until smooth; form the mixture into a log; and freeze until firm. While it’s freezing, melt some chocolate. Slice up the tahini log and dip the pieces in the melted chocolate, sprinkle on some flaky sea salt, and refrigerate until the chocolate firms up. That’s it. Wrap them in a pretty box and you win Valentine’s Day.

If you’re feeling the pressure to give a fabulous gift this Valentine’s Day or simply want to give your sweetheart/sister/friend/coworker/self something really, really nice, consider this your your solution.

Get the recipe: Tahini Salted Chocolate Date Chews from Seed & Mill.

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