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22 March, 2015

Guilt-free Fruit and Nut Chocolate

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Who knew making chocolate at home was this easy? I certainly did not, till today! Having these cute little silicone baking cups only made it easier and more attractive to try it out.


And I decided to try it out the healthier way, with unprocessed cocoa powder, coconut oil and lots of dried fruit and maple syrup for sweetness. A bit of raw sugar to make it more palatable for kids, who are not in favor of dark chocolate. So simple and delicious! There is no guilt in these, just the pure joy of consuming super foods. Yes!!


Having a bag of these in the fridge is going to be very useful for those odd-time cravings; and save money on buying some of those really delicious bu expensive vegan chocolate bars. This recipe fills 6 of the silicone baking cups.

Taking this treat to Fiesta Friday #60 over atΒ the Novice Gardener‘s blog, co-hosted by Tracy and Nancy. Dig in, my friends; these are so easy to make I have more batches getting done!

Also linking this up at the Virtual Vegan Potluck part 32 at Poppy’s Bunny Kitchen co-hosted by Angela.


Fruit and Nut Chocolate

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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cacao powder- 2/3 cup (unsweetened cocoa powder)

Spectrum coconut oil– 1/4 cup

maple syrup- 3-4 tbsp.

powdered raw sugar- 1 1/2 tbsp. (I powdered some turbinado raw sugar)

dates- 8

chopped nuts- 1/4 cup (I used cashews)


1. Chop datesΒ into very small bits.

2. Melt coconut oil and then measure out the required amount. Add maple syrup, sugar and cacao powder.

3. Stir in dates and nuts. Warm slightly, if necessary, to form a mixture.

4. Use a spoon to fill silicone baking cups to one-third of volume. Flatten the top with the back of a cup/ tumbler.

5. Freeze for an hour, chop into bits and enjoy! Store in fridge for a firm texture.


31 thoughts on : Guilt-free Fruit and Nut Chocolate

  • Sumi
    March 22, 2015 at 5:50 am

    I am sure to try this out at some point!

    • apsara
      March 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Do let me know when you do, Sumi.

  • March 22, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Yay! Guilt-free chocolate is here! amazing Apsara. Although I am not big chocolate fan, I would love these πŸ™‚

  • March 22, 2015 at 9:20 am

    and Oh LOVE the pictures too πŸ™‚

    • apsara
      March 23, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks, Anu. I’m not big on chocolate either, but I’m turning into a fan as I’m no developing a sweet tooth. πŸ™‚

  • March 22, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Oh, a special treat for sure, love them! I must get some coconut oil in my kitchen, so much is made from it these days. I recall in the old days, it was a no-no. Do you leave it in the refrigerator or on the shelf?

    • apsara
      March 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks, Loretta. Coconu oil has made a comeback these days in the unrefined form, so it is supposed to be healthy.
      I am able to leave these outside in this weather, but I’m not sure about hotter conditions, it will do better in the fridge.

  • March 22, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Looks chocoluscious Apsara. .. feel like grabbing some…

  • March 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Gluten free chocolates that’s amazing Apsara:-) grt clicks your choco s so tempting

    • apsara
      March 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      thanku Vidya.

  • March 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    You’ve outdone yourself, Apsara! Your bites of homemade chocolate look fabulous. Love the bits of dates and nuts too. Guilt free chocolate never looked better. Thanks for sharing your recipe with Fiesta Friday!!

    • apsara
      March 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Nancy, for your kind words. FF is always a blast, enjoying all the food out here!

  • Booma
    March 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    hi apsara, can i use honey or date syrup instead of maple syrup.is that a sweetener or also a flavoring agent?

    • apsara
      March 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      I was thinking the same thing, Booma. As an alternative to maple syrup in India, I think honey can be used but it will give a sticky texture. You could use date syrup, but I’m wary of those since there may be additives. Maple syrup doesn’t add any special flavor. Maybe just increasing sugar to 3 tbsp. or using palm sugar would do the trick.

      • Booma Ram
        March 23, 2015 at 4:39 am

        Sounds good! . Thank you Apsara…

  • March 22, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Guilt free?? Give me three! πŸ˜‰ This looks delicious!

    • apsara
      March 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you so much, Tracy. And for co-hosting FF too! πŸ™‚

  • Sonal
    March 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    The recipe, the chocolates and the pictures are awesome Apsara! Wow❀️

    • apsara
      March 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      You’re so kind, Sonal. β™₯

    • apsara
      March 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      thanks, Charanya. β™₯

  • April 3, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I am making it tomorrow. Might try a chocolate bark though instead of chocolate blocks πŸ™‚ Thanks Apzeez πŸ™‚

    • apsara
      April 3, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Would love to see your version! waiting… πŸ™‚

      • April 6, 2015 at 5:47 am

        Loved it. Am having it as I type. I used 3 ingredients. Coco oil, cacao and agave. My husband said it is super rich. Sometime, this week with a link back to yours πŸ™‚

        • apsara
          April 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm

          I’m so happy you liked it. Super-easy isn’t it? Thanks, Charu. πŸ™‚

          • April 6, 2015 at 10:43 pm

            It is.Can’t get enough of it πŸ™‚ You are the best. Will try with vanilla extract next time.

          • apsara
            April 7, 2015 at 4:24 pm

            Thank you, dear! πŸ™‚

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  • April 11, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I made your divine recipe & loved them so much! xxx

    • apsara
      April 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      You’re such a sweetheart, Sophie. Thank you! xx

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