22 March, 2015
Guilt-free Fruit and Nut Chocolate
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 at 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
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)
chopped nuts- 1/4 cup (I used cashews)
1. Chop dates 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
I am sure to try this out at some point!
Do let me know when you do, Sumi.
Yay! Guilt-free chocolate is here! amazing Apsara. Although I am not big chocolate fan, I would love these 🙂
and Oh LOVE the pictures too 🙂
Thanks, Anu. I’m not big on chocolate either, but I’m turning into a fan as I’m no developing a sweet tooth. 🙂
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?
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.
Looks chocoluscious Apsara. .. feel like grabbing some…
Gluten free chocolates that’s amazing Apsara:-) grt clicks your choco s so tempting
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!!
Thank you so much, Nancy, for your kind words. FF is always a blast, enjoying all the food out here!
hi apsara, can i use honey or date syrup instead of maple syrup.is that a sweetener or also a flavoring agent?
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.
Sounds good! . Thank you Apsara…
Guilt free?? Give me three! 😉 This looks delicious!
Thank you so much, Tracy. And for co-hosting FF too! 🙂
The recipe, the chocolates and the pictures are awesome Apsara! Wow❤️
You’re so kind, Sonal. ♥
This sounds like a great snack, Apsara. Thank you for sharing. Your photos are so inviting, too. 😀
Awesome recipe Apz<3
thanks, Charanya. ♥
I am making it tomorrow. Might try a chocolate bark though instead of chocolate blocks 🙂 Thanks Apzeez 🙂
Would love to see your version! waiting… 🙂
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 🙂
I’m so happy you liked it. Super-easy isn’t it? Thanks, Charu. 🙂
It is.Can’t get enough of it 🙂 You are the best. Will try with vanilla extract next time.
Thank you, dear! 🙂
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I made your divine recipe & loved them so much! xxx
You’re such a sweetheart, Sophie. Thank you! xx