Make some tasty truffles with no added sugar and 100% vegan! The natural sweetness of dates are the star of the show in this delicious dessert recipe for Vegan Chocolate-Covered Dates Stuffed with Almonds!
Love is in the air! Looking to give a thoughtful, more natural gift this Valentine’s Day? Or maybe the person you’re giving to isn’t a huge fan of sweets? Well, look no further! These vegan chocolate-covered dates are the perfect homemade gift idea!
[bctt tweet=”#Chocolate #vegan truffles with no added sugar! #Recipe ” username=”80twentyrule”]
As someone with a big sweet-tooth, I regularly crave sweet treats and chocolate. The great thing about making chocolates at home is that you can control exactly what goes in them.
Most of the sweetness of this recipe comes from the dried dates. Look for ones that are preservative-free, or else you may get a strange aftertaste.
This recipe uses “black” or alkalized cocoa powder to off-set the strong coconut flavour, but you could easily swap out the coconut oil for cocoa butter or the “black” cocoa powder for any cocoa/cacao powder of your choice. This recipe also works well for flavoured chocolates.
I have made variations with a few drops of pure peppermint oil, a teaspoon of instant coffee, and the zest of an orange. The possibilities are endless!
Vegan Chocolate-Covered Dates Stuffed with Almonds – No Added Sugar, No Refined Sugar
If you make this recipe or have any other great Valentine’s Day ideas, comment below! I’d love to see what you come up with.
Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Dates - Perfect for Valentine's Day!
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or finely ground cacao powder
- 16 dates preservative-free
- 16 almonds unsalted, roasted
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the coconut oil until completely melted. (You can also use a double-boiler if preferred). Mix in the cocoa powder until the mixture is smooth and glossy. At this point you can taste the mixture. Adjust the thickness to taste. Set aside the chocolate to cool.
- Using a paring knife, cut a small slit down the side of the date.
- Gently pry open the date, being careful not to ruin the shape.
- Pull out the pit. Add the filling of your choice into the hollow interior (in this case, put in one almond). Close the opening of the date back together. Repeat with all the dates.
- Dip the dates into the chocolate mixture. Use a fork to remove the dates, allowing the excess chocolate to drip away.
- Place the dates cut-side down onto a small tray with wax paper or plastic wrap. Pop into the freezer for about 3-5 minutes, or until the dates come away easily from the tray.
- Have leftover almonds and chocolate? This recipe is great for regular chocolates too. First, chop up any remaining almonds.
- Pour the remaining chocolate mixture half-way up a chocolate mold. Add in the almonds, then fill to the top with more chocolate.
- Freeze for 15-20 minutes, or until completely solid. Pop out of the chocolate molds and enjoy!
- Enjoy! Store uneaten dates (if any!) in an air-tight container in the fridge.