Sweet and Salty Nut Chocolate Cups (Vegan+GF)

Food allergies, intolerances and dietary restrictions are a common occurrence nowadays so trying to find recipes that meet everyone’s needs is HARD! I know what you’re thinking – this crazy dietitian thinks I’ll be convinced that this vegan AND gluten free dessert it going to be tasty? Well, think again! I’m a fan of baking and desserts as a whole and will only share recipes that are yummy when it comes to sweet treats. These little bites were crazy easy to make and were a hit when I brought them to work! After watching many IG stories from Erin Ireland on how to make easy vegan chocolate, I thought I’d try to make something gluten free and vegan for my coworkers the past week.

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NUT BASE
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) almonds
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) nut butter (I used sunbutter)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
CHOCOLATE TOP
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) maple syrup 
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 

What to do:

  1. In a food processor, add almonds and rolled oats. Pulse until it looks like flour. Transfer to a bowl. IMG_1399
  2. Add nut butter, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt to the almond/oat flour. Mix until it forms a “dough.”
  3. In a cupcake tray, place cupcake liners onto tray. Add a spoonful of nut mixture to each cup and press down with your fingers or a small spoon. Set aside. IMG_1408
  • For the chocolate top, mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup and salt until a homogeneous mixture. Spoon on top of nut base. Stick in the fridge or freezer until chocolate hardens (approx 10-15 minutes).  IMG_1431
  • NOM!

Makes 12 nut chocolate bites

Tips & Tricks

  • Consume these cold since the chocolate layer does soften up once at room temperature.
  • Make sure the oats you use are gluten free (if you’re needing a gluten free treat). Regular oats may be contaminated with gluten during the processing of the oats so remember to check the labels before adding!
  • I melted the coconut in a small bowl in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, give it a stir, then heat additionally in 15 second increments until melted.
  • Like a saltier treat? Add a bit more salt (1/2 tsp total) to the nut base for a super salty-sweet treat!

NOTE!! Coconut oil is a great vegan substitute for butter. But remember, it’s still a saturated fat. Eat these bites as treats!

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