The hunt is over! This recipe is the perfect chocolate dip you didn’t know you were missing. It’s vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free, but most importantly tastes delicious (and is super nutritious!) Try out this Sugar Free Chocolate Spread for yourself!
Does sugar free mean this is filled with chemicals?
No, no it does not!
This is simply free of added sugars, meaning the only sugar you will find to impart the sweet taste to this chocolate dessert spread is from the dates!
Dates are a fruit, meaning they are filled with natural sugars.
Plus, dates also contain some pretty stellar nutrients, like dietary fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins.
While too much of even a good thing is never a good thing, dates are still a great way to give a little sweetness to your desserts while also adding a punch of nutrition too.
Is this low sugar chocolate spread healthy?
You bet it is!
Not only are you getting 5 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fats with this sugar free chocolate spread, but you’re also getting 2 grams of dietary fiber.
But, the biggest plus IMHO, it that this spread is 100 percent added sugar free.
Though I’m not saying you should eat this entire spread in one sitting but you can certainly rest easy you aren’t eating a tablespoon of can sugar per bite!
What else can I use dates in?
Seriously, pretty much everything and anything you want to add some sweetness too!
Here are some of the Shaw Kitchen recipes we frequently use dates in:
Plus, dates are also great in homemade BBQ sauces and other sweet and savory dishes!
What can I substitute in place of nuts? I’m allergic!
You can use sunflower or pumpkin seeds in here, too!
Or, if you prefer more of a bean, go for 1 cup of cooked canellini beans in place of the walnuts. You may also want to add 1 tsp of vanilla extract as well.
Alright, there’s really not much more to say! Dive in or pin for later!
Sugar Free Chocolate Spread
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 3/4 cup filtered water
- 3/4 cup halved walnuts
- 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup gluten free old fashioned oats optional
- Add the dates to a microwave safe mug then pour the water on top. Place in the microwave and cook for 65 seconds. Remove and let cool for 2 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the dates from the water, ensure no pits are left inside the date, and add them to a food processor or high powdered blender. Add 1/2 cup of the date water to the food processor.
- Pulse for 30 seconds. Once batter is a thin paste, add in the walnuts, cocoa powder, and salt. Pulse until smooth, wiping down the sides of the processor with a spatula to ensure batter is evenly pureed.
- If you want a thicker spread, add the 1/4 cup of oats into the processor now.
- Spoon spread into serving dish or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- Suggest to serve with strawberries, sliced apples or pretzels.
- Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
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Happy Cooking, friends!