Vegan homemade chocolates with dried fruit and hazelnuts! With either dried apricots or prunes, these easy 3-ingredient treats are perfect for a quick and healthy make-ahead snack.
Every time I go into a supermarket or a health food store nowadays, I find new vegan snack options to try. From chocolate and sweets to energy bars and yoghurt, there is an option for everyone’s preference. The extent of change is bigger than I could have ever imagined. I remember getting excited about one or two vegan options when I first switched to this lifestyle in 2015. Since then, the food industry really has stepped up its game.
That being said, oftentimes nothing can top a homemade option. I have to admit that I do go for store-brought snack options quite a lot because first of all, as I said, the availability really is huge. Plus, a lot of them have healthy ingredients too. Also, as someone who lives a busy lifestyle, I sometimes don’t have a choice if I’ve forgotten to prepare something in advance. But overall, there are a lot of benefits to preparing your snacks at home. As an easy and quick option today I’m sharing the recipe for these vegan homemade chocolates with dried fruit and hazelnuts.
Vegan homemade chocolates with dried fruit and hazelnuts
These treats are perfect for anyone that’s looking for a new homemade snack idea. You can make a big batch of these fruity chocolates at the start of the week and take some with you every day to school or work. They’re also great as a pre- or post-workout treat (I don’t know about you, but I’m always in the mood for chocolate after a tough gym session). But of course, they’re also great for a movie night with friends or a treat to have after dinner with a cup of tea. And as I’ve done in the photos here, you can use these homemade chocolates as a topping for smoothie bowls or oatmeal.
What’s great about these homemade chocolates is that they require just either prunes or dried apricots, hazelnuts and dark chocolate. That’s it – only 3 ingredients (or 4, if you choose to use both prunes and apricots, which I could recommend because both options are super yummy). Not only that, but they’re also perfect if you’re short on time. The end result is not only healthy, but also full of flavour, as dark chocolate and dried fruit taste amazing together.
I’ve used hazelnuts for this recipe, but you can swap these for any other nut of your choice, such as macadamias, cashews, pecans, etc. When choosing chocolate, you can also choose whichever one you prefer. I like to use a dark variety with at least 70% cocoa solids, but vegan milk chocolate works too.
What’s to love about these homemade chocolates?
- A great option for a healthy snack
- Made with just 3 wholesome ingredients
- Ready with only 10 minutes preparation time
- Great for meal-prep
- Ideal as a post-workout snack
- Also perfect for sharing!
Eat these by themselves, dipped in a nut butter of your choice, with a hot drink or on top of smoothie bowls or oatmeal!
How to make homemade chocolates with dried fruit and hazelnuts
It really is super easy!
Start by melting the chocolate either on the stove, or microwaving it on medium power for 1-2 minutes. Meanwhile, stuff the dried apricots with the hazelnuts.
Then, dip the apricots in the chocolate one by one and leave to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes on a sheet or parchment paper.
Other vegan snack recipes
- Four-ingredient vegan fudge
- Vegan edamame hummus
- Baked vegan cashew cheese
- Almond butter veggie chips
- Coconut and tahini chocolate granola
Let me know in the comments – do you prefer homemade or store-brought snacks? If you give these homemade chocolates with dried fruit and hazelnuts a go, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@earthofmariaa) and leave your feedback in the comments below!
Homemade Chocolates With Dried Fruit And Hazelnuts (Vegan, Gluten-free)
- 3.5 oz dark chocolate
- 20 hazelnuts
- 20 pitted dried apricots or prunes
- Start by melting the chocolate either on the stove, or microwaving it on medium power for 1-2 minutes. Meanwhile, stuff the dried apricots with the hazelnuts.
- Dip the apricots in the chocolate one by one and leave to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes on a sheet or parchment paper.