Guest Blogger: The Veggie Nook – Peanut Butter & Caramel-Filled Chocolate Eggs

30 Mar

Happy Easter! Hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. Please welcome back Gabby from Veggie Nook! Please do visit Gabby on her blog, Facebook, Twitter and many other social links. Welcome back Gabby!

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Even though I’m not spending Easter with family this year, that does not mean I won’t be eating chocolate.

But not just any chocolate. I’m talking “peanut-butter” and caramel-filled chocolate eggs that would rival any silly Cadbury/Reese/Nestle/Hershey confection.

Guys I am really proud of these.

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I decided to go with almonds instead of peanuts in the filling because they are more nutritious (and paleo!) but when combined with the other ingredients, this almond filling really takes on a peanut taste. The medjool dates add a caramelly flavour and the coconut flour gives the filling a nougaty-texture. Best part? This also uses almond pulp leftover from making almond milk! Waste not, want not! If you don’t have almond pulp though don’t worry, almond meal or any ground nut should do the trick.

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And let’s not forget the coating. I decided to make my own chocolate shell from my usual cacao powder and coconut oil. I used slightly different ratios than I usually do, but the results are still delicious.

The result? A slightly misshapen (I’m lazy and no culinary genius) but entirely vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, raw, paleo, and maybe even other diet-friendly treats that will delight adults and children alike!

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Sometimes I think it’s funny I didn’t like nut butters when I was little…clearly I have a love affair with it now 😉

“Peanut Butter” & Caramel-Filled Chocolate Eggs (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Paleo, Raw)

Ingredients

    Filling

    • 6 medjool dates, pitted
    • 3 tbsp almond butter
    • 3 tbsp coconut flour
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/8-1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond pulp (dry) or almond meal

    Chocolate Coating

    • 1/4 cup coconut oil
    • 1/2 cup cacao powder
    • 2 tbsp coconut syrup/maple syrup

    Instructions

    Add all filling ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Then add the almond meal and process again until a smooth consistency is reached. Put the filling in the fridge to firm up a little while you make the chocolate.

    In a small bowl over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Whisk in the the cacao once melted and add in the coconut syrup. Remove from the heat.

    Take the filling out of the fridge and shape into egg-shaped balls. Using 2 forks, dip each “egg” into the chocolate, ensuring all sides are coated. Place onto a parchment paper-lined sheet and continue until all eggs are coated.

    Put the eggs in the fridge for about 40 minutes to get firm. Store in the fridge until ready to eat!

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    Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover or nothing at all, I hope you all have/had a wonderful holiday!

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    3 Responses to “Guest Blogger: The Veggie Nook – Peanut Butter & Caramel-Filled Chocolate Eggs”

    1. Veggie V! @ Veggie V's Vegan Adventure March 31, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      Yummy!

    2. afroartistpoetry April 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

      OMG! These look soooooooooo amazing & sound simple! I have almost all of the ingredients for these and though Easter is over, I still feel inclined to make them. Also to Lidia & Co, I have nominated VBU for the Liebster Award all because you’ve always been such a gracious asset in finding great recipes from amazing unheard of blogs that continue capturing interest and retaining love of vegan cooking, supporting animal rights, being health conscientious, and saving the environment. I cannot thank you all enough. 🙂 http://afroveganchick.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-liebster-award.html

      Janyce

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