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35 Vegan Chocolate Recipes To Die For

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By Lora O’Brien

Chocoholics, look away right now. This page is your pusher. This page is ‘the man’ you’ve been waiting for. It’s full of richly delicious, creamy, gooey chocolate recipes that you simply won’t be able to resist. But don’t worry – this may be pure, hardcore stuff, but there’s very little in the way of comedown crashes after eating these. These vegan chocolate recipes are mostly relatively low or even free of sugar, some are raw, and some are gluten free, too.

Actually, in the right doses, chocolate can be good for you! Dark chocolate contains properties that can reduce your heart attack and stroke risk, lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, improve blood flow, help your skin create collagen, and of course, boost your mood. And that’s but a short list of what this treat can do to help your health – you can learn eve more here.

So creating this list was a no brainer. Addictive or not, chocolate is a global favourite, for good reason. For an extra health boost, we recommend using vegan chocolate brands wherever possible (see a list here). I’ve come up with a variety of hot chocolate recipes and cold, sticky and cakey, smooth and crunchy. There’s really no better way to celebrate Chocolate Week (starting the 9th of this month), or actually – life in general!

Raw Chocolate Recipes

Raw recipes mean one thing – no baking. These recipes are great for those of us who were, shall we say, patience-challenged. You literally make them and throw them in the fridge or freeze to set, and you’re good to go!

1. Raw Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake with Peanut Butter

Special occasions require special cakes, and this one ticks a lot of boxes: raw? Yep. Vegan? Yep? Healthy? Yep? Packed with a zillion calories? Also yep – so don’t eat this in one sitting, as tempting as it may be…Plus, go doesn’t love anything with peanut butter?!

Get the recipe here

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2. Raw Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

How can something raw also be molten? Ha ha! That is the secret of this unique recipe. If you like your chocolate healthy as heck and with different textures, this recipe is for you.

Get the recipe here

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3. Raw Fudge Chocolate Cake

I love the feeling you get when you sink your fork into a thick, rich chocolate cake. You know, the kind that leaves your fork all sticky with its sweet goodness…and this cake is exactly like that! Extra brownie points for the fact that as there’s zero baking involved, you won’t have to wait long after making this to chomp into it . . .

Get the recipe here

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4. Raw Chocolate Cashew Cream Cupcakes

Cupcakes are a bit ‘so last year’ at this point. They’ve been done to death, let’s face it! But this is a new version – one that doesn’t involve simply slapping some painfully sweet frosting on top of a tiny cake. These are rich, creamy, and borderline healthy (a wee bit too high in fat for that, but at least it’s good fat!).

Get the recipe here

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5. Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Cakes

Whoa. This is some serious food porn! The chocolate here has almost a caramel-like texture in the middle, and is fudgy on the outside, with some nuts for added crunch. It’s veritable symphony of textures!

Get the recipe here

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6. Raw Wagon Wheels

Remember those stale ‘wagon wheel’ cookies you’d get in your packed lunches as a kid? Well, don’t. Forget about them, right now. These are a whole world away from those chemical cookies – these are full of real, healthy chocolate, nuts, all set off with a berry tang.

Get the recipe here

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7. Raw Brownie Recipe

There are all kinds of brownies: cookie-like ones, chewy ones, cakey ones, and these. I’d like to say these are exactly how a brownie should be – more moist than a cake, but not as dry as a cookie, of course. And because brownies are prone to drying out a bit the next day, the icing here ensures they stay just right – that is, assuming these last till the next day!

Get the recipe here

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8. Raw Cupcakes with Salted Chocolate Frosting

Anyone who believes that raw baking is a bit same-ish and boring will be pleasantly surprised by these super fancy cupcakes. Their crumb-like base blended with creamy salted chocolate frosting is all complimented by the citrusy crunch of dried berries.

Get the recipe here

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9. Raw Raspberry & Chocolate Cheesecake

Some people are ‘berry dessert’ types. Others are into chocolate or vanilla. Please both with this dessert, which, in my opinion, tastes just like a Lindt raspberry truffle chocolate.

Get the recipe here

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10. Chocolate Nice Cream

It wouldn’t be a choco fest without some ice cream on the menu, am I right? ‘Nice Cream’ (or ‘ice cream’ made from a banana base) is super simple to blend up. No ice cream maker needed! And doesn’t this look amazing? Serve yourself a scoop of this with any of the cakes on this list, or if you feel like jazzing it up a bit, add some salted chopped nuts. Yum!

Get the recipe here.

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11. Vegan Choco-Mint Ice Cream

For some, the combination of chocolate and mint is manna – the sultry seductiveness of the cocoa somehow seems perfectly complimented by the refreshing hint of mint, meaning you never feel sluggish after a hit of this flavour combo.

Get the recipe here.

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12. Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Hazelnut and cocoa are such a great combo that there’s a whole industry built around it (thank you, Nutella!). This recipe is raw and can be served kinda warm, but if you really want to go for it and really heat it up on a cold winter’s day, we won’t judge you. Go ahead!

Get the recipe here

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13. Vegan Boozy Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

And speaking of no judgement, if it’s really really cold and you feel the only thing that will warm your bones is a dash of something boozy, well…why not. Life is short! Just make sure you don’t mix your mug up with those of the kids!

Get the recipe here

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14. Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa

Cocoa comes in all kinds of flavours now: there’s caramel hot chocolate, chocolate mint hot chocolate…but let’s face it: for maximum creaminess, there’s nothing quite like peanut butter hot chocolate! If you’ve never tried this combo hot before, what can I say? It is time.

Get the recipe here

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Gluten Free Recipes

Don’t let a gluten intolerance get in the way of your chocolate fix. Not only are these cakes pretty healthy, they’re also 100% gluten free, so you can make them and not worry!

15. Dark Chocolate, Coconut & Macadamia Nut Tart

I adore the richly oily and crunchy edge of macadamia nuts, so I jumped all up on this recipe! A rich, decadently chocolate tart with crunches macadamia nuts? I’ll have two slices, please.

Get the recipe here

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16. No-Bake Chocolate Banana Tart

A GF chocolate banana tart that requires no baking? Heck yeah! This is a great way to use up those nana’s that are sitting in your fruit bowl getting nice and ripe.

Get the recipe here

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17. Chocolate Frosted Cupcakes

How cute are these cupcakes? The moist sponge is topped with lashings of thick, creamy frosting. These would be fun to let kids decorate if you can stand their chocolate fingers afterwards. Topping them would be even more fun – think chocolate sprinkles or even vegan marshmallows!

Get the recipe here.

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18. Vegan Chocolate Pancakes

Because chocolate pancakes are life. Even more so when there’s a stack of them topped with a river of melted chocolate and frozen raspberries. You can enjoy these for a super decadent breakfast or as a dessert.

Get the recipe here

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19. No Bake Raspberry Chocolate Tart

Raspberries and chocolate go so well together. The slight tartness of the raspberries works so well against the richness of the chocolate. Plus, who wouldn’t want to get one of their five-a-day with a side of chocolate tart?!

Get the recipe here

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20. Buckeye Brownies

Stop what you’re doing and take a look at this recipe right now. Have you ever seen something that looks so aesthetically pleasing to the eye? It’s like peanut butter and chocolate were created to just skip through life hand in hand. These are so truly luscious, you could make a batch but don’t expect them to hang around too long . . .

Get the recipe here

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21. Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes are just one of my many guilty food pleasures. I like to look at them, I like to eat them . . . I just love cupcakes. And these just look so beautiful topped with vegan frosting and shaved chocolates. I guarantee you’ll be asked where you purchased these from they look so perfectly hand crafted. Enjoying looking smug when you tell them they’re homemade.

Get the recipe here

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22. Vegan Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

I’m new to the bundt cake party. It’s only something I’ve tried once or twice before. This is a real feast to those chocoholics among us, thanks to the chocolate sponge studded with chocolate chips, to the creamy chocolate ganache glaze dripping down the sides . . . is your mouth watering yet?

Get the recipe here

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23. Oreo Cake

Turn your love of Oreos into a cake, literally. And with eleven real, wholesome and healthy ingredients, this is an oreo cake you can get stuck into and abandon the guilt. I highly recommend to eat this cake along with a warm mug of coffee of tea. Eating cake is thirsty work, after all.

Get the recipe here

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24. Vegan Pear Cake

This looks so fancy, and I was so intrigued by the addition of the pear. Chocolate and pear are not two foods I would have ever thought to put together, but I can see how they’d work so well. Especially if the pears being used are nice and ripe and juicy. The cake is light and spongy and the chopped up pear and chocolate will have you going back for seconds.

Get the recipe here

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Sugar Free Recipes

Artificial sweetener is something we should all try to steer clear from – as is sugar. Like alcohol and other vices, white sugar is easy to become addicted to and it’s so bad for us. It’s void of any nutrition and is quite high in calories. So ditch the white stuff and opt for these sugar free recipes that have used natural ingredients to keep ’em sweet and tasty.

25. Dark Chocolate Coconut Treats

Boy, chocolate and coconut is literally bliss. Remember Bounty bars? I was HOOKED on those gems for years. And this recipe kind of reminds me of that childhood favourite, which is a bonus! And the sweetener used? Just maple syrup. Who doesn’t love maple syrup?

Get the recipe here

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26. Sugar-Free Vegan Chocolate Fudge

How fancy do these little handmade fudges look? Make these in their little wrappers and have them out to your friends and family and they’ll look so chic and taste delicious. Top them with cacao nibs for an added crunch against the smooth, creamy fudge.

Get the recipe here

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27. Chocolate Coated Nut Slices

When cravings strike and all you can think about is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate – keep this recipe on hand. These chocolate coated nut slices are such a great pick-me-up that will fill you with natural goodness, too. Think almond butter, dates, nuts and seeds all topped with silky smooth chocolate….

Get the recipe here

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28. Single Serve Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cake

I love any recipe that can be made in one bowl and then popped into the microwave. I hate the feeling after you’ve baked when you look at the mess of your kitchen and just wanna pack a bag and abandon your adult chores. So this recipe is such a fabulous little go-to recipe for those of us who don’t have the time nor the desire to stand and create a war zone in our kitchens. Plus, hello? Peanut butter and banana? Yummmm.

Get the recipe here

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29. Sugar-Free Beauty Brownie

Imagine a brownie that was full of ingredients to have us glowing from the inside out? Well, look no further than this beauty brownie recipe. It’s healthy, but won’t make our skins break out. Plus it tastes so damn good no one will even have a clue that it’s vegan AND healthy. I won’t tell if you won’t . . .

Get the recipe here

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30. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate peanut butter that is loaded with chocolate and still good for us, so sign me right up for these fudge bites! They are sweet, packed with chocolate and yet dense, smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of crunch from the peanut coating. This is seriously like the Holy Grail . . . a fudge that is healthy, sugar free, high in protein and vegan.

Get the recipe here

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31. Vegan Chocolate Mousse

How could I create a chocolate recipe list without a mousse? Light and fluffy, it’s pretty hard not to scarf this all down in one go. And even if you do – don’t feel bad about it. There are a lot of healthy ingredients here, including (surprise!) avocado!

Get the recipe here. 

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…And The Rest

This is a hodgepodge of different recipes I fell in love with. Just like dessert after dinner, I saved the best for last!

32. Vegan Ferrero Rocher

I have always loved Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I remember the adverts at Christmas would make them feel like such a treat. So this recipe was such a great find, as it’s a much healthier recipe using dark chocolate and chopped nuts. Serve these to your friends and family as a sweet treat and they’ll feel very loved indeed!

Get the recipe here

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33. Choco Peanut Butter Pie

Salty, creamy, sweet and crunchy – this is the ultimate in decadent pies. Actually, it makes me wonder why I don’t include more pies in my articles. Hmm…prepare to see more pies in Eluxe soon. And you’ll know what inspired that!

Get the recipe here.

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34. Two Ingredient Truffles

Truffles that contain only two ingredients? Thank you! These are super quick and easy to make, and as they’re raw there’s no baking involved. The main guys are dates and cacao powder, but you can throw in anything else you fancy. Want to make them fruity? Add in some berry powder (even acai for an extra boost) and coat in coconut. Prefer them more chocolatey? Use vanilla to sweeten and then dust with cacao powder.

Get the recipe here

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35. Vegan Freakshake

This seemed like the perfect recipe to finish off with. It looks so indulgent and fancy! I know you’re probably thinking something like this is packed full of sugar and calories, but it’s actually made from almost all natural ingredients. The base is made from ripe bananas, coconut cream, vanilla paste maple syrup, almond milk and peanut butter. If that doesn’t have you drooling already, it’s then topped further by some vegan whipped cream, melted chocolate and decorated with pretzels and chunks of brownie. And there’s also some caramel sauce thrown in. Oh, and believe it or not – it’s super low in sugar!

Get the recipe here

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