It may be a cliché but you can’t beat a good box of chocolates if you’re looking to give a gift…but, what is better than making your own? Made with lots of love these gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free vegan raspberry coconut dark chocolate hearts will earn you oodles of brownie points!

Vegan raspberry coconut dark chocolate hearts #FreeFromValentine

I’ll admit I’m a sucker for a box of good quality chocolates but make your own and you can fit in all types of dietary requirements, fill them with your favourite flavours, and you know exactly what they contain, or don’t! I love the tart freeze dried raspberry crumb used in this recipe, it also counts as one of your five a day! There are many great vegan chocolate brands but if you get an unsweetened one this recipe is also refined sugar free.

Decadent raspberry coconut dark chocolate hearts | vegan | gluten free | dairy free

These super shiny raspberry coconut dark chocolate hearts not only look very impressive they also taste amazing, unusually for me they take a little patience before they’re ready to eat but the wait is more than worth it.

Vegan & Gluten Free Raspberry Coconut Dark Chocolate Hearts | CherishedByMe.com

Simply wrap these little beauties up in some parchment paper and a pretty ribbon and you’ll be good to go! Watch that special someone’s face when they bite into the crisp dark chocolate reaching the soft melt in the mouth raspberry flavoured centre. Who knew that a free from refined sugar, dairy, gluten and nut chocolate could taste so good!

Gorgeous vegan, gluten, refined sugar free, nut free raspberry coconut dark chocolate hearts | cherishedbyme.com

As Valentine’s day is just around the corner (again- I know! Where does the time go??) I’ve collaborated with the wonderful Free From gang to bring you a whole collection of Free From recipe ideas especially for the ‘big day’ if indeed you celebrate it. Even if you don’t, these recipes are well worth a try.

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I forgot to add in the recipe, you may find you have some filling leftover, don’t despair, shape it into mini bars and coat with dark chocolate and you have mini raspberry ‘Bounty’ bars. They were also a big hit here!

Raspberry Coconut Dark Chocolate Hearts Recipe…

Raspberry Coconut Dark Chocolate Hearts

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Decadent vegan raspberry coconut dark chocolate hearts free from gluten, egg, dairy, nuts and refined sugar
Ingredients
  • 225g dark vegan chocolate *
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 75g unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 5 tbsp raspberry crumble plus a little more for decoration
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 125 ml coconut cream
Instructions
  1. Melt 100g chocolate and 1 tsp coconut oil either in 20 second bursts in the microwave or over a bowl of boiled water*
  2. Whilst the chocolate is melting place a pinch of raspberry crumble into each chocolate mould
  3. Once the chocolate has melted make sure the oil is well combined and then drizzle a little chocolate over the raspberry crumb.
  4. Using something like a wooden lolly stick pull any excess chocolate up to completely cover the mould, add extra chocolate if necessary. You want to make sure there are no gaps or missing bits but also that the chocolate is not too thick (You want to be able to fill with a generous amount of the raspberry, coconut cream)..
  5. Once every mould is covered put in the fridge for at least an hour to set.
  6. Repeat step 1 this time using 50g chocolate and ½ tsp of coconut oil.
  7. Using the lolly stick coat each mould for a second time, this will ensure there are no gaps
  8. Leave to set in the fridge for a second time for another hour
  9. Whilst the chocolate is setting place the desiccated coconut, raspberry crumble, maple syrup, coconut cream and 1 tbsp of coconut oil into a saucepan
  10. Stir the ingredients whilst heating gently until the mixture becomes sticky and pink
  11. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes
  12. Remove the chocolate mould from the fridge and spoon a small amount of the raspberry coconut cream into each mould, don't overfill
  13. Repeat step 1 again, this time melting 75g of chocolate and ¾ tsp coconut oil
  14. Seal each chocolate off with a layer of chocolate ensuring the finish is smooth and does not come over the top of the mould
  15. Chill the chocolates in the fridge again for as long as you can possibly wait, preferably overnight
  16. Remove the chocolates from the mould and enjoy!
Notes
•A plastic mould will leave the chocolates with a gorgeous sheen but you may want to temper the chocolate to make it easier to remove the chocolates

I used a mould from Lakeland

This is the freeze dried raspberry crumb used in the recipe

 

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9 thoughts on “Raspberry Coconut Dark Chocolate Hearts

  1. These are so gorgeous. I love how shiny they are, they look shop bought! Not sure I could make them as pretty but I will try! Great recipe, thanks for sharing! X

    Posted on February 15, 2018 at 12:57 am
  2. These look so lush!

    Posted on February 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm
  3. These look so delicious hun and i love they are refined sugar free too. Great idea to add coconut to the middle. Soft centres are the best. jo x

    Posted on February 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm
  4. Wow! Look at the shine on them. They are PERFECT. They sound absolutely delicious too. Mind you….. I have always been a total sucker for the chocolate-raspberry combo x

    Posted on February 10, 2018 at 2:36 pm
  5. These are stunning & I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love a box of these for Valentine’s Day! The colour of the filling is beautiful!

    Posted on February 10, 2018 at 8:14 am
  6. These are so beautiful and clever. I have never made chocolates that look this gorgeous! They’re amazing!

    Posted on February 8, 2018 at 11:36 am
  7. I will be going to a vegan chocolate event tomorrow night and I know quite well now what I will do with the goodies.
    These look incredible and the shine of the chocolate is amazing.

    Posted on February 7, 2018 at 8:40 pm
  8. These look so beautiful. I would love to get these for Valentine’s Day!

    Posted on February 7, 2018 at 8:09 pm
  9. These are so pretty! Please make them for me!

    Posted on February 7, 2018 at 11:20 am