Need a beautiful sweet treat to surprise a chocolate-loving family member for their birthday? Want something special to give to a vegan friend to say thanks for helping you out? Or maybe you just want to test out your baking skills while making yourself something delicious? Whatever the question is, the answer is vegan chocolate cake pops!
Not just any cake pops
One of the reasons these vegan chocolate cake pops are so special is that they’re made entirely from scratch. Some basic cake pop recipes are made by mixing up the crumbs of a store-bought cake with store-bought icing. But where’s the fun in that?
These vegan chocolate cake balls are 100% homemade. Not only does this mean the person you share them with will know how much you truly care, but it also means you can customize the recipe to suit tastes, allergies, intolerances and diets.
This homemade chocolate zucchini bread is the base for this recipe and a combination of chocolate nut spread, dates, almond milk and vanilla extract act as the healthy frosting that holds the cake pops together. The final touches are melted homemade milk chocolate used to coat the cake pops and brightly colored sprinkles to liven everything up.
The result is an edible piece of art that looks like something that came straight out of a master bakery!
Since these vegan chocolate cake pops use homemade ingredients, it’s really easy to make them healthy. The recipe contains no added sugar. Even the homemade vegan milk chocolate uses maple syrup in place of granulated sugar. Dates are used to add an extra hit of sweetness, but they’re loaded with antioxidants and promote a healthy blood sugar balance.
The only ingredient that’s likely to include added sugar is the chocolate nut spread. But if you’re selective about the brand you buy, you should be able to find a low-sugar or even sugar-free kind. If you want to make as many ingredients as possible from scratch, go ahead and make your own chocolate nut spread by combining homemade nut butter with cocoa powder. This way you can be certain there’s no added sugar.
As well as being free from added sugar, these vegan chocolate cake balls are also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. This makes them perfect for serving at a party or get together when you want to make sure there is something everyone can eat, whatever their lifestyle or dietary requirements.
For chocolate lovers
If you’re a big chocolate fan, you’ll absolutely love these vegan chocolate cake pops. They contain potentially 4 lots of chocolate!
- Cocoa powder in the zucchini bread.
- Chopped up chocolate in the zucchini bread.
- Chocolate nut spread in the cake balls.
- Melted chocolate in the cake ball coating.
If you use chocolate sprinkles, you can even get up to 5 different types of chocolate in one single dessert. Now that’s the kind of dish real chocoholics will drool over.
Vegan Chocolate Cake Pops
- 5 cups chocolate zucchini bread scratches
- ½ cup chocolate nut spread or nut butter + cocoa
- ½ cup dates washed and pitted
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk chocolate
- Sprinkles or nuts
- Combine the chocolate nut spread, dates, vanilla and almond milk in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Into a medium-sized bowl, crumble the chocolate zucchini bread into small crumbs with your hands. Make sure there are no large pieces of zucchini bread.
- Add the chocolate cream mixture you made in step 1 into the bowl with the crumbled zucchini bread. Beat with a hand mixer until well combined and all the zucchini bread pieces have been thoroughly coated in the chocolate cream mix.
- Roll the cake pop mixture into 23 evenly sized balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the cake pops in the fridge and leave to chill for 1 hour.
- After the cake pops have chilled, melt the milk chocolate in the microwave. Leave the chocolate to cool down completely before using it otherwise it will crack when it sets.
- Remove the cake balls from the refrigerator. Dip a lollipop stick about a 1/2 inch into the melted chocolate then insert it into the center of the cake ball. Carefully dip the cake ball into the chocolate and move it around until it is completely covered.
- Decorate each chocolate-covered cake pop with sprinkles and place upright into a styrofoam block or box and leave to set.