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Vegan Chocolate Prune Slice

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Last updated on July 19th, 2020 at 03:59 pm

Prunes! Not just for your Nan, prunes are a delicious and versatile ingredient. Fantastic in both savoury dishes and sweet treats like this chocolate prune slice, I think the prune deserves a second chance.

A close up image of a stack of chocolate, prune and coconut squares

The poor old prune. Seen by many as the embarrassing cousin of the date, prunes have a serious PR problem. While I do love dates – I could eat my almond butter and oat energy balls made with dates for days – prunes are a sweet, slightly tart change in pace. So, with a little damage control we are going to embrace the prune and turn it in to a deliciously good chocolate prune slice.

So, what exactly is the story with prunes? 

Prunes are simply plums that have been dried in the sun without any fermentation process. Maybe we need to re-brand? Indeed growers in California have tried remarking them as such. Would you care for a dried-plum, Madam? Meanwhile in France prunes are revered.

In France, these prunes are held in the same high regard as foie gras and Armagnac. They are sought by connoisseurs around the world and they even have their own museum. 

New York Times

Dark, wrinkly and a little bit sticky this maligned fruit is a little powerhouse of nutrition. Given its credentials it’s a shame this little guy has been relegated to Nana’s morning porridge.  Not sexy to be sure.

But, look at all the good things we are missing out on:

  • Prunes are rich in Vitamin K | one cup provides 87% of the recommended daily intake
  • They contain Beta-Carotene
  • Prunes are a Good Source of Fibre
  • The contain most B Vitamins, calcium and potassium

Why you should be eating plums

Prunes, or dried plums if you please, are delicious, juicy and a nice change from the super sweet date. Also, they are half the price. And let’s be honest, they will keep you regular. This vegan chocolate prune slice is chocolatey and delicious; they won’t even know the prunes are in there.

Faqs

Do I have to soak prunes before using?

Nope. If stored properly dates don’t dry out nearly as much as dates. They will stay sticky and sweet. 

Can I freeze this slice?

Totally. Once you have baked the slice allow it to sit for 10-minutes before slicing. Let the slice cool completely before wrapping it in foil and storing the squares flat in a freezer-proof bag or sealed container for up to 3 months. To thaw, remove the slice from the freezer and thaw on the counter. 

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A close up image of a stack of chocolate, prune and coconut squares

Vegan Chocolate & Prune Slice

4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Chocolate
Keyword: chocolate prune slice | chocolate slice
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Amanda Logan

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients 

Base

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbs melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbs maple syrup
  • 3 tbs water

Chocolate Layer

  • 400 g pitted prunes
  • 4 tbs good quality cocoa
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tbs water

Topping

  • 1/3 desiccated coconut to sprinkle

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
  • Line a 8"x8" slice pan with baking paper or parchment.
  • Combine all base ingredients into a food processor and blitz until combined and the mix sticks together. Press the mix firmly and evenly in to the slice tray.
  • Clean out processor and add all chocolate layer ingredients to the now clean bowl. Blitz until combined and spread evenly over base layer.
  • The mix is sticky so I use a wet fork to wrestle it into submission. Sprinkle enough coconut to cover the slice all over.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. To toast the coconut top layer, pop the slice under the broiler for a minute or two to toast.
  • Remove from oven and let the slice rest for 10 minutes for cutting to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Author

Amanda Logan is a published cookbook author, recipe developer and food photographer based in Australia. She is a contributor to Nourish Australia magazine and has appeared in Thrive Magazine, Vegan Food and Living, The Zoe Report and The Australian Vegan Magazine.

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Emma
Emma
July 12, 2019 9:12 am

5 stars
This was such a great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing. Lovely with a cuppa tea. I added pecans in with almonds on the base and used cacao instead of cocoa. Love your blog.

Tahlia
Tahlia
May 22, 2019 12:15 pm

5 stars
Just made this tonight and it’s delicious! I melted some dark chocolate and scattered it over the slice as well and it turned out great. Hard to believe it’s so healthy as well

Nika
Nika
May 2, 2018 12:04 am

Hey! I got my food processor fixed and finally made this recipe today. It turned out perfectly amazing. And it is so damn yummy. I love it. Thanks for this amazing recipe.

Nika
Nika
April 29, 2018 11:50 pm

I just made this recipe. It is the first time using prunes for me. I didn’t soak them and put the ingredients in the food prcessor. Now my food processor is spoilt and as the prunes won’t puree and I don’t even know how to fix the recipe because all the ingredients are mixed in and the prunes are dry and hard. Very sad. You should have mentioned in your blog that the prunes have to be soaked in hot water forat keast 20 minutes first.

Nika
Nika
April 30, 2018 12:46 am
Reply to  Amanda

Aww. No worries. Thanks. ✌

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