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You can whip up this luscious, creamy chocolate dip recipe in less than 10 minutes! It's especially delicious with apples, strawberries, cantaloupe, pears, and bananas.

By Darshana Thacker Wendel,

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  • 1 3/4 cups dates, pitted
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups fresh fruit, for dipping


  • Soak the dates in 1/4 cup water for 5 minutes.
  • In a blender, combine the cashews and 1 1/4 cups water to create cashew cream.
  • Add the drained dates, cacao powder, carob powder, ground flaxseed, vanilla, and salt to the blender; blend into a smooth paste.
  • Serve on a platter with fresh fruit.

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Thank you! I have not made this yet; I just saw the recipe after watching the Friday Live video "Wow!" I look forward to trying this-such a treat!


I frequently have cashew cream already made in the fridge. How much prepared cashew cream would I add to the recipe in lieu of cashews and water?


Can I use all cocoa powder instead of cacao and carob powder? Does it matter?


Yes but it may be richer tasting. I like that but the chocolate may then overpower the caramel part.

Theresa H. Williamson

I have an allergy to flax. What can be subbed for it.


Sweet potato might work!


Can’t use nuts or seeds what suggestion do you have for this particular recipe?


What could I substitute for the flaxseeds? Thanks.


Could firm Tofu be subbed for the Cashew/nuts? Tummy sensitive to too many nuts. Thanks

Karen Dar Woon

Are the Dates “whole, dried”? Or from the block of “pitted dates” that seem chopped? Does it matter? Do you have weight equivalents for the dates and nuts?


Dates in vegan recipes usually mean pitted medjool dates. You usually have to chop them yourself.


What can I substitute dates with? Something with less sugar please.


Dates are about the healthiest sweetener you can get. They're unprocessed and full of fiber. I went from an A1C of 8 to 5.2 using dates in baked goods so I am not sure what the concern would be. Good luck.


I agree with M.K. The dates though are what gives it that caramel flavor.


I LOVE this recipe. I had to change it a bit because of cashew allergies. I was inspired by a healthy nutella recipe, so I added roasted hazelnuts instead of cashews. Sooooo good! I also soaked the dates in 2 cups of hot water, then saved the water to blend with the nuts, and add extra if it got too thick. I also omitted the flax because I didn't see the point of it and wanted to reduce the fat.

Linda Jackson

Hi Aj ... The flax is a wonderful source of omegas so it is truly a healthy fat ... The nuts are the issue when it comes to fat if that's your concern and should be limited to 1TBS a day

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com and follow her on Instagram for more.
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