Halloween is just around the corner!
And what would halloween be without spooky spiders?
These delicious treats are made of dates and chocolate with a hint of fresh orange.
It has a heavy taste of dark chocolate and is therefore most suitable for adults with a sweet tooth.
If you are intolerant to gluten or vegan, fear not! Because even though they might seem scary, they are 100% vegan and gluten-free!
The granulated nuts can either be store-brought (probably called e.g. “almond flour”) or made at home by blending the nuts yourself.
Tips regarding the decoration
Make sure that the legs are at least as thick as a matchstick, since they will break when you remove them from the baking paper if they are too thin!
Also, don’t put the spiders in the fridge, since this might ruin the color of the chocolate. This happens because the temperature of the chocolate is drastically changed, which can give it a dull grey color.
Instead of covering the spiders in chocolate (e.g. if you don’t like the taste of dark chocolate) you can also roll them in milk or white chocolate, granulated coconut, or cocoa powder.
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconutoil
- 150 g dates
- 1 1/2 tsp orange juice freshly squeezed
- 1 tsp grated orange peel
- 1 tsp cocoa powder unsweetened
- 3 tbsp coconut granulated
- 3 tbsp almond or hasselnut granulated
- 200 g dark chocolate
- 25 g white chocolate
The Date Balls
- Melt the coconut oil on a pan
- Blend the dates, coconut oil, and orange juice in a blender
- Add the orange peel, cocoa powder, granulated coconut, and nuts
- Roll small balls of the dough
- Melt the dark chocolate in a water bath
- Put 1/4 of the melted chocolate in a piping bag. Let the rest be in the bowl in the water bath (to keep it melted).
- On a piece of paper draw a circle the size of your balls and draw legs on this circle in the size and shape you want the spider-legs to be
- Place the drawing underneath a sheet of baking paper and make the chocolate-legs with the piping bag
- Remove the bowl with chocolate from the water-bath. Roll the balls in the remaining melted dark chocolate in the bowl and put them on top of the legs
- Let the spiders cool
- Melt the white chocolate in a water bath
- Put the white chocolate in a piping bag and let sit till it can be applied to vertical surfaces without running (we do not want it to be too wet when applying)
- When the spider is close to dry draw eyes with the white chocolate
- If you want pupils on your spiders, you can heat a bit of dark chocolate and put it in a piping back and apply it on the white eyes
- Let the spiders dry completely before serving