Raw Chocolate Salami is the healthiest treat you'll eat! Made with 4 wholesome ingredients like dates, cocoa powder, nuts, and coconut oil, it is my favorite go-to snack to store in the fridge. There is no cooking involved!
What is chocolate salami? It is a dessert or a sweet treat whose name comes from its appearance, resembling a salami sausage. It does not contain any meat!
It's usually made from crushed cookies or biscuits, cocoa, butter, fats, nuts, and sometimes dried fruits. The ingredients are mixed, shaped into a log resembling a salami, and then chilled until firm.
It is then sliced, revealing a marbled appearance resembling a salami sausage's cross-section, hence the name.
In this chocolate salami recipe, I've used nourishing ingredients such as dates, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and an assortment of nuts. The dates are blended with coconut oil, combined with the nuts, rolled into a log, chilled, and then sliced.
I store the sliced chocolate salami in an airtight container in the refrigerator, ensuring a readily available guilt-free indulgence whenever I crave for something sweet, especially for kids. Have you checked out my collection of healthy after school snacks for kids or the healthy carrot oatmeal cookies?
Why you'll love this recipe?
- Mildly sweet and chewy with crunch from the nuts.
- Raw, no-bake and no-cook recipe.
- Wholesome, natural and healthy ingredients with no refined sugar.
- Just blend, chill, slice and enjoy!
- Naturally vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.
Scroll down to the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and amounts.
- Dates - Like in the date caramels, I like to use soft, plump Medjool dates, which are easier to blend into a smooth puree when compared to the Noor variety.
- Nuts - I chose a blend of raw almonds, cashews, and pistachios not only for their vibrant color contrast when sliced but also for their delightful crunch, distinguishing them from walnuts or pecans, which possess a more earthy hue.
- Cocoa powder - I prefer Dutch-processed cocoa powder due to its treatment with alkali, reduced acidity and enhanced flavor complexity. Look for the label 'processed with alkali' or 'Dutch-processed.'
- Coconut oil - It adds healthy fats, wonderful flavor like in the almond flour mug cake, aids in binding, and helps firm the chocolate salami log when refrigerated.
- Salt. Just a pinch to enhance the flavors.
Pro tip: As explained in the chocolate avocado mousse recipe, it helps to soften Noor dates for easier blending. Place the pitted dates in a bowl, pour hot coconut oil over them, stir, cover the bowl, and let it stand for about an hour. Afterward, add all the ingredients, including cocoa powder, into the food processor, blend, and then mix with the nuts.
How to make
You can find full printable recipe below, but here is a quick overview of the procedure along with step-by-step photos.
1. Into a food processor, place dates, cocoa powder and melted coconut oil.
Tip: Ensure the coconut oil is melted but not hot, as in chocolate coated peanut butter balls. This facilitates easier blending of the dates and allows them to absorb the oil without being greasy.
2 & 3. Process for about 30 seconds, scrape down the sides of the processor, and continue processing for an additional 1 minute until it becomes very smooth.
4. Transfer mixture into a medium bowl and almonds, cashews, pistachios and salt. Stir until evenly combined.
5. Transfer the mixture onto a work surface and shape it into a thick log. Wrap it in parchment paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days.
The dough log can be also rolled in various coatings, to add a visual interest, textural contrast, and flavor enhancement. Some common coatings can include:
- Cocoa powder as in the chocolate truffles with condensed milk.
- Finely minced nuts as the avocado chocolate truffles.
- Powdered or confectioners sugar.
- Sweetned shredded coconut.
- Rolled oats as the no-bake oatmeal balls.
Pro tip: When using cocoa powder or powdered sugar, I recommend rolling the log after chilling and when it is firm. This helps the fine powder adhere well but also retain a powdery finish.
Using a sharp knife, slice the chocolate salami into ¼ or ½ inch thick slices.
How to store?
Store the sliced chocolate salami in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or for up a 2 months in the freezer.
If you prefer freezing the log, tightly wrap it in plastic wrap or parchment paper, followed by placing it in a freezer-safe zipper bag. Prior to slicing, thaw the log overnight in the refrigerator.
- Use Medjool dates for this chocolate salami recipe for easier blending.
- Choose your preferred nut mix, or simply opt for raw almonds or cashews.
- I prefer roughly chopping the raw almonds before mixing. This ensures a more uniform distribution and makes slicing easier.
- For the best texture, enjoy it cold, directly from the fridge.
- Skip shaping into a log and shape the mixture into a flat square like the almond bars, approximately ½ inch thick. Chill it, then cut it into small bars, similar to how you would prepare date nut bars.
More healthy treats
- 10 large medjool dates, pitted
- 3 tablespoons liquid coconut oil, not hot
- 1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup mixed raw nuts I used almonds, cashews and pistachios
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Into a food processor, place dates, cocoa powder and melted coconut oil.Tip: Ensure the coconut oil is melted but not hot. This facilitates easier blending of the dates and allows them to absorb the oil without being greasy.
- Process for about 30 seconds, scrape down the sides of the processor, and continue processing for an additional 1 minute until it becomes very smooth.
- Transfer mixture into a medium bowl, add nuts and salt. Stir until evenly combined. Tip: Since almonds are much harder than the other nuts, I prefer giving them a rough chop before mixing. This ensures a more uniform distribution and makes slicing easier.
- Transfer the mixture onto a work surface and shape it into a thick log. Wrap it in parchment paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days.
- Using a sharp knife, slice the chocolate salami into ¼ or ½ inch thick slices. Transfer into aanair tight container and store it in the fridge. Tip: For the best texture, enjoy it cold, directly from the fridge.
Nutritional information, based on third-party calculations, should be seen as estimates, not guarantees, as various factors like product types, brands, processing methods, and more can alter the nutritional content in recipes.
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