Gluten-Free, Vegan Chocolate-Covered Orange Slices

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When I was younger, one of the best parts of Christmas morning was opening my stocking from Santa because I knew there would be a delicious, creamy and tangy chocolate orange waiting for me! Of course now being mostly dairy-free and trying to eat healthier, the ones from the store don’t cut it anymore. Ya know, 99% chocolate with 1% orange flavoring. Let’s try 50% chocolate, 50% orange slice.

I love these flavors together, especially in the winter, and they make a fabulous treat for a homemade holiday or Valentine’s Day gift. Why pay for a company to deliver chocolate dipped fruits when you can make them yourself in less than 30 minutes.

You can store any extras in the fridge for a few days, but these are seriously addicting I would be surprised if you do have any left to store.

One quick note: Careful not to squeeze the oranges too hard, otherwise the juice will drop in the melted chocolate, causing the chocolate to seize and become a hard mess. No one wants that!

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GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN CHOCOLATE COVERED ORANGE SLICES

Ingredients

  • 3 Mandarin or Clementine oranges, peeled and separated
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil/shortening, optional (1)
  • Sea Salt

Directions

  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt chocolate in double boiler on medium-low heat.
  3. Gently pat each slice with a paper towel before dipping to make sure each slice is dry (2).
  4. Dip each slice halfway into the melted chocolate then place on baking sheet.
  5. Lightly sprinkle each slice with sea salt.
  6. Place baking sheet in fridge until chocolate hardens, about 10 minutes.

NOTES:

  1. Some people like to use a bit of shortening because it helps keep the chocolate smooth, I personally don’t use it. It’s just personal preference.
  2. The juices in the orange can cause the chocolate to seize and become a hard mess.