Well you had to know, considering my sweet tooth, that I'd have to try the easy homemade chocolate candy with coconut oil that a few of you told me about. (Here are more Healthy Coconut Recipes.) I pulled together a few chocolate candy recipes and made mine like this:
Easy Homemade Chocolate Candy with Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup (use less to make them healthier, but they tasted too dark for me without more maple syrup!)
- 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Melt together gently in a saucepan over low-ish heat until it's all mixed together. I kept it super easy and instead of using molds or ice cube trays, I just put some parchment paper on a couple cookie sheets and dropped quarter-sized candies onto that. (Makes about 7 dozen.) I put them in the freezer for a while before transferring them to either my mouth, the kids' mouths (have you seen “Finding Nemo”? “Mine mine mine mine mine”), or the little that was left went into freezer baggies until I need them for bribes I need an almost-healthy treat to give the kids.
They came out very smooth and yummy. Kent, the day care kids, and 3 of our 4 kids loved them. Our 9 year old just didn't care for the coconut flavor, which is very noticeable.