Well you had to know, considering my nasty sweet tooth, that the first recipe I would try from Real Food Wednesday would be the coconut chocolate candy that a few of you told us about. The topic was “Healthy Coconut Recipes” – I pulled together all of the different chocolate candy recipes and made mine like this:
Easy Homemade Chocolate Candy – with Healthy Coconut Oil
- 1/2 c. coconut oil
- 1/2 c. real maple syrup (use less to make them healthier, but they tasted too dark for me without more maple syrup!)
- 1/2 c. organic cocoa powder
- 1 t. organic vanilla
- 1/2 t. 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.
By the way, I just realized that this recipe is probably closest to Mtn.Mamaof4’s recipe for fudge. I wanted to give her the credit for it. Although I did pull a little from all the chocolate recipes many of you shared on Wednesday – thank you! (By the way, everyone had good variations to try with it, too – I’d like to try Mtn.Mama’s suggestion for making peppermint flavored chocolate.)
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