Nuts about Chocolate :)
As they say better the devil you know right?! These are a little indulgent, though they are full of goodness at the same time (see below) & life’s short, SO everything in moderation 🙂
BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL & CACAO POWDER
Coconut oil is amazing because of it boosts your immune system & metabolism, stops sugar cravings. It also helps stop fat beings stored in the abdominal region (definitely of benefit around this time of the year). Cocoa powder is packed full of antioxidants, it also contains magnisum, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and zinc!
WHAT YOU NEED
- Mixing bowl
- Baking paper & plate or tray to set
- 3 heaped table spoons of cacao powder (we used Loving Earth’s raw organic cacao powder – available from most health food stores)
- 3 heaped table spoons of coconut oil (we used Macro organic virgin coconut oil – available from most super markets in the health food section)
- 2 -3 teaspoons of peanut butter (we used Sanitarium crunchy 100% peanut butter – available from most super markets in the health food section)
- Your choice of nuts (we used almond flakes & macadamia nuts)
- Rice malt syrup or honey
- Sea salt
*depending on the size you make your chocies this can make 6 – 8 small teaspoon sized
1. Pop your coconut oil in the micro on high for approx. 20 seconds
2. Add your peanut butter, and choice of sweetener & stir
3. Add each individual spoon of cocoa powder (mixing in each as you go)
4. Add a salt sprinkling, taste – & tweak your ingredients to your taste. For example you might like it a little sweeter, if you’re used to more of a milk choc or you may like it more nutty – add a little extra peanut butter. The main thing is making sure the consistency is thick enough to form & keep a choc dollop on a tray.
1. Place your baking paper on a tray, and dollop your chocies on, add your nuts as you like to finish & a sprinkling of cacao powder.
2. Pop in the fridge to set, once set you can remove the baking paper and place them in your container of choice.
We’d recommend keeping these in the fridge, they do last out of the fridge in mild conditions, but Melbourne weather likes to surprise us so better to be safe than melted 🙂
P.S. Also great idea to make for Chrissy gifts.