In addition to the fact that these chocolates are delicious, they’re also a great way to get in your daily quota of coconut oil. I’m currently aiming to include 3-4 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil in my diet daily. Mostly I dissolve it in my hot tea and drink it, but sometimes I indulge in some of these for a treat, and I’m glad to know that I’m just getting more coconut oil with my dessert!
- In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil and honey together on low heat. Add the vanilla extract and stir (I use my stick blender to get them really well-mixed).
- Add the cocoa powder and salt, blending well (you can use a whisk, fork, or a hand immersion (stick) blender).
- Pour liquid chocolate into a candy mold or onto a plate lined with parchment paper. Silicone ice cube trays work really well. I found the flower and strawberry ice cube trays at the dollar store for 99 cents. We also have a heart-shaped one found at the dollar store around Valentine’s a couple years ago. But pretty much any container will work, including paper or silicone muffin cups.
- Put your chocolates in the freezer for about 30-60 minutes or until they’re firm.
- Store in the fridge or freezer.
- You can use a different sweetener in place of the honey, such as stevia or maple syrup. You may need to adjust the recipe to get it just right.
- We also like to occasionally add nuts or dried coconut. You could also add peanut butter or mint extract. The possibilities are endless!
- I have found that these chocolates turn out best when an immersion blender is used for all the mixing. I use a larger pot to melt the coconut oil and honey, and then I use the stick blender to blend the oil and honey together. Then I add the vanilla, salt, and cocoa powder, and blend well again with the stick blender. This keeps the oil and honey from separating and makes the chocolates smoother and better.
- This chocolate will also become firm when drizzled over ice cream (just use it when it’s in the liquid state, rather than freezing it in molds).
- If you want to make these even more of a superfood, you can add maca powder:
Have you tried making your own chocolate?