Paleo Coconut Chocolate Bars/Homemade Healthy Mounds
Ingredients, ALways Organic:
- 4 cups grated, unsweetened coconut
- ½ cup softened or melted coconut oil
- 2-4 tablespoons coconut nectar (I liked this best, however you could use real maple syrup, honey, or other syrupy sweetener)
- Roasted whole or slivered almonds (optional)
- 1½ cups dark chocolate pieces (OR you can sweeten your own baking chocolate squares-the ones with no sugar. I did a mixture of 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate/1/4 cup coconut nectar/40 drops vanilla creme stevia. Another great option is ½ cup food grade cocoa butter mixed with 1/2 cup cocoa powder and sweetener to taste. I use about 2-3 tablespoons worth. I always add a dash of salt too.)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- In a food processor, put the filling ingredients and process for several minutes. The mixture should soften and heat the coconut oil and the coconut pieces should begin to break down and move smoothly. The less time you process, the more chunky it will be. Some time is necessary so that the mixture will bind well.
- Taste for sweetness, add more if you like. Coconut nectar gives the mixture a slight tan coloring…just like the original!!
- Line an 8 x 8 or similar sized pan with waxed paper or parchment.
- Pour the coconut filling in and spread around evenly. If you would like to use almonds, now is the time. Press them in!
- Place the pan in the fridge or freezer to speed the solidifying process.
- Meanwhile, melt your chocolate with the coconut oil.
- Once solid, lift the whole chunk out by lifting the paper. Cut into desired shapes. Dip each piece in the chocolate, letting the excess drip back before laying it on A Silpat, parchment, or waxed paper to solidify. Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the freezer. Unlike most coconut oil delicacies, these are solid at room temp and travel well out of refrigeration, at least here in the cooler NW!
- SHORTCUT?: I have also done these the easy way by spreading the chocolate coating right over the top of the whole pan and forgoing the dipping process!