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15 GUILT FREE CHOCOLATE RECIPES USING COCONUT OIL
Lea Sharp - on May 19, 2017
Looking for a way to add more Coconut Oil to your diet? Give these beauties a try.
What better way to showcase the versatility of our high quality Organic Virgin Coconut Oil than with a round-up of the tastiest, most delicious healthy Chocolate Recipes that will tickle your taste buds. I know, I know… Didn’t we all overindulge during the silly season? Well you don’t have to swear off of these chocolatey treats, they might taste naughty but they contain no nasties and you’ll be using Coconut Oil in your recipes so your body will love you for it.
I’m pretty lazy in the kitchen, if a recipe has more than a handful of ingredients or a multi-step process I’m most likely to avoid it like the plague, so if you’re thinking these recipes are going to be a pain to make, think again – Who wants to work that hard for chocolate!
This Coconut Oil Choc Chip Cookie recipe from Alida’s Kitchen will become a family favourite (if you manage to save some for the rest of the family!). Perfect for back to school lunches or a healthy pick-me-up snack at home, the Coconut Oil and brown sugar in this recipe make your cookies nice and chewy.
In our household we swap out the flour for gluten-free all-purpose flour and the sugar for Coconut sugar or rapadura sugar which still gives it that nice caramelly-chew with some extra health benefits to boot.
You can’t get better than chocolate fudge that will give you radiant skin. Using Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk to create the smooth, fudgy texture, this recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, processed sugar-free and it’s easy-as-pie to make.
The hardest part of making this fudge is waiting for it to set in the fridge!
These little beauties are perfect for that boost of fat and protein your body craves around the 11am and 3pm mark (you don’t want to know me if I’m not well-nourished at those times of day!). No-bake, no-fuss and full of Coconutty goodness, if you’re not a fan of peanut butter feel free to swap it out for your favourite nut butter or give it a try with Organic Banaban No-Nut Spread instead. I also prefer to throw in quinoa flakes instead of the oats, experiment a little to see how it works for you.
We’re a big fan of anything covered in chocolate in this household, but being dairy free we have to get creative. These Raspberry Chocolates are great for a quick on-the-go snack and a healthy but fun addition to any lunch box, plus they’re super easy to make and take only 15 minutes to set which makes them so much more appealing! Use your imagination, you could substitute the berries for slices of banana, cherries, strawberries, oranges slices or pour over your choice of nuts for more variety.
Just looking at these Fudgey Coconut Oil Brownie Bites by Mel’s Kitchen Café is going to make your mouth water and your pulse increase (at least mine did ?). Biting into one of these is like eating a little slice of heaven, they are nice and crisp on the top but the rich chocolate inside just melts in your mouth.
For those lucky few who can tolerate dairy (boy do I envy you), this is a fantastic way to use up any over-ripe bananas and sneak a few healthy foods into a naughty looking snack. Once again I prefer to switch out the flour for a gluten-free blend but that’s up to you and what works for your family. Don’t be afraid if they don’t turn out looking like perfection like Chelsea’s have. Nothing I make ever turns out looking like that but maybe I’m just a clumsy mess in the kitchen… It’s the taste that counts though right?
Seldom do we hear the words ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Chocolate Cookie’ in the same sentence but these Healthy Double Chocolate Breakfast Cookies have all the ingredients needed to start off your day with a nice, clean energy boost. If your mornings are rushed or you’re like me and struggle to find the motivation to make a 4 course breakfast, bake up a batch on the weekend and freeze them for a quick and easy snack.
I dare you to find me one person who doesn’t love truffles because I’m convinced they don’t exist. These are heaps easier to make than your normal truffles and twice as fun because you know they’re good for you, might as well make a double batch because you’re going to find yourself hiding in the cupboard from the kids to enjoy these in secret.
I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate (it’s healthier, I know!) so when I make these I use a little less cacao or cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate. They’re also amazing with a few drops of essential oils, I’ve tried peppermint, lavender and grapefruit and all are delish!
Hooray! Another sneaky way to get veggies into those fussy children (I’m not the only one, right?). This recipe doesn’t use Coconut Oil, but I find substituting the milk for Coconut Milk and the sugar for Coconut Sugar works just as well as the original recipe and means I’m getting all those amazing Coconut benefits, plus a better flavour. I also prefer to use freshly mashed pumpkin and you guessed it – Gluten free flour.
Amanda from Running with Spoons is a health coach in addition to developing some incredible recipes, so you know she’s not going to be recommending any junk. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and of course – free from nasty processed sugars. The use of Coconut Oil helps to create a really smooth texture and makes it a perfect meal choice for breakfast with a nice dollop of healthy fats.
Hot chocolate that’s nutritious and delicious? Yes please. Ok so it’s not exactly hot chocolate weather in Australia right now but save this one to your favourites and you’ll thank me in the months to come. For those with blood sugar problems, nix the maca powder and maybe substitute it for something like slippery elm for that extra boost to your gut.
This Superfood Hot Chocolate boats benefits for inflammation, reducing heart disease, improving the health of your skin and supporting your immune system so you really can’t go wrong with this recipe.
Finally something gluten-free that doesn’t have the consistency of dry sponge! These Flourless Fudge Cookies take a total time of 13 minutes to prep and cook so you can indulge straight away without the unsavoury bloating and guilt that usually follows. I love the way they crumble and melt in your mouth with that decadent, chewy centre.
These remind me of the mars bar slices I was fond of as a kid – but my gluten-free and sugar-free goals crushed my dreams of living off of them. Luckily these bars only have 3 ingredients (4 if you add Coconut Oil to the chocolate mixture like I do), none of which contain any of that junk you like to avoid and holy cow are they good. Brazil nuts, cashews and almonds all work just as well as pecans and walnuts – Mix it up and try a few different varieties to see which works best for you.
I make sure to blend this very well so that my boy has no idea I’ve snuck anything nutritious in – because god forbid he eat vegetables! We make a gluten-free version and replace the canola oil for Coconut Oil of course, this Zucchini Bread is perfect with a cup of hot nettle tea for a morning or afternoon snack.
With the addition or some creamy Organic Coconut Milk and a beautifully ripe avocado loaded with healthy fats, this chocolate mousse is a perfect treat for any time of the day, your kids will think they’ve struck gold getting this for dessert. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free and suitable for you paleo fiends and vegans alike. I like to add a few things such as vanilla extract, a pinch of Himalayan salt and cinnamon to really boost the flavour and the healthy benefits.
If you made it through this post without ducking off to the fridge for some chocolate you need a medal! I’m lucky I had some healthy chocolate treats on hand. Give these recipes a go and let me know what the verdict is in the comments below – I’d love to see the finished product (if you don’t eat them all first).
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