Recipe: Raw Double Chocolate Coconut Bites (Paleo, GAPS)

August 4, 2013 · 10 comments

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I had a hankering for something with coconut and chocolate and in a manageable size — a bite size. Instead of buying that junk they call candy at the store, you can make your own treats with real ingredients and it only takes a few minutes.

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I am trying to get more coconut– in all forms — into my diet so I am using it in many ways. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is a dessert or treat. Don’t get me wrong, I also use it in food dishes, but here, I put together something that I really like and that is quick and easy to make.

Don’t you sometimes get a craving for something sweet, but only need a small amount? A little coconut and a little chocolate always makes anything so satisfying… I think you are going to love this treat!

Raw Double Chocolate Coconut Bites (Paleo, GAPS)

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

  • Split open the dates and remove the pits (I always count the pits to make sure I do not miss any)
  • Process the dates first until it is smooth
  • Add the coconut spread, vanilla and the cocoa powder and process until well combined
  • Add the shredded coconut last and process until well mixed — do not over process or it will become too oily
  • Transfer the batter to a bowl for easy use
  • With a teaspoon form small balls and place on the parchment lined cookie sheet
  • In the small pot gently melt the chocolate bar
  • Dip the balls into the chocolate and place back on the parchment paper
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving
  • Keep these in the freezer or refrigerator in a container for a bite sized treat!

Sources for chocolate:
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunk – This one is very low in sugar

Lindt Chocolate 90% Cacao — Dark Supreme – This one is extremely low in sugar

Liberty Chocolate – this one is made with honey and so technically is GAPS legal

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Refrigerator Time: 1 hour
Yield: About 18 bites

Shared at: My Meatless Monday, Barnyard Hop, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasteful Tuesday, Hearth & Soul Hop, Gluten free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Healthy 2Day, Party Wave Wednesday, Whole Food Wednesday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Gluten Free Friday, Foodie Friday

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1 Penny August 5, 2013 at 6:43 am

Could you tell me what coconut spread is please?

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2 Jill August 5, 2013 at 6:57 am

Hi Peggy,
Coconut spread is essentially the meat of the coconut processed until it is a puree. It goes by the name coconut spread, coconut cream, coconut butter and even coconut manna.

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3 Penny August 7, 2013 at 12:51 am

Ok, now I know what you mean Thank you Jill.

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4 Judy @Savoring Today August 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

Back in the day when I would buy a candy bar, Mounds were my favorite. This recipe would satisfy any reminiscing I might want to do. :)

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5 Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity August 5, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I love these kinds of treats! We make homemade Lara Bars, but these look decadent! I’d love for you to share this over at Homemade Mondays!
http://beingfrugalbychoice.blogspot.com/2013/08/homemade-mondays-week-40.html

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6 Heather @Gluten-Free Cat August 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

And these would be perfect for Raw Foods Thursdays too! Just sayin… ;)

http://www.glutenfreecat.com/2013/08/raw-foods-thursdays-8713/

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7 April @ The 21st Century Housewife August 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

I have just discovered that my local health food store finally stocks coconut oil. It’s been a long time coming here in the UK!

Your double chocolate coconut bites look absolutely scrumptious – really rich and delicious. It’s lovely when something this wholesome is such a treat!

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