Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chocolate Covered Coconut Bites aka mini-Mounds!

Well, with Halloween just around the corner, I am sure that lurking in every corner are all those candy treats... but instead of including in those unhealthy, full of who knows what :/ 
So how about making your own delightful mini-Mound bites at home with all natural and healthy ingredients. I must admit, Mounds bars are my absolute favorite candy bar, no doubt about it! But have you looked at the calories are listed ingredients-- yikes! So when making this I was floored that it tasted just like it without all that junk. These bites are quick easy, and most important delicious! 
I only made a batch of 6, but you can easily, double, or triple this recipe-- stock some up in the freezer for that moment when you need a little nibble of sweet, this indeed will do the trick of satisfying that sweet tooth! And you could go even further to add a an almond on top to make it that Mounds of Joy.

Chocolate Covered Coconut Bites: (makes 6)
1 cup coconut*
1/4 cup liquid sweetener*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoon melted dark chocolate
1 tablespoon milk or coconut oil (optional)

In a food processor, combine coconut, agave, and vanilla and pulse until well combined and clumps all together. With a tablespoon, pack it full with the mixture and place on a lined (Parchment paper) baking sheet, until all the mix is gone. Let cool in the refrigerator or freezer for about 15 minutes. Place chocolate in a microwave and warm up in small timed increments  watching carefully not to burn such a little amount. Add milk if desired, I used it to make mine a more thin consistency  its up to you. Remove the pan from the fridge and begin coating with chocolate with a spoon or brush, however you prefer. Place back in the fridge until ready to serve as they will melt a little. Note: you can mix coconut oil in with the chocolate, maybe a tablespoon, which will give the chocolate coating a thicker and more durable coating. You will most likely have leftover chocolate sauce, so maybe scoop yourself some ice cream and drizzle it on top ;)
* You want the mixture to be pretty thick & easily spoon-able, like pictured below. If that's not the case add more coconut or syrup to achieve a good consistency.
* Originally I used Agave in this recipe, but it was brought to my attention that there has been research concerning Agave and its health risks and well not being all it has been hyped up to be, so as a better choice  use an all natural/organic honey, maple or fruit syrup.

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