Monday, December 7, 2009
Coconut Bark Chocolates
I used the standard recipes for Coconut Bark to make some delicious little chocolates. They set up nicely in a silicon baking mold. Unlike candy molds, this can be used for baking as well. That makes it a better deal. My mold is from Wilton, and we picked it up at Walmart in the after Christmas sale last year. So far, I am delighted!
I made two different recipes. The darker ones, the mittens and the gingerbread men, are made with dark cocoa powder. I used raspberry DaVinci syrup for flavoring too. The have a light fruit flavor with the more intense dark chocolate flavor. The lighter color, the trees, are chocolate peanut butter. They use regular cocoa and powdered peanut butter. Both are really yummy.
Dark Chocolate Coconut Candies
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 Tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup raspberry DaVinci sugarfree syrup
stevia to taste
Melt coconut oil in microwave. Stir in remaining ingredients. Add powdered stevia to taste. (I used 3 of the tiny scoops that came with my stevia powder) Pour into molds and freeze. Remove from mold and store in the freezer. Must be eaten cold.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Candies
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
sweetener equivalent to 1/4 cup Splenda a touch of stevia to taste
Melt coconut oil. Add remaining ingredients, adjusting stevia or other sweetener to taste. Pour into a candy mold and freeze. Remove from forms and store in the the freezer. Must be eaten cold.
These are both really flavorful. They will keep you from feeling deprived when everyone else is diving into the cookies and candies. Play with the flavorings to give you some variety. If you don't have candy molds, you can always make regular chocolate bark by pouring the mixture into a foil lined pan. Freeze that, then remove foil and break the candy into chunks.
My only complaint, besides the difficulty of practicing portion control, is that these have to be kept cold to keep from getting too messy. I would love to be able to pack them in a lunch box or take them to a party. Oh well, I guess I can't ask for everything!