Paleo Coconut Chocolate Fudge
I know...you've probably seen millions of 'healthy chocolate' recipes. But how many have you seen with coconut mixed in for extra texture, crunch, flavor and health? Topped with goji berries? Filled with brain-enhancing fats? Takes under 5 minutes to prepare with 2 main ingredients? Right. Well read on!
Paleo desserts can be a hard thing to master. Let me rephrase that. Non sugar-laden, processed, grain-based desserts can be a hard thing to master. Almond flour is too expensive, coconut flour absorbs too much water and can be hard to get the consistency right. All the ingredients are hard to find, also expensive, or just plain weird. Well, weird to the normal person. Fabulous to me.
This chocolate, however, is different. Its easy -- no weird flours to mess with. Its not expensive --well if you're treating yourself to good quality cacao powder and coconut oil it may be a bit steeper. And its not weird. Its chocolate. Or fudge, whatever you want to call it...
Side Note: Since I love superfoods, it shouldn't be a suprise that I try to include one in anything I make. Here, the chocolate IS the superfood. I've always grown up knowing that chocolate makes you happier, and if you're in a rough mood a little piece will always make you feel better. Its true. Apparently cacao is rich in a molecule that induces emotional bliss called anandamide. I dig that. It also has other mood enhancing and hormone balancing effects on the brain. Its full of healthy fats (can you tell yet they're my fave?) and antioxidants that will get your skin, hair, nails and mood POPPIN'. So now that you know what cacao does, get your ingredients and whip this up!
So here's how to do it:
1/2 cup extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil
1/2 cup organic cacao powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Splash of leftover coffee
1/4-1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Goji berries, more coconut, nuts, seeds (whatever you want) to top it off.
1. Place coconut oil and cacao in a small saucepan over medium heat until the coconut oil is completely melted.
2. Remove pan from heat -- you can keep it in the saucepan.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the toppings) and combine until all coconut shreds are mixed into the chocolate. Keep stirring until the coconut oil has slightly slightly started to reharden. It doesn't have to be hard, just slightly thicker than the melted coconut oil.
4. Line a small glass baking dish with parchment paper and pour the mixture over the paper. It should be viscous enough to not completely spread thing, but the thickness is your choice.
5. Top with goji berries and more shredded coconut or whatever you'd like, and place the dish in the freezer.
6. After about 30 minutes or so, take out the chocolate and use your hands to break it into large chunks!
7. You can store your chocolate in a bag or container in the freezer for optimal consistency, as the coconut oil tends to soften when left out too long. Enjoy!!!
P.S. If you're not sure if you should be having chocolate as a little afternoon snack, this article will be sure to assure you that you can :)