For the past few months, I have been enjoying coconut chocolate bars from Pret-a-Manger, one of the very few treats on the high street that I can eat. Yet, I always thought, looking at the list of ingredients, that they must be quite easy to make. So I went looking on the internet... And you find dozens of recipes, most with copious amounts of sugar and dairy.
So as ever, I looked for "paleo" recipes and I found a recipe on this lovely blog: www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com
These chocolate bars are so delicious, my son came running home from school, into the kitchen asked for one and was thoroughly disappointed when I informed him I had had the last one that afternoon...
Whilst they feel very indulgent, they are actually quite healthy (if you don't over do it) and most importantly, are really easy to make, with a few ingredients - which is the key... anything too complicated and it doesn't get made again.
So here how it goes:
For the bars
- 1 cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp liquid sweetener (maple syrup, honey or coconut nectar) - this is a lot less than the original recipe, which I found too sweet
- 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil (at room temperature)
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)
- a pinch of salt (optional - but lovely if you like salty sweetness!)
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend it for 15-20 secs until all ingredients are blended together. It should not be a smooth paste, it's should retain the texture of shredded coconut.
Make small patties out of the mixture and put in the freezer for min 30 mins (I left them overnight and it was fine)
For the chocolate coating
- dark chocolate (ideally min 70% and soy free)
- 1 tsp of coconut oil
Melt the chocolate and add the coconut oil (to make the chocolate smoother). Dip the patties into the chocolate and reserve on a plate. Put in the fridge or freezer to harden.
IIN qualified health coach, foodie, mum of 2, wife of 1, ex corporate advertising executive, RA warrior