I LOVE chocolate. I used to love milk chocolate. Not anymore….I still remember days when I was teenager and I could eat 200-300g of chocolate in one sit. Seriously…I liked it that much…But, since I went paleo, I find it difficult to find chocolate that would not have soya lecithin in it and it is impossible to find chocolate without sugar. Well, in best case scenario you get chocolate with cane sugar and no soya lecithin and it might be pricey 🙂 But I prefer not to have sugar at all, so I prefer to make desserts by myself and explore different ways to enjoy it while making desserts with 100% cocoa. I love richness of chocolate and I think I couldn’t live without it, but the sweetness was replaced by bitterness. That’s where the problem lies is making desserts, because Keven is sugar fan. So, this weekend for me was chocolate dessert weekend…I almost always make desserts on weekends to have what to enjoy during the week 🙂
This weekend I made paleo candies, sun butter chocolate fudge and sweet potato chocolate brownies. Actually, brownies are still in the oven, so pictures for all desserts will follow. My favourite easy to make dessert that I must have in freezer is pale candies. So easy to make and I started to separate now in a half. First half I make almost unsweetened (for me) and second half triple sweetened (for Keven). The good thing about these candies is that you can mix in whatever I want. Sometimes I make them only with coconut flakes, sometimes make half nuts and half coconut flakes, sometimes I add a little bit of nuts. The one that is in recipe has maybe 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and rest is coconut flakes, so experiment to find the best combination for you. I like this recipe because it doesn’t have as much of coconut oil and/or almond butter. I love both, but I also love to have something not that expensive to make, so these candies are good budget solution 🙂
Paleo Chocolate Bars
- 2-3 Tbs coconut oil (depends on how crunchy you can you bars to be)
- 1/4 cup 100% cocoa
- 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (if not just replace them by shredded coconut)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 Tbs raw honey (add more if you want it sweeter)
- parchment paper or pyrex
Then comes the easiest part. Over medium heat in small saucepan heat oil and honey until melted. Add cocoa, nuts and coconut and mix everything. Pour the mixture on a parchment paper or in a pyrex and form a square. Put in a freezer until set. Cut into desired sizes. Enjoy! I keep them in a freezer not to eat all at once. It is easier if you don’t see it, because it would be gone much faster 🙂
I found this recipe through Dessert Stalker and I chose to make it, because it did not relied heavily on either butter or coconut oil. Plus it offered to make your own sun butter (which I did, but I think I toasted seeds a bit too much, so my fudge has some little taste of burn….oh well…next time it will be perfect). Whether you choose to make your own sun butter or not, it is up to you, I think you will be satisfied with result. It is really nice and filling dessert (adopted from Erin).
- 2oz 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate (if you don’t have, just replace by 1/3 cup of cacao)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup organic sun butter (or make your own sunflower butter)
- 3 Tbsp Maple syrup (or any other your preferred natural sweetener)
- 6 drops stevia (I think next time I will not put stevia and maybe just add 1 tbsp of honey)
Over medium heat mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan until well combined. Pour into bread pan and freeze until set. Cut into desirable sizes and enjoy. What is good about this recipe that you can replace sun butter by any other nut or seed butter and have a great result, because the taste is really rich and I love the idea of using coconut milk instead of oil.
Last recipe came from my favourite dessert maker Juli 🙂 Needless to say it is really yummy, though less yummy than sweet potato pie 🙂 Anyways, when you have sweet potatoes around, very well worth to make.
Sweet Potato Brownies
- 1 sweet potato
- 3 eggs, whisked (I used 1 whole egg and 1/2 cup of egg whites)
- 1/4 cup melted Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup unpasteurized honey
- 1/4 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 3 tbsp Coconut Flour
- 2 tbsp 100% cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
Bake potato on 425F for around 30mins. or until soft. Then reduce heat to 350F for brownies. Peel and mash sweet potato. Add coconut oil, eggs, honey and vanilla. Mix well. Add dry ingredients: cocoa, baking soda, coconut flour, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips. Mix all well. Pour into 8×8 or similar size pyrex and bake for 30-40mins. Cut into squares.
I served it with coconut ice cream and blueberries. Super nice 🙂
So, these are my treats for a week 🙂 I know that it might seem a lot, but brownies will be gone tomorrow and fudge will last a bit longer as it has burned sunflower seed taste :)))