Easter egg alternative – chocolate the healthy way!
Have you decided that conventional chocolate isn’t what you want this year for you or your children? This could be a great alternative, and dispels some of the comments from well-meaning family and friends that you are meanly depriving your children of treats! (And if you choose to give your kids free reign for a day with as much regular chocolate eggs as they can fit in, that’s ok too!) This is super easy and quick.
Here’s what we are doing this year.
½ cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons sweetner (honey | maple syrup | pear juice concentrate | rice malt syrup)
2 – 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder (depending how dark and rich you want it)
Touch of vanilla (natural vanilla essence |vanilla bean paste)
Tiny pinch himalayan salt
Heat oil in saucepan til just melted, don’t let it boil.
Remove from heat and add other ingredients. Mix thoroughly for 20 seconds ideally with a whisk. Return to heat and whisk moderately fast (but safely) to ensure all ingredients are melted and mixed in.
Pour immediately into silicone moulds/ silicone ice trays (its pretty runny, I made a bit of a mess!). Place in freezer for an hour. Enjoy.
Sweetener works best if it’s liquid | Regular cocoa powder is fine to use too, it will be a less intense dark flavor | Cacao butter can also be used in place of coconut oil to make a firmer chocolate that doesn’t melt so quickly out of the fridge and avoids the coconuty flavor. It takes longer to melt down than coconut oil when making the chocolate | Regular plastic ice cube trays don’t work so well. Try patty pans or making flat chocolate on baking paper lined trays if you don’t have silicone. Even better if you have purpose made easter chocolate moulds | If using honey and you haven’t quite heated and mixed it in well enough it will pool at the bottom of the moulds. This is actually a cool caramely type topping to your chocolates so don’t worry!
- Don’t have vanilla, just leave it out.
- Regular salt or leaving it out will also work.
- Add a drop of food grade peppermint essential oil (JUST ONE DROP).
- Add nuts, seeds, dried fruit or fresh fruit just before you pour it into moulds.
- Lay any of the above additions on a small tray lined with baking paper and pour the chocolate over the top for a block of deliciousness.
Many more options for making awesome healthy Easter treats. Have a great suggestion or recipe? … leave a comment below.