We're coming up on Easter, when we're sure to be surrounded by heavily-sweetened, white-sugar laden, conventional treats. Here's a whole food treat you can make instead! It is perhaps a wee bit on the sweet side, but that can be a good thing on a special occasion, I think. 🙂
Watch me make this treat in the video above. Below is the print recipe.
I came up with this candy recipe after trying out these really yummy paleo no-bake cookies from The Unrefined Kitchen. Boiling the honey for two minutes sets it up like candy, and then I kept tweaking the recipe to create these chewy little candies. I know you'll love them.
- 1/2 cup honey (scant)
- 1 cup coconut butter*
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (could omit for a non-cocoa candy)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (omit if you prefer a smooth candy)
Heat honey in a saucepan over medium heat until it boils. While stirring constantly, boil for two minutes. Remove from heat. Add coconut butter, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Stir. The heat from the honey will melt the coconut butter. Stir until smooth. Add coconut. Stir well.
Press into a parchment paper lined 8″ square cake pan. You might see liquid pooling on top of the mixture. Leave it there or pour it off as you desire. (This liquid is water or oil from the coconut butter.)
Chill for 30 minutes. Pop out of pan. Peel off parchment paper. Cut into strips and then cut the strips into squares. Put in a refrigerator dish with lid. Store in refrigerator. They are especially yummy served cold, but hold up well at room temperature too (getting a little softer).
*Coconut butter is the pureed meat of the coconut. It is not coconut oil. It can be pricey. You could try substituting natural almond butter or peanut butter, though I think the candy will end up softer overall. If you try this, please come back and comment with your results! You can also make your own homemade coconut butter from shredded coconut, however I'd suggest adding coconut oil to make up for the shredded coconut having been defatted.
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