If you haven’t started your children’s Easter baskets yet, fear not! We have plenty of fun & tasty options that skip the unhealthy candy options that are flooding the stores right now. Crystal shared a list of 30 ideas to get you started!
If you’re looking to indulge a little this Easter but not overdo it, then this recipe will be perfect for you and your little ones. One of my favorite candies as a kid was Almond Joys and Mounds. I loved coconut and still do. Add some chocolate and almonds and I’m in heaven!
Instead of trying to find a premade “healthier” option for treats, I decided to make my own! This past year, I found coconut butter. If you haven’t heard of it, it is this rich and creamy coconutty goodness that you can literally (ok, maybe that’s just me) eat right out of the jar. Coconut butter is made from coconut flesh and is blended until a butter type spread is made (think peanut or almond butter). You can find this online and in grocery stores or you can make your own. For this recipe, I’ll go over how to make your own from unsweetened coconut shreds.
Paleo Chocolate Coconut Bites
-10 oz favorite chocolate bar or chips (I used an unsweetened cacao bar as I’m on a 21 day sugar detox)
-8.8 oz shredded coconut (or 1 cup coconut butter)
-1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
-30 almonds (chop if serving to little ones)
-30 mini candy liners
Add shredded coconut to food processor and blend until a smooth, creamy butter comes out. This should only take a few minutes with one stop and scrap of the bowl. Once smooth, add the almond butter and blend until combined. Take 1 ½ teaspoons of coconut/almond butter and place it into each of the mini candy liners. When finished, place in the refrigerator for the mixture to become firm. Coconut butter (like coconut oil) becomes solid below room temperature. After about 20 minutes of the coconut butter being in the fridge, melt chocolate over double boiler until smooth. You can also do this in the microwave by heating for about 45 seconds. If using the microwave, stop about half way through time and stir. You don’t want to burn the chocolate!
Remove coconut butter filled liners from the fridge and top with 1-2 teaspoons of chocolate depending on your preference. I added about 1 teaspoon as I wanted the coconut flavor to really come out. Top the chocolate (while still warm) with one almond or a sprinkle of chops almonds. *Note: if you or your child cannot have almonds, you can easily replace the almond butter and almonds with peanuts or your favorite nut/nut butter.
Do you have a favorite Easter candy or treat you make your family? I love remaking classics without the junk!