I used to think making chocolate was for professionals and grandmas in the know, but clearly I was wrong. Turns out anyone can “make” chocolate, especially if that means melting down previously made chocolate (i.e. chips, bar) and then reshaping it, maybe throwing a filling in the middle.
It was pretty easy, which was fortunate since I made them while holding Little Guy. You should see my left bicep. It’s huge. But more exciting to see are these homemade chocolate candies.
The official name is Chocolate Coconut Truffles, coined by my fancy-pants husband. I thought about calling them Mini Mounds Bar knock-offs, but his sounds cooler. Also, these are way better for you than any over the counter artificial-flavor-jammed candy bar. The ingredients are few and simple. You may already have everything you need to make them. If so, get to it. You won’t regret it.
Don’t like coconut? Then fill it with something else. Jam, almond butter, dried cherries. My husband claimed not to like coconut in sweets, but then he tried these and well, he changed his mind. Maybe you will too. If not, you’re in good company. Bunky can’t stand anything coconut. (How is she my kid?) And she was not pleased when she spotted the last couple of these on the counter last night. Maybe I’ll make her some solid ones. The kid just doesn’t like fillings in chocolate. Seems unnatural, doesn’t it? Oh well. More for me.
Chocolate Coconut Truffles
This recipe was adapted from Tasty Yummies very yummy looking Dark Chocolate Coconut Treats.
- 2 cups coconut flakes or shredded, unsweetened
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (for the filling) + 2 teaspoons divided (for the chocolate)
- 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, divided in half
1. In a food processor, blend the coconut flakes until in tiny pieces. (If using shredded this may not be necessary.) Then add 1/3 cup of coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Whirl until combined. Set aside.
Note: The coconut filling will not be entirely smooth and the color will have a tan hue because of the maple syrup. But don’t be alarmed. It tastes awesome. And it’s not maple syrupy at all. Just a nice sweet flavor. I tried to give some to Little Guy, but he refused. His loss, though, my gain. Did I mention this candy is for me?
2. Then take 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and melt in 30 second intervals in the microwave. Check every 30 seconds and stir. Mine took under 90 seconds total. Then add 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil. Stir to combine. Add a bit more coconut oil if the chocolate seems too thick.
Using a teaspoon scoop a bit of chocolate into each compartment. I used one of those flexible ice cube trays from Ikea in the shape of small flowers. You could also use mini cupcake wrappers if you don’t have a tray like this.
I used my fingers to spread the chocolate around. Don’t judge. You could also use a paintbrush (just for baking) and paint it in. Then pop it in the freezer until the chocolate hardens, about 5-10 minutes.
3. Using a teaspoon, scoop a small mound of coconut filling into the center of each chocolate filled mold.
4. Melt the other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave, 30 second intervals. Add another teaspoon of coconut oil to thin it out a bit. Then dollop chocolate on top.
Looks messy, I know, but I was holding a baby the entire time. Then smooth it out with a spatula and stick it in the freezer for another 10 minutes.
Carefully pop them out of the molds, and then try not to eat all of them at once.
This recipe makes 16 of those mini candies using my mold. I had a small bowl of leftover coconut puree and decided to do something different the next day…
I used a mini muffin tin and pressed a teaspoon (or so) of coconut puree into the bottom of each well, then froze it for about 20 minutes. I melted some chocolate down with a teaspoon of coconut oil, poured it on top, then froze again until hardened. It filled 11 out of 12 muffin tin molds. Using a butter knife, I popped each sucker out. They come out rather easily.
Too easily, perhaps. We ALL ate them. You read that correctly! Bunky couldn’t resist the lure (and aroma) of chocolate, so she tried one and, surprise, surprise, liked it.
So much for having these all to myself! But I have to admit, it makes me happy to share. Not to mention it keeps me from being a total pig.
I’m happy to have shared this post at the Gluten-Free Friday’s link up party hosted by Vegetarian Mamma. Click the link to find more great GF recipes!
It’s also posted on One Creative Weekend, hosted by One Creative Mommy, and Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, and Green Thickies’ Healthy Vegan Fridays. * Please note, that the recipes on these three link-ups will NOT all be gluten free, so be sure to read carefully.
OMGosh 😀 I can’t wait to make these YUMMY!
Thanks Angie! They are dangerously delicious 🙂
I found a similar recipe this week for an almond joy-type treat, but the post was removed or taken down before I could make it. So thank you thank you thank you for posting this! I know my husband will be happy to have me make some this weekend for him. 🙂
Hi Amy, I’m so glad you found me and the recipe! It’s SO good and super easy. Way easier when you’re not holding a baby (at least not in your arms, ha!). I hope you and your husband enjoy them. I’m about to make more…
I love the IKEA molds for candy! Those look sooo good!
Thanks Sarah! Those little trays are so awesome. Makes me want to go back to Ikea for more!
These look amazing! I love easy homemade candy. And now I want to go to Ikea for those ice cube trays.
Thanks Annemarie! We ate them up so fast. Then I made more using the leftover “batter” by scooping it into mini muffin tins and covering them with melted chocolate. Will update the post about it soon because it came out so good!
Gosh Dana, what’s with the photos?? Awesome!
Ha! Thanks so much Kristine, I think it was mainly luck, due to a moment of decent light in my normally dim first floor apartment and the innate gorgeousness of those candies 🙂 I’m taking the pictures on Bunky’s art desk, so if you look closely you can see tiny paint splatter marks on the wall! It is so nice, though, when photos come out. Yours always are so gorgeous and full of light!
..I don’t know what I’m doing half the time haha
But in all seriousness, that main photo is stunning! Well done 🙂
Yummy! Adding this to the weekend food festivities 🙂
Thanks so much Michelle! Hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Which reminds me, I need to make more…
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That looks like some SERIOUSLY amazing stuff right there YUM!
Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂
Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!
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Thanks so much Cindy! I’ll see you this week at the link up. Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day 🙂
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These are so cute! As a kid, I hated anything coconut, but now that my palate is more refined, I eat it quite a bit. The pairing with the dark chocolate sounds incredible. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
Oh thanks Lauren! Yes, now that I think of it, I didn’t love coconut as a kid (can’t really count Mounds and Almond Joys as coconut since it’s jacked up with so much sugar), but I think it’s growing on her. And it makes me feel good that she’s eating a healthier version of it. I think I’m about ready for another batch 🙂
Oh yum, I’m drooling just looking at these truffles!
I would love it if you shared this with Healthy Vegan Fridays, a blog hop co-hosted by 3 bloggers. I’m sure our readers would really enjoy this. You can submit a post from Friday to end of Tuesday:
Oh, thank you so much Katherine! I just saw this comment as it somehow was hiding my spam. I will definitely share with your readers for this or the next Healthy Vegan Fridays. Thanks for asking me along 🙂
Waw! These look amazing, tasty & special too! 🙂 Yummy! I can’t wait to make them!
Thanks so much Sophie! I’m glad you found me. I just checked out your blog and the recipes look really delish. I may try to convert a few to GF, like those gooey cranberry brownies, yum.
I also have a GF category when I lived Gf for about 1 year! I have 173 recipes under it!
OH, cool! Thanks for letting me know. I’ll definitely check it out 🙂
Dana, these look absolutely delicious. Who could resist them?
Aw, thanks so much! 🙂
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These look dangerously good!
It’s true, they are! Gone in minutes, or seconds if you’re me 🙂
I really want to make these…chocolate and coconut are one of my favorites. I’m just afraid that I will end up eating them all.
Thanks Jenny! They are SO good, in fact, I’ve had a request from my family to make more. They go VERY fast, be careful 🙂
Yum, these look absolutely decadent! What cute little chocolate moulds as well 🙂 X
Thanks so much Niki! Love your blog, btw 🙂