I love chocolate. Occasionally you meet the odd person in life who says, “I’m not really a huge chocolate person.”
I’m not one of them.
I also love that something so sweet and delicious has many health benefits but sadly, much of the chocolate we see in stores today is over-processed, laden with sugar and trans fats and does our bodies more harm than good.
Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, the dried and fermented seeds of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) a small evergreen tree which thrives in tropical climates.
The Cacao bean is incredibly rich in antioxidant flavonoids, healthy fats, carbohydrates, protein, polyphenols (resveratrol), minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, iron, zinc and potassium, oleic acid which is a heart-healthy essential monounsaturated fat, fiber and vitamins E, B2, B1, B5, B3 and B9. So clearly, when chosen well, chocolate can be a wonderful source of nutrients in a well-balanced diet.
I’m not one who believes in total restriction or deprivation, but I generally avoid regular milk chocolate and opt for organic dark chocolate whenever we have chocolate in my house. However, the caffeine content in dark chocolate is quite high (too much for my toddler, and myself after noon!), so these easy-to-make treats can satisfy that chocolate craving without all the nasties that come with processed chocolate. I added blueberries simply to increase the antioxidant value and because it helps the texture without affecting the taste.
These chocolate treats are ideal for children as they contain no nasties and are full of superfood nutrients, from antioxidant blueberries and cacao, to healthy fat in coconut oil and all the natural goodness of honey.
Blueberry Chocolate Coconut Truffles
- 90 grams Organic Coconut Oil
- 40 grams Organic Cacao Powder
- 2 tbsp Raw Honey
- 50 grams Blueberries
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Melt the coconut oil and honey in a pot over low heat. Stir well.
- Add blueberries and cacao powder and blend with a hand blender until smooth.
- Ladle the mix into a mini square silicone molds and sprinkle sea salt on top. Place in the freezer to set for about 30 minutes. Remove from the mold and enjoy!
You can also download this recipe here – blueberry-chocolate-coconut-treats.