By Lauren Denos: 5/27/2015 (Nutrition)

Maple Pecan Chocolates

I admit I am kind of obsessed with finding ways to make chocolate healthier. If you are a dark chocolate lover and love maple and nuts then this is right up your ally. If you would like to make your chocolates pretty you can get a reusable candy mold for very inexpensive online. The candy molds make these look so professional, but if you do not care about that you can always do this exact same thing but in a mini muffin tin. I have found at times working with this chocolate, that it can start to thicken rather quickly, so work as quickly as you can with the chocolate layers.

Bottom layer

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

  • 3 tbsp coco powder

  • 1/2 tbsp stevia

Steps

  1. In a pan melt the coconut oil

  2. Whisk in the coco powder and remove from heat

  3. Whisk in the stevia and cayenne

  4. Place a small amount, about 1/4 tsp of chocolate in the candy tray or mini muffin tray.

  5. Stick the tray in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

Filling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pecans

  • 1 tsp maple flavoring

  • 1/2 tsp stevia

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Steps

  1. Take the pecans and grind in a coffee grinder or food processor until the nuts are fine and are Starting to stick together a bit.

  2. In a bowl melt the coconut oil.

  3. Add stevia, maple flavoring, and ground pecans to the oil and stir well

  4. Distribute this filling evenly on top of the chocolate layer in the tray, but do not fill too high since you have another layer of chocolate coming. You may have a little filling left over.

Top layer

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

  • 3 tbsp coco powder

  • 1/2 tbsp stevia

  • 1 pinch of cayenne

Steps

  1. In a pan melt the coconut oil

  2. Whisk in the coco powder and remove from heat

  3. Whisk in the stevia and cayenne

  4. Distribute equally on top on the filling layer. If it over fills a little bit you can always trim the excess off later.

  5. Put back into the freezer until set, It usually only take 10 minutes or so.

Keep these in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them. Because of the coconut oil they can melt. If you want to keep them longer then you can also keep them in the freezer and take a few out at a time to keep in the fridge.

Makes about 26 chocolates. They each have about 44 calories each

 





 

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