Did you know?
Coconut oil helps burn fat!
It promotes thermogenesis — the mechanism by which our bodies burn calories and convert them into heat. You can harness that metabolism-boosting power with these simple 4-ingredient chocolate coconut candies.
One of the easiest candies you’ll ever make, coconut candy takes mere minutes. No boiling or candy thermometer necessary… and no sugar, either! This helps stabilize blood sugar while enjoying the goodness of chocolate. If you're a Trim Healthy Mama, you probably recognize this as Skinny Chocolate!
While you certainly can get more elaborate than just 4 ingredient chocolates, sometimes simple is best, right? Simple to prepare with few ingredients means you can get your chocolate on in no time.
4-Ingredient THM Chocolate Coconut Candy (easy keto fat bombs!)
Did you know? Coconut oil helps burn fat! Let's harness that metabolism-boosting power by making 4-ingredient chocolate coconut candy! Although you can deck these easy fat bombs out with all sorts of sweet treats (honey, dried fruit, cacao nibs), the basic recipe is perfect for keto and low carb lifestyles. It's sweetened with stevia, completely sugar-free, and no bake! Whip up a batch in 10 minutes flat and you won't have to rely on store bought desserts ever again!
Gently melt coconut oil in a double boiler or in a heat-safe bowl over a pan of boiling water. I often melt small amounts of coconut oil right in my stainless steel measuring cups on my electric stove burner.
Once melted (it's okay if there are still a few lumps), remove bowl of coconut oil from heat and add cocoa powder, vanilla, sweetener, and salt.
Whisk together until cocoa powder is completely incorporated into the oil.
Taste for sweetness, adjusting if necessary.
Choose your mold: either a small cookie sheet or baking pan, silicone candy molds, or silicone muffin liners.
If using candy molds or muffin liners, add optional add-ins (see below) then evenly divide chocolate mixture among all the molds. If using a cookie sheet or other flat surface pour the chocolate mixture into the pan then evenly sprinkle the add-ins over the chocolate.
Let harden in the refrigerator, freezer, or outside (in the winter). This will take about 15 to 20 minutes in the freezer, or up to 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Remove the candies from molds. If using a cookie sheet, this means breaking the chocolate candy into smaller pieces.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Coconut oil-based candy melts easily, so if you'd like to pack them for an on-the-go snack or treat, keep them cool in an insulted lunch tote with ice pack.
*This recipe will make approximately 24 candies in mini silicone muffin liners. Your yield will vary according to the molds you use and how full you fill them.
*For Trim Healthy Mamas: When adding dehydrated fruits keep plan guidelines in mind. Berries are fine with S foods, but any other fruits would make the candy a big Crossover/off plan since dried fruits are not encouraged on plan. Adding nuts, fruits, or dairy will make these candies not suitable for Deep S (or Keto). The basic recipe is great for Deep S and Keto, however. Use stevia, xylitol, or erythritol (or a combination) to sweeten. Occasional use of honey or maple syrup is OK in maintenance mode or if you rarely eat sweets. If struggling with weight loss avoid using these sweeteners.
*Grind any granulated sweeteners into a fine powder first to prevent grainy or gritty texture.
Optional Add-Ins For Your Chocolate Coconut Candies
The basic chocolate coconut oil candy recipe perfectly satisfies a chocolate craving any time. I’ve also found it helpful when I’m feeling cold (thank you, thermogenesis).
Want something a little more? No problem! Add some simple, healthy ingredients to your basic recipe. This transforms that basic chocolate into something special. Just keep in mind that certain add-ins (dried fruit, nuts, dairy) will make this recipe no longer suitable for Deep S or Keto.
Try these ideas:
- crispy nuts or seeds – read how to make them here
- nut butters
- coconut flakes
- cacao nibs
- dehydrated blueberries (other fruits can work too, but if doing THM keep plan guidelines in mind) – how to dehydrate plus 3 more ways to preserve blueberries
- raw cream for a milk chocolate coconut oil candy
- spicy cayenne pepper or chili flakes (also great for revving metabolism)
- homemade peppermint extract
- essential oils that are safe for consumption – the high-fat nature of these candies is perfect for this!
What About Sweeteners?
Following Trim Healthy Mama or another low-glycemic lifestyle? You’ll want to use a healthy, natural sweetener like stevia.
Sugar alcohols such as xylitol or erythritol are also suitable. However, you may want to powder these sweeteners first by using a coffee or spice grinder, or mortar and pestle. This helps avoid a gritty or grainy texture. I personally don’t mind the crunch (and it’s one less step in the process 😉 ). Not sure if xylitol and eryithritol are safe? Read what Wardee has to say in this post.
Not following a low-glycemic lifestyle? Then there's no need to use stevia or sugar alcohols! You can sweeten your chocolate coconut candy with honey, maple syrup, or coconut syrup. Sucanat may also work but you’ll definitely want to grind that into a powder. Additionally, if you're a THM and rarely eat sweets, feel free to enjoy a bit of honey-sweetened chocolate on occasion. Struggling with weight loss? Avoid using these natural, high-glycemic sweeteners.
Now you see how easy it is to make your own healthy candy! Keep them on hand at all times. You never know when a sudden craving for chocolate might hit!
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