These may be GAPS, but everyone loves them. What I mean is, don’t let the GAPS scare you. Sometimes I think the reaction to GAPS is that because it’s restrictive it must be lacking. Maybe sometimes, but not usually so. GAPS foods are delicious. And this honey candy is especially!
This is a variation of the Coconut-Honey Candy I shared last Easter. These are more Christmas-y with the mint.
I took this candy to a Christmas potluck. The days leading up to the potluck had been really busy and I woke up that morning thinking I needed to come up with a super easy dessert or I wouldn’t be taking anything at all. And literally 15 minutes later, this was in the fridge chilling.
Walnut-Mint Chocolate Honey Candy
This is a variation of my Coconut-Honey Candy. These are more Christmas-y with the mint.
Speaking of variations, here's another dark chocolate cherry variation from Katy (Mama's Candy, she calls it) that you definitely gotta try.
- 1/2 cup raw honey scant
- 1 cup coconut butter *
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder could omit for a non-cocoa candy
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped, preferably soaked and dehydrated
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut optional
Heat honey in a saucepan over medium heat until it boils.
While stirring constantly, boil for two minutes.
Remove from heat.
Add coconut butter, cocoa powder, and extracts.
The heat from the honey will melt the coconut butter.
Stir until smooth.
Add chopped walnuts and coconut (if using).
Press into a parchment paper lined 8" square cake pan.
You might see liquid pooling on top of the mixture.
Leave it there or pour it off as you desire. (This liquid is water or oil from the coconut butter.)
Chill for 30 minutes.
Pop out of pan.
Peel off parchment paper.
Cut into strips and then cut the strips into squares.
Put in a refrigerator dish with lid.
Store in refrigerator. They are especially yummy served cold, but hold up well at room temperature too (getting a little softer).
*Coconut butter is the pureed meat of the coconut. It is not coconut oil. It can be pricey. You could try substituting natural almond butter or peanut butter, though I think the candy will end up softer overall.
You can also make your own homemade coconut butter from shredded coconut, however I'd suggest adding coconut oil to make up for the shredded coconut having been defatted.
So… give them a try and let me know what you think!
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By the way, the GAPS series series will be concluding soon. I and the other authors have a few more things to share and then we’ll be wrapping it up. If you’d like us to cover anything else special in the next month or so, speak up now. 🙂 I still plan to share recipes and occasional GAPS info, but not dedicated each Wednesday. As I have since May??? Where does the time go??? 😉
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Karen Laurvick via Facebook says
i can dig a walnut “treat”…..almonds…not so much
Krystal Caddow-Levine via Facebook says
Coconut oil works great if you like more of a chocolate bark texture, butter makes it softer like fudge.
Teresa Greer says
My daughter, Melodi, is going to use this,,, but vary on some ingredients, like the coconut meat???
She is making a present for her work party gift exchange…will let you know how it turns out & how much they rave about it!!! 🙂
Really enjoy all your ideas & e-mails!
Happy Holidays & many more!!!!
Carol Adams via Facebook says
Last week I made your Honey Coconut Candy with Sunbutter instead of Coconut butter. It was delicious!
Jenny Linnemann says
Thanks for sharing that! That’s exactly what I will do.
Heather Curran via Facebook says
I will be making these!!
Annie Dru says
Good gracious! Honey should never be heated, let alone boiled! Doing so denatures this perfect, healing food, and turns it into something even less health promoting that white sugar. Try heating the coconut butter and allowing it to heat the honey ever so slightly (:
Braven Raven says
Annie Dru is right ladies. Do not heat honey…not even in tea.
Bee hives get to up to about 110F. Honey has to be heated to a hotter degree than that to denature, somewhere around 130F. Stores heat theirs to 180F or so.
Has anyone tried this with heating the coconut oil/butter first INSTEAD of the honey?
Curious if it worked the same…
Wardee Harmon says
Jayleen — Because this is a “candy” the honey must be boiled to get the chewy texture — and also so it can sit out for a few hours at room temperature without totally losing it. Of course, it’s not ideal. 🙂
I made something similar where I dumped a whole jar of softened coconut butter into a bowl and mixed it a combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and just a few chocolate chips. I didn’t bother with any added ingredients. It firmed up just fine (though I did keep it in the fridge). I wanted a snack that would be sugar-free and good for me. I also was just trying to use up my coconut butter that had sat on my shelf a little too long. I was surprised to see how much my family and some of my friends like it. They were surprised that I was surprised.
My honey did not thicken up and become chewy? And we didnt love this recipe, I definitely would have preferred to use these expensive ingredients in different recipe’s that we would have actually enjoyed :/
Laurie Geter says
Just made this! I used coconut OIL, plus 1 Tb coconut flour to account for the difference in texture between coconut butter and coconut oil. I also used orange essential oil instead of peppermint extract. Very yummy.
One commenter said she used 1 cup coconut oil with a Tbsp of coconut flour mixed in instead of the coconut butter. I used 1/2 cup of coconut butter, 1/2 cup of coconut oil (melted), 1/2 Tbsp coconut flour in place of the 1 cup coconut butter & had great successes. It turned out great & is very yummy…if you like the taste of coconut 🙂