Have you ever thought of making your own chocolate treats? If you are like most people probably not, as many of us feel intimidated that the process is too hard or complicated. Well, I have some great news; making your own chocolate treats can be super quick and super easy! You can use these wonderful homemade goodies with which to treat yourself and use as mindfully healthy gifts for your loved ones.
In this recipe, I share with you how to make a decadent and creamy white chocolate that is richly infused with coconut pieces. These chocolates are made of easy to get, plant food ingredients, and have our health in mind, as long as we don’t overindulge in them, of course! Aside from some healthy fats, these chocolates also include fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, while being dairy-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free and gluten-free. If you have to be mindful of any nut, peanut, wheat or soy allergies, they are also free of those foods as well. For a dark chocolate version, see this How to Make Chocolate video.
PREPARATION: ~ 10 mins (+ a few hours of chilling time)
SERVING: Makes 14 individual chocolates + 2 traditional chocolate bars (or similar amount depending on type of molds you have)
- 100% Plant-based (Vegan)
- Organic (depending on choice of ingredients)
- Refined sugar-free
- 100 grams / 3.5oz Organic Cacao Butter
- 130 grams / 4.5oz Organic Coconut Butter
- 1 cup Organic Shredded Coconut
- 3 - 4 TBSP Organic Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
- Stove top
- Small pan (sauce pan)
- Measuring Cup
- Firm cookie sheet
- Silicone Molds (1 HIC Heart Silicone Mold and 2 Freshware Traditional Chocolate Bar Silicone Molds or similar silicone molds you may already have on hand)
- Kitchen Scale
- Glass container with lid, or similar (to store your chocolates in)
Weigh out your cacao butter, making it roughly 100g or 3.5oz, and transfer to your sauce pan. Begin to heat on low.
Weigh out your coconut butter, making it roughly 130g or 4.5oz, and transfer to your sauce pan with the cacao butter.
Stir the butters around to help melt them faster and evenly.
Once your 2 butters are fully melted, turn off the heat and remove the pot from the hot surface.
Measure out 1 cup of the dry coconut and stir into the mix.
Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla, until evenly combined.
Place your silicone molds onto the cookie sheet.
Transfer the mixture using a tablespoon into your silicone molds.
Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before removing the chocolates from the molds. Store chocolates in a sealed container, in the refrigerator.
- If you have an electric stove, use low heat to gently melt the butters. If you have a gas stove, use the lowest flame setting possible or use a double boiler method to melt the butters and avoid over-heating or burning them.
- These chocolates must be stored in the refrigerator and can also be frozen. They will keep well for days and weeks.
- You can double or triple the quantities to make larger amounts of chocolates at once.
- If you don’t have a scale, you can use roughly a similar amount of cacao butter to coconut butter, and adjust your maple syrup, vanilla and dry coconut accordingly, to your liking.
- While these chocolates are a form of a healthy treat, they are very high in fat, and should be consumed wisely. A good serving amount to guide yourself by is 1 heart chocolate or 2 chocolate squares, per day, as part of special occasions or occasional treats in your diet.
Meal Health & Nutrition Benefits
Cacao Butter (Fat of the Cacao Bean)
- provides some healthy fats (60% saturated fat to 40% unsaturated fat); is not a source of carbohydrates, fiber, or protein
- provides some antioxidants, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatory benefits
- provides some vitamins, specifically vitamin E, K, and choline
- supports healthy skin and hair; best used as a natural skin moisturizer
- For more information, visit the cacao butter overview from Health Benefits Times
- Health Tips: Choose organic cacao and not cocoa, and avoid consuming large amounts of cacao butter for optimal health and weight.
Coconut (fresh and dry)
- provides healthy fats, protein, some carbohydrates, and fiber
- provides antioxidants, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatory benefits
- provides vitamins, like vitamin C and some B vitamins, including folate and choline
- provides minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, and copper
- supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
- supports healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and iron levels
- can support proper bone health and protects against osteoporosis
- can protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, and other diseases
- For more information, visit the coconut nutrition facts from Nutrition-And-You.com
- Health Tip: Avoid dry coconut that has been sweetened, sulfured, highly processed, or found to contain other additives or preservatives.
- provides mostly simple carbohydrates (sugars) and about 20% fewer calories than honey
- provides antioxidants and phytonutrients
- provides trace amounts of B vitamins
- provides minerals, especially manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, copper, and magnesium
- serves as a good, natural sweetener option, which provides some nutrition and health benefits
- for more info, see the maple syrup overview on organicfacts.net
- provides antioxidants and phytonutrients, like vanilloids, and has anti-inflammatory benefits
- provides some B vitamins
- provides some minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, and magnesium
- supports healing, prevention, and overall health
- supports cardiovascular and nervous system health
- for more information, visit the vanilla overview from Nutrition-and-You.com Tips: Use the vanilla bean directly or choose pure, natural, and organic vanilla extracts. Avoid synthetic vanilla and similar artificial vanilla products.