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Sweet Treats without the Guilt

Posted by Melissa on Mar 14, 2014

I'm on my way to visit my family this weekend and am very excited to make some delicious desserts with my niece and nephew. It's also a bit of a pre-birthday celebration for my mom!

cookingYears ago, I made my mom a delicious dessert of Flourless Chocolate Cake with Coconut Buttercream. While that dessert was amazing and my mom loved it, I think it might be a bit too much too work for my niece. So I have another idea in mind: one with less parts, is easy to put together, and no baking necessary! Another reason that I really adore this dessert is that it falls in the guiltless category. These little treats are also gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free. You can make them with virtually no sugar, and they still taste amazing!

Coconut Chocolate Treats

In a large mixing bowl add:

1 cup sunflower butter (smooth or chunky)
1 cup softened coconut oil

Mix these together until smooth and then add:

1 cup dutch processed cocoa powder. This will thicken the mix, so don't worry when it gets a little stiff.

After the cocoa is mixed in well, add:

3 T maple syrup or agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix well and then fold in:

1/2 - 1 cup shredded coconut (I like to save some to sprinkle on top.)

nieceYou can pour the mixture into muffin tins filling them a third to half way (it might not look like a lot but they are really rich) or onto a lined cookie sheet to make a bark. Place the tins or tray in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, and then they are ready to enjoy. It's best to keep these treats in the freezer so they don't melt on you.

I can't wait to see what my niece and nephew think! If you try this recipe, share your thoughts with me here. too.

Topics: sugar, coconut, buttercream, chocolate, recipe, gluten-free, dessert

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