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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Paleo Dark Chocolate Cups {with Nuts and Dried Fruit}... Yum!

If you have a taste for some chocolate but would love to continue eating clean, this is a great way to go! Our whole family has really been enjoying these Dark Chocolate cups as a special treat or even as a quick pick me up later in the day (chocolate at snack time, yum!) This is a combination of two different ideas that I recently saw online. The first time we made them we used this recipe from Nourish Your Temple. We really like this recipe and have been putting it into paper cupcake liners to cool so they came out looking like Reeses Peanut Butter cups minus the peanut butter (makes it feel extra special :) ). I liked the chocolate on its own but I had been seeing an advertisement around for dark chocolate treats with dried fruit and nuts added in and I kept thinking how pretty they looked and really wanted to try making something like that too. So the next time we made the chocolate we mixed in nuts and fruit to see how it would turn out. It was tasty but not quite as pretty as the ones I'd seen online. So this time I tried just sprinkling the nuts and dried fruit on top after I poured the chocolate into the paper liners and I was really excited about how they turned out! Warning: this is some dark chcolate! If you like it sweeter you could probably add more honey to balance out the strong taste of the cocoa powder. So heres the combination of the Nourish Your Temple chocolate recipe which we love with the add ins, enjoy! Thank you Sam for letting me share this recipe!

Paleo Dark Chocolate Cups {with Nuts and Dried Fruit}

Using Nourish Your Temple Dark Chocolate Recipe plus Additions

  • 5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 6 tablespoons Good Quality Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Raw Honey
  • 12 Paper Cupcake Liners (or you could use mini ones!) 
  • 2 Cups of Raw Whole Almonds
  • 1 Cup Chopped Raw Pecans
  • 1 Cup of halved Dried Cherries (no added sugar if you can find them without) 
1} Melt Your coconut oil in a small - medium saucepan over medium low heat just until oil is melted.
2} Pull the oil off of the heat and mix in your cocoa powder and honey until well combined.
3} Place your paper cupcake liners on a small baking sheet that will fit into your fridge easily. 
4} Use a Tablespoon to scoop and pour your chocolate mixture into the paper cupcake liners.
5} Sprinkle your raw almonds, raw pecans and dried cherries on top of each cup.
6} Cover the whole tray with plastic wrap and place into the fridge to harden. Takes about 15 minutes or so :) good news, you dont have to wait long to taste one :)

Make sure these stay stored in the fridge, they melt VERY quickly due to the coconut oil I believe. These make a really fun treat or even a quick little pick me up! Yum :) hope you guys enjoy them as much as we have! Have a goodnight!

Love, 
Ash 


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