Turns out the Paleo people know what they’re doing.
I’ve been struggling with some tummy troubs for the past few years. So, I’ve been eating a semi-Paleo diet in an attempt to help. And I gotta say, there really is something to it. I mean it makes sense, really. Take out inflammatory foods and add in mega nutrient-dense foods…grass-fed meats, sweet potatoes, all-the-veggies, fruit, coconut, nuts.
I actually kinda love it.
The only thing that gets rough is when everyone around you is digging into dessert and you’re sitting there thinking,“Why am I doing this?” I know why. It’s healing my body. But knowing that doesn’t make it much easier to pass up the chocolate cake.
So, the other day, I took things into my own hands. Bananas are great and all, but a girl needs CHOCOLATE once in awhile.
I got to work creating a dairy-free, refined-sugar-free chocolate that became the base for these Paleo Dark Chocolate Treats. And it actually tastes amazing.
I’m not the biggest fan of dark chocolate. Like it’s fine. But I have to say, something about the coconut sugar and coconut oil softens that bitter bite and leaves you with almost a tangy flavor of sweetness. It’s good stuff you guys.
So now I can enjoy my decadent Dark Chocolate Cashew Butter Cups and Salted Dark Chocolate with Mango…and I can feel GOOD about it, because it makes my body happy, not sick. (Not saying there’s anything wrong with a non-Paleo treat once in awhile. My body just isn’t loving that right now).
I think I’ve created an addiction/obsession for myself because it turns out Paleo dark chocolate treats are dang good.
We used Anthony’s Goods coconut sugar and dried unsweetened mangoes in these treats because we LOVE their products (if you haven’t figured that out yet). We’re actually doing an Anthony’s Goods giveaway on our Instagram right now, so head on over for a chance to win some free deliciousness! Who doesn’t love that? I’ll tell you who. No one.
So Paleo or not, try whipping up a batch of Dark Chocolate Paleo Treats.
Your body (and taste buds) will thank you.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup Anthony's Goods organic coconut sugar
- 3 tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. sea salt + more for topping
- 1/2 cup cashew butter
- 8 oz. liquid Paleo Dark Chocolate
- 1/2 cup Anthony's Goods organic unsweetened dried mangoes
- 4 oz. liquid Paleo Dark Chocolate
- In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil over really low heat. (If it’s not low enough the oil will separate from the cocoa when you mix together.)
- As soon as coconut oil is liquid, remove from the stove and mix in rest of the ingredients.
- Spoon into a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and put in freezer to harden, about 20-30 minutes. Or, use for treats! Recipes below.
- Make cashew butter and set aside.
- Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Spoon just enough chocolate into each liner to cover the bottom. Place in freezer to harden for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from freezer.
- Place a small ball of cashew butter filling (about ½ Tbsp.) in each liner. Gently press finger down to flatten the ball.
- Spoon more chocolate into each one until the filling is covered. Sprinkle with sea salt and place in the freezer again to harden for 20-30 minutes.
- Once chocolates are hardened, remove from freezer and enjoy! *If too frozen, allow to soften at room temperature for a few minutes.
- Store in fridge for best results.
- Line a small (4x6) pan or dish with tin foil.
- Pour the liquid Paleo Dark Chocolate in the foil.
- Chop dried mangoes into small chunks and sprinkle evenly on top of chocolate. Use a knife to gently stir chocolate around, mixing mangoes into chocolate.
- Sprinkle with sea salt and place in freezer to harden for 20-30 minutes (some freezers may require up to an hour to harden chocolate completely).
- Remove from freezer and cut into desired size and shape.
- Best if stored in fridge or freezer until using/eating.
*I like to make the entire recipe of chocolate (12 oz.) and then use about 8 oz. for the cashew butter cups. Then the last 4 oz. I freeze into salted dark chocolate with mango. This way I use up all the liquid chocolate and get to try two different treats!
*You can also experiment with different types of nut butters and dried fruit in these recipes! Let us know how you use your Paleo dark chocolate!
Want another yummy paleo dessert? Check out this coconut cinnamon nice cream!