The internet is filled with articles on the benefits of eating high quality (organic, virgin) coconut oil, i.e. 10 benefits of coconut oil, Health benefits of coconut oil, 101 uses of coconut oil . The benefits of raw cacao are also explored: i.e. Raw Chocolate Health Benefits, 5 ways to add raw cocoa to your diet
I have been hearing concerns from many sources about agave nectar, so I have adapted my recipe from my previous blog. Apparently agave contains high levels of fructose and so it can be very hard on the liver and heart. Here's an article entitled, Why We Were Wrong About Agave by Dr. Oz. He recommends raw honey, Others suggest small amounts of dark maple syrup. Pure stevia can be another option, but it is 300 times sweeter than sugar so you won't use much. Young Living has a pure, liquid Stevia that can be used in drops.
This candy is a great treat, but it should still be eaten in moderation. Unlike conventional candies, this candy does not contain additives to induce cravings.
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1/2 cup organic, cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil
3 tablespoons organic almond butter
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1-2 Tbsp raw honey or dark maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ¼ tsp vanilla powder
4 drops Young Living tangerine, orange or peppermint essential oil
1/4 cup chopped almonds
Add orange zest, cacao nibs, chopped raisins or coconut for other variations. If using raisins, you may be able to reduce the sweetener.
Gently warm coconut oil so it is a liquid. If using raw honey, you can add it here. Stir in all remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour quickly onto a parchment or wax paper lined 9X13 pan for thin candy or 9x9 pan for thicker candy. Flatten out before it starts to thicken. Refrigerate or freeze until solid. Cut or break into pieces. Don't leave out for long as this candy will melt quickly if the house is warm. Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer to keep solid.
For a fun kid treat, put into mini-cupcake papers with a cashew smile and currant eyes. Use your own creativity and send me a picture of your creations.