Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites Recipe
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Calling all chocolate + coconut fans! These Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites are a delicious treat that you can make right at home in no time, with only a few simple ingredients.
Hey y’all! It’s Hope here to share about chocolate and coconut, more specifically, Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites. I don’t know about you, but my favorite candy bar is Almond Joy. Scratch that. It’s Mounds with dark chocolate. Although, I have to say, these Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites may even be better.
I remember coming home one weekend for a break from college to discover a container of Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites in the fridge. (Thanks, Mom!) Suffice it to say, they disappeared before I left. There’s just something about the sweet, tropical taste of coconut combined with the warmth and depth of dark chocolate that I can’t resist.
Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites are a nice little treat for any time of the day, plus, they are made with five basic ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and unsweetened shredded coconut. Simple ingredients. No junk. So I feel a bit better about grabbing one here and there for a little sweet treat instead of candy.
With only five ingredients and a little prep, these Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites are super easy to make too. First, melt the coconut oil with the cocoa powder in a medium saucepan. Stir until smooth. Once the coconut oil is fully melted, remove from the heat. Whisk in a bit of maple syrup and vanilla extract until incorporated. Next, add the shredded coconut, stirring until well combined.
Once the mixture is combined, it needs to chill before shaping into balls. Cover the mixture and place in the refrigerator until it is firm enough to easily shape into balls, usually about 20 minutes. When ready to shape into balls, line a plate, platter or plastic container that will easily fit in your freezer with wax paper or baking parchment. Shape the chilled coconut mixture into 1-2 inch balls, or larger if it suits your fancy, and place them on your prepared surface. Lightly cover and place in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. They can also be frozen and stored in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to three months.
See how easy? Easy enough to make a batch every week. Mom, are you listening?!? Hopefully mom will continue to have these little bites ready to greet me for my homecomings, which will make coming home that much sweeter.
So, if you’re a chocolate + coconut fan, or know of someone who is, make a batch of Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites. I think you’ll be happy that you did!
More chocolatey recipes you will enjoy:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- Chocolate Almond Butter Balls Recipe
- Flourless Chocolate Brownies
- Double Dark Chocolate Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Toasted Almond Bark Recipe
Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites Recipe
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut*
- Heat a medium saucepan over low heat. Add coconut oil and cocoa powder. Stir until smooth and all coconut oil has melted. Remove from heat.
- Whisk in maple syrup and vanilla extract until incorporated. Add shredded coconut; stir until combined well. Cover mixture and place in refrigerate until firm enough to easily form balls, about 20 minutes. More chill time may be needed.
- Line a plate/platter or storage container (something that will fit flat in your freezer) with wax paper or baking parchment. Shape chilled coconut mixture into 1-2 inch balls (or larger if you so choose!). Place on prepared surface. Lightly cover and place in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Serve right away, or store in an airtight container for up to a week. Balls may also be frozen in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
* I use unsweetened finely shredded coconut for this recipe (like Let’s Do Organic). If you use a thicker shredded coconut the amount needed may vary slightly.
Makes about 16 bites.