Healthy Dark Chocolate Bites

07.05.2017

 

I have a major sweet tooth, especially for chocolate! While I will splurge at times and enjoy some of the chocolate candy we all grew up with, I like to find healthier options to satisfy those chocolate craving too.

 

Of course as a spoonie I need recipes that are simple and easy. I love finding ideas and getting recipe inspiration on Pinterest, but I usually find a way to put my own healthy spin on them.

 

When making these candy bites, I chose to use local, raw honey as a sweetener, as it has a ton of health benefits. Unfortunately I was a little low on honey, so these weren't too sweet {think super dark chocolate}, but I still loved them.

 

They are really easy to customize and you can always taste and adjust sweetness as you go.

 

Now just in case you were doubtful about these being super healthy for you, below is a rundown of the health benefits of each ingredient!

 

 

Coconut Benefits:

 

  • Contains healthy fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals

  • Contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic properties

  • Helps remove free radicals, preventing cancer, cell and tissue damage

  • Helps prevent heart disease, kidney disease, and bladder infections

  • Helps treat symptoms of diabetes by improving insulin secretion

  • Helps support and restore thyroid function

  • Helps restore tissue damage

 

Cacao Powder Benefits:

 

  • Contains an extremely high amount of antioxidants

  • The highest plant-based source of iron

  • One of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium

  • Contains more calcium than cow's milk

  • Helps absorb free radicals, preventing cancer, cell and tissue damage

  • Natural mood elevator and antidepressant, due to the neurotransmitters that it contains - serotonin; dopamine; anandamide; and phenylethylamine

 

Oats Benefits:

 

  • Contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants

  • Contains a good balance of carbs, fiber, protein, and fat

  • Can lower bad cholesterol

  • Can improve blood sugar control

 

Raw Honey Benefits:

 

  • Contains antioxidants

  • Helps remove free radicals, preventing cancer, cell and tissue damage

  • Contains anti-bacterial and antifungal properties

  • Local, raw honey helps treat pollen allergies and prevent infection

 

Okay enough of the science, let's get on to the yummy chocolateness!

 

 

Healthy Dark Chocolate Bites

 

1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

½ cup Cacao Powder

¼ cup Oats

½ cup Coconut Oil, softened

⅛ - ¼ cup Raw Honey {adjust to your desired level of sweetness}

 

Pour all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined

Form mixture into small balls and place on a plate

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours


Enjoy!

 

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