Vegan coconut oil chocolates

Sometimes my mind is boggled by how convenient our world has become. From delivery meal services to banana slicers (seriously, how hard is it to slice a banana with a knife?), it seems like our modern lives are riddled with conveniences.

But sometimes it’s fun to take the hard route. I mean it builds character or something, right? Or at least that’s what my parents always told me when I used to complain about having to pack my own lunch in 3rd grade when all my friends had their lunches packed for them.

Vegan coconut oil chocolates

I hated packing my lunch more than anything when I was a kid – I just wanted to go upstairs to my room and spend my evening reading about salamanders (seriously). But since then I’ve come to appreciate a bit of manual labour in the kitchen. It’s like a form of meditation! Only I don’t have to sit still and shut off my mind for half an hour. Thank goodness, because I suck at that.

But making food from scratch? That I can do.

Most recently I decided to experiment with coconut oil chocolates, which were actually really easy. 10 minutes of prep time then 1 hour in the fridge (or less time in the freezer if you’re desperate), and you’ve got yourself a delicious chocolatey treat!

Vegan coconut oil chocolates

Vegan coconut oil chocolates
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Healthy homemade chocolates made with coconut oil, raw cacao powder, and maple syrup. Vegan, gluten free, peanut free.
Yield: 12-16
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp mesquite powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds
  • ¼ cup shredded or flaked coconut
  1. In a bowl combine the melted coconut oil, cacao powder, mesquite powder, and maple syrup. Stir until combined, then stir in the toasted almonds and coconut, reserving 1-2 tbsp each of the almonds and coconut for sprinkling on top.
  2. Spoon the mixture into 12-16 mini cupcake liners placed in a mini cupcake baking pan, then sprinkle the reserved almonds and coconut on top.
  3. Transfer the pan to the fridge and cool for 1-2 hours before eating, and store the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

Vegan coconut oil chocolates

What in your opinion is a ridiculous modern convenience?

What foods do you regularly make from scratch?


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38 Responses to Vegan coconut oil chocolates

  1. Mmm…these sound wonderful! Mesquite powder is something I’ve never used before. I’ll have to pick some up. I typically make muffins, cakes and other baked items from scratch rather than by the boxed stuff. This way I know what is going into them!

    • Chelsea

      Mesquite powder is a nice addition, but you could definitely leave it out of this recipe and it would be just as good!

  2. I think this applies to any form of whole foods cooking- convnient, noooo. But rewarding? Absolutely!

    These chocolates look wonderful!

  3. I’ve seen versions of these around and I’ve always wanted to try them! I try to make most things from scratch….except for tomato sauce because apparently I’m too lazy for that most of the time.
    As for the banana slicer, please tell me you’ve read this:
    It kills me. So funny!

  4. I have the EXACT same attitude about food. It’s actually hard for me to try to not post difficult recipes on the blog because those are the ones I enjoy making the most. So instead I just do them for me. Aka the pie I made this weekend. I think I enjoy it so much more when I put a lot of effort into it!

  5. yum yum yum!! i used to regularly make hummus from scratch but not so much anymore – now i’m all about convenience lol

    • Chelsea

      I haven’t made homemade hummus in a while either! I found that the accomplishment I felt from making it myself kind of wore off after a while. :P

  6. YUM! These look delicious. I actually made some “inside out” peanut butter cups last week, and they were also made with coconut oil. Great minds! I always make all of my baked goods, including pie crusts, from scratch. Something in me just will not use a boxed cake mix or pre-made pie crust, I just take too much pride in making them myself!

    • Chelsea

      Ooh those sound really good! Where did you get the recipe for those from?

      And ditto on the homemade cake and pie crusts – store bought is just not the same!

  7. Love this! Coconut oil chocolates are the best! Such simple and healthy ingredients :)

  8. I made a recipe using coconut oil chocolate the other day- I actually didn’t really mind it.

    I’ve come to realise that with blog recipes, I had to tone down what I post- I love it, but others enjoy the concept but not making it!

    • Chelsea

      That’s so true – there are so many times I see a recipe that looks fantastic, but once I look at the ingredients and directions I’m like “Uh no, there’s no way I’m making that. Ain’t nobody got time to make my own pasta noodles and make my own pesto and breed my own goats for the goat cheese!”

  9. Bars! Always, always homemade bars from scratch… but that’s probably because I can’t eat a lot of the ones in the stores, and the ones I can eat (*cough*Quaker*cough*), I’d kind of rather not :lol: It’s tough being a kid with an allergy :P You need to lend me some of your appreciation of manual labour in the kitchen — I burn out after like… 15 minutes.

    • Chelsea

      I totally hear ya on the bars and always having to make our own – it does get pretty exhausting having to whip up a new batch almost every week!

  10. YUM- love no bake recipes like this Chelsea! That comment about banana slicers really made me laugh. My sister owns an apple slicer and I’ve given her so much grief for it! ┼┤hen I am in Mumbai, I actually regularly make almond butter & almond milk from scratch because neither are readily available.

  11. Mmm, these look great, Chels! Perfect for emergency chocolate cravings too, hey?

    I make salads from scratch. Does that count? Oh man, I really need to spend more time in the kitchen. So many adventures, so little time. ;)

    • Chelsea

      Lol definitely counts! Homemade salads are way better than those sad pre-made ones at grocery stores (unless we’re talking about WF salads, because those are awesome).

  12. Yum! These look so good. I love making things from scratch. Then I know what ingredients I’m putting in them, but sometimes it’s just hard finding the time.

  13. Mmmmm these look amazing!!! I love making things myself too. Sure, it takes a little bit of time but then it’s that much more satisfying to eat! You know how much work that went into creating something delicious!

  14. Pizza sauce from scratch is way worth it. I use lots of tomato paste to get it to a real thick consistency. No added sugar, just tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano. It takes about 2 minutes to make and it costs about 1.50 for the cans of tomato sauce/paste.

    I work at Bed Bath & Beyond so the amount of ridiculous convenience tools I see on a daily basis is mind-boggling. We have avocado slicers – like you said, no one should need a special tool to slice bananas or avocados!!

    • Chelsea

      I’m not going to lie, I almost always use canned pizza sauce. But your method sounds delicious. I am so going to try that next time!

  15. These look delicious! I have seen you use mesquite before, and have always wanted to try it but still haven’t…I need to change that! It’s true there are so many products out there for convenience sake and some of them a quite ridiculous!

  16. I must admit that I’ve never tried mesquite powder, but these look incredible! I’m a sucker for anything with cacao.

  17. Haha love the rant. and doesn’t it seem like some of those conveniences actually make things harder? I think your parents should get some credit for your passion in the kitchen! All thanks to packing a lunch!

    • Chelsea

      In hindsight I’m definitely grateful they made me pack my own lunch – it taught me a lot of important things about balance and responsibility at a young age!

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  19. When it comes to working in the kitchen there are some conveniences that I love (most namely my microwave for melting/softening butter) but I do love spending time doing things the “long way”. Making my lunch is actually one of my favourite things to do (mind you I didn’t start in 3rd grade haha)!

  20. hahaa I have to say I love things that make cooking quicker! I get this weekly delivery of fresh local foods that has made my life SO much easier : )

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  23. Arlen

    These look positively amazing. Definitely making them once I’m back in Philly with a night off! Also, banana slicers?! Are you kidding me? Oi vey…

    • Chelsea

      Thanks Arlen! Following our talk about coconut oil and almonds last night, I’m not surprised you want to make these haha.

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