Since this post is about sharing a sweet treat, I have found my new favorite snack. Are you ready for this? Salted almond butter (Trader Joe’s brand so far is my favorite) and dried apricots. I don’t know what possessed me to mix the two but it is pure heaven. Especially if you have walked away from peanut butter, this little gem is quite a treat. Seriously, get in my belly.

If your sweet tooth has been screaming at you and you are looking for a treat (or you don’t find my above recommendation appealing…) that won’t send you into an insulin spiked sugar rush, I have a recipe for you. The variations of this recipe could be endless by trying it with different types of nuts and/or dried fruit. The below recipe is my favorite combination. A Paleo/Primal friendly Almond Joy! You no longer need to walk down the candy aisle hiding your eyes from some old friends because you can make your own and know all the ingredients!

Coconut Chocolate Chews

Chocolate Coconut Chews

  • 70% Cocoa or higher chocolate bar
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds or pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries or cherries are my favorite)
  1. In a microwave glass measuring cup, microwave chocolate for 2 minutes in 30 second intervals. After each 30 second interval, stir the chocolate. If your chocolate requires more time to fully melt, continue using 15 second intervals. Burning chocolate is devastating! You could also use a double boiler to accomplish the same task. Up to you.
  2. Add your coconut, pecans, and dried fruit and stir the chocolate mixture until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Drop by the tablespoon full onto parchment paper. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Enjoy!

If you are embarking on a Whole30 or are in the middle of a 21-day sugar detox, I have provided a sugar-free recipe for you. I learned through my own Whole30 that my body does not tolerate sugar. I never thought sugar affected me that much until I cut it out entirely and saw amazing results. I no longer experience cravings I can’t control or have a dependency on something sweet. So whether you are taking part in a month long challenge or have dedicated your diet to the Paleo/Primal lifestyle, a treat now and then is a nice option. However, this version of the recipe is no where near as sweet as the original (duh, right?). Although, as you remove sugar from your diet, you begin to see how sweet foods are by themselves especially dried fruit

Sugar-free Chocolate Coconut Chews

  • 100% Cocoa chocolate bar (often called baking chocolate or unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or almonds
  • 1/2 unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 unsweetened dried fruit (I had a really hard time finding unsweetened dried fruit. I could only find dried apricots and dried cherries without any added sugar)
  1. In a microwave glass measuring cup, microwave chocolate and coconut butter  for 2 minutes in 30 second intervals. After each 30 second interval, stir the chocolate and coconut butter. If your chocolate requires more time to fully melt, continue using 15 second intervals. Burning chocolate is devastating! You could also use a double boiler to accomplish the same task. Up to you.
  2. Add your sea salt, coconut, pecans, and dried fruit and stir the chocolate mixture until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Drop by the tablespoon full onto parchment paper.
  4. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Enjoy!
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