I am not a chocolate fan, but there are certain times when I want a (very mild) chocolate flavor. In my pre-paleo days, this was generally in the form of no-bake cookies. I recently came upon an awesome blog by a fellow Seattle-area Paleo Mama, and I saw THIS recipe.
Unfortunately, I did not have all the ingredients she used on hand, so I had to change around her recipe a bit, but they still turned out great. And I can guarantee you this, I will be picking up the remaining ingredients on my next shopping trip to try her recipe verbatim.
Another point with this recipe that I want to make: Though you use toasted coconut, it is not an overwhelming coconut flavor like you might imagine, it is just a textural piece that gives you the oatmeal feel, like a traditional no-bake. Try this recipe, and her recipe, and check out her blog, it is great!!!
Paleo No-Bake Cookies
1 C Coconut flakes
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
¼ c coconut oil
¼ c Sunflower Seed butter
¼ C Raw Honey
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 C chopped Cashews (or other mild flavored nut)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Be sure it will fit in the refrigerator.
Toast coconut in a pan over medium heat, just enough to give a light color.
Chop cashews with hand chopper or pulse in food processor to a fine chop.
It should be courser than flour, about the same texture as the coconut flakes.
Combine nut and toasted coconut in a bowl.
In a double boiler, combine chopped pure chocolate, nut butter, coconut oil and honey.
Stir constantly to ensure it does not scorch.
Once smooth, remove from heat and pour over nut/coconut mix and stir to combine.
Spoon onto parchment paper and refrigerate till they set up, about 15 min.