Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse • NO AVOCADO | Healthy treats #4

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This Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse is that kind of healthy treat that takes you only a feel minutes to whip up.

The only extra work here is actually having to wait for the coconut cream to chill overnight.
But let’s be honest that this is extra work for your fridge, right? 😁

On the absolute plus side, this recipe is absolutely delicious!

Not even the fussiest of the eaters would think this chocolate mousse is dairy free.
And you can totally adapt it to a vegan version by replacing honey with coconut sugar, that works just as fine. Perfection!

Ingredients
  • 2 cans of coconut cream, chilled overnight
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt
Directions
  1. Open the coconut cream cans and scoop out only the solid coconut cream into a mixing bowl. Whip it until soft and creamy. Reserve 4 tablespoons of it for later.
  2. Tip: you can use the remaining water in the cans for cooking or smoothies
  3. Add honey, cocoa powder, and salt, mixing until well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into 2 serving bowls and keep refrigerated until serving time.
  5. It’s DONE! 🎉
    Serve it with one tablespoon of that cream we previously reserved, and garnish with grated dark chocolate.

It’s very common to find recipes of chocolate mousse that use avocado as the base ingredient.

I decided to shake things up a bit and create this version that uses coconut cream as the base instead!

Try it by yourself and you’ll be surprised by how amazing it tastes!

Tip: to make a version of this chocolate mousse that is even more low carb, replace honey with an artificial sweetener of your choice.

Coconut bonbons (Brazilian Bombom Prestígio) | Healthy treats #3

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How about a super special treat this weekend?

These Coconut Bonbons aren’t only charming and yummy, they are a perfectly healthy treat, packed with good fats, and no added sugar!

As you can see from the video recipe above, these bonbons look absolutely gorgeous and mouth-watering!

I like to make them for friends coming over for a visit (you know, that’s my way to impress 😜). Or maybe you can also give it away in a beautiful box as a nice homemade gift, or even just to treat yourself with that delicious dark chocolate shell filled with creamy coconut, YUM!

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of coconut butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 150g of 86% dark chocolate, chopped
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together coconut butter and coconut flakes. Reserve.
  2. Then, in a double boiler, melt ⅔ (100g) of the dark chocolate. Once melted, take it out of the heat and add the remaining chocolate, stirring constantly until everything is melted.
  3. Get your bonbon mold (you can use ice cubes mold too), and pour around 2 tablespoons of the melted chocolate in each cavity. Then move the mold gently around to cover all sides of the cavity with chocolate. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. ⏰
  4. Take it out of the fridge and add 1 teaspoon of our coconut filling to each bonbon. Next let’s cover with another tablespoon of melted dark chocolate, sealing its surface.
  5. Bring it back to the fridge and refrigerate for more 10 minutes. ⏰
  6. Now twist the mold to release the chocolates, which can also be done by gently turning it upside down and tapping them out of the mold.
  7. It’s DONE! 🎉

I do not know which part of this recipe I like the most … is it the superb presentation? Or is the amazing and delicate combination of chocolate and coconut?

Well, in any case, if you are looking for a healthy dessert to impress that does not take ages to prepare, this is THE recipe! 😁

Coconut slices (Brazilian Cocada) | Healthy treats #2

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I’ve made these coconut slices thinking about a popular treat found in Brazil called Cocada (more info and pronunciation here).

The original version is basically fresh coconut flakes cooked with sugar (a truckload), but here I am bringing to you a low carb version!

Yep, you read it right, sugar-free and super delicious! One of my favourite healthy treat options, hands down.

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of coconut butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or any sweetener you like – optional, depending on your taste)
Directions
  1. In a bowl mix together coconut butter, coconut flakes and honey (remember, honey is optional).
  2. In case your coconut butter is too hard, just microwave it for a few seconds to soften a bit.
  3. Spread the resulting mixture on a baking sheet, creating a rectangular shape that should be roughly 1cm tall.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes ⏰ and then slice it into small square shapes to serve.
  5. It’s DONE! 🎉

Did you know? The word cocada is basically derived from the word coconut (in Portuguese just “coco”, the fruit), but added a suffix to indicate something made from coconut.
This treat is popular in many other Latin American countries, not only Brazil, such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile.

Some traditional recipes might include eggs or even other fruits, to change the final colour of the sweet.
For example, guava can be added to the ingredients to create beautiful red coconut slices.

Peanut slices (Brazilian Paçoca) | Healthy treats #1

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Peanut slices are a popular treat in Brazil 🇧🇷, where in the local language they are called Paçoca (pronunciation here).

It is traditionally made of crushed (or ground) peanuts and tons of sugar.
But of course, I would not be publishing the recipe here on my blog if it was just the regular recipe, right?

Which means I managed to create sugar-free peanut slices!
So now you can have it as a super healthy treat, much lower in carbs and equally delicious!

Brazilians out there wondering if this is as good as the sugary thing we have there, I can totally say this is MUCH BETTER. 😋

Words from a former paçoca junkie. 🙈

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of coconut butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup of peanut butter, unsweetened
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or any sweetener you like, this is also optional)
Directions
  1. In a bowl mix together coconut butter, peanut butter, salt and honey (like I said above, honey is optional, depending on your taste).
  2. In case your coconut butter is too hard to mix, just microwave it for a few seconds to soften a bit.
  3. Spread mixture on a baking sheet, creating a rectangular shape and making it 1cm tall. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. ⏰
  4. Then, slice it into small square shapes to serve.
  5. It’s done!

Trivia time! The word paçoca is originated from a local indigenous language and its closest meaning is “to crumble” or “to grind”.

There is no direct translation of the term to English, but commonly acceptable variations for the name of this treat are: Brazilian peanut slices, Brazilian peanut candy squares, Brazilian paçoca, or Brazilian paçoquita (a famous brand).