Coconut Pecan Chocolates

My 3 year old hasn’t stopped talking about Valentine’s Day since Christmas came to an end!  I find it hilarious!  After each holiday he promptly asks what’s next and he’ll start listing off all the ones he can remember: Halloween, Easter, Christmas.  Then he proceeds to discuss what each holiday entails; such as getting candy, picking a costume, decorating a tree, putting up lights, placing window stickers on the front door…  It’s always been my goal to make holidays fun, unique and special.  When you’re a kid, the holidays are magical and I want to treasure every bit of that wonder and awe before he grows up.

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I remember my excitement as a kid, knowing that Santa was to arrive and leave presents under the tree, or that the Easter bunny would soon be hiding eggs around the house for us to hunt.  Something I also remember as a kid, was all the candy!  The boxes of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, the pounds of Easter candy hidden inside hundreds of eggs for me and my siblings to sort through, the large variety of treats received from house to house when trick-or-treating and the specialty Christmas chocolates and candy canes that only popped up only once a year.

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As a health-conscious parent, the candy doesn’t bring as much excitement as it used to.  These days, I seek out the “healthy” candy; ones without artificial sweeteners, dyes or hydrogenated oils.  I also prefer making my own treats.  I don’t want to deprive my children, as part of living is enjoying life and food and indulging from time to time, but I do care about my family and what they put into their bodies.  If a healthier option exists, then no matter the cost, I will choose that over a generic, not so good for you item.  And quite often, those healthier options taste just as great, or even better.

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One thing I will be doing this Valentine’s day (along with every other major holiday) is making my own treats like these Coconut Pecan Chocolates.  Not only are these a healthy Valentine Chocolate treat, but they make a lovely, heart-felt gift.  These Coconut Pecan Chocolates are Paleo, Vegan and only require 6 simple ingredients.

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Coconut Pecan Chocolates

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 Cup raw pecans
  • 5 medjool dates, pitted
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp pink sprinkles*
  • 3 oz dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. In food processor, combine coconut, pecans, dates and salt.  Process until thoroughly mixed and dough has a sticky texture.
  2. Add in sprinkles and pulse a couple times.
  3. Roll dough into balls (10-12) and place on baking sheet (or flat, movable surface).
  4. Place balls in freezer for 30-60 minutes to set.
  5. Place dark chocolate in small sauce pan and melt on stove-top (low heat, stirring frequently).
  6. Once chocolate has fully melted, remove sauce pan from heat and dip frozen balls in chocolate, coating the entire surface.  Place chocolate-coated balls back on baking sheet.
  7. Freeze or refrigerate to set.
  8. Store in fridge.

Recipe makes 10-12 chocolates

* The sprinkles are optional, but add a fun, festive touch.  I used rose flower crystals but any type/color sprinkles will work.

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These Coconut Pecan Chocolates are a nutritious alternative to any store bought chocolate (meaning you can eat more, right? 😛 ).  They keep well in the fridge and can stay at room temperature for a few hours.

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Enjoy!

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