2-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Looking for the easiest Paleo Chocolate Frosting that’s dairy-free and requires only 2 ingredients? This is it! It’s so simple to put together and can be used in a variety of ways to make the prettiest and rich and chocolately cupcakes or cakes.

Paleo Frosting Recipe

When you find out how to make this recipe you are going to wonder how something so easy can look so beautiful! This recipe requires just 2 ingredients (though there are some optional add-in’s if you want) and is pretty simple to make! It’s the perfect rich chocolate frosting, even if you don’t need to be dairy-free and Paleo. Use this chocolate frosting to top your favorite cupcake, to decorate a cake or even to make those beautiful chocolate drips on a cake!

Here is what you need to make it:

How to Make Dairy Free Chocolate Frosting

In the most basic form, this is a paleo ganache frosting. Basically the chocolate is melted with hot coconut cream, and it’s stirred together until silky and smooth. Just make sure to use coconut cream. If you can’t find the cans specifically labeled coconut cream, you can chill a can of coconut milk and scoop off the solidified cream.

Different Ways to Use It

I love how versatile this frosting is! Here are the two different ways you can use it:

As a Ganache Topping

A cupcake could be “frosted” with just the plain silky ganache as is. It creates a beautiful and thick glaze on top of the cupcakes (just like in this recipe here). To do it: dip the top of each cupcake carefully into the glaze and swish around to make sure it’s covered completely. Then gently lift it up to let to let the excess glaze drip off and quickly flip it back right side up on a wire rack to cool completely.

As a Whipped Frosting

Once the ganache is completely chilled (but not too hard) you will whip it with an electric mixer. Whipping it will add air to the chilled ganache and make it light and fluffy. It will significantly lighten the color and make it spreadable and easy to use in a piping bag.

Optional Additions

So the frosting as it is written is pretty decadent and ALL about that chocolate flavor. Which is great, but it also is possible to switch up the flavor a bit and add in some different ingredients and dress up your cupcakes / cake.

Powdered Sugar: Looking for a more sweeter chocolate frosting? Add in about 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar when you are melting it. Of course, this makes it NOT paleo, but still leaves it dairy-free.

Extracts: There are so many different flavors you can add in here! The most obviously being vanilla extract. Start with 1 teaspoon for that. Other flavors could be peppermint, orange, or even almond. Start with 1/4 teaspoon for those and increase as desired.

Flaky Sea Salt: After you’ve finished frosting your cupcakes go ahead and sprinkle on some flaky sea salt. A little sprinkle of sea salt always is a welcome addition.

Sprinkles: Because, of course! Add these after you’ve finished frosting your cupcake.

Freeze Dried Fruit Powder: Using a sprinkle of freeze dried fruit powder not only can make the cupcakes or cake look pretty, but it also adds a nice punch of flavor without adding in extra moisture. Raspberry or strawberry would be great here! But feel free to experiment. Freeze dried fruit can be commonly found in most grocery stores now, just make sure to read the ingredient list. Look for a brand that lists only the actual fruit as the ingredients. Add this after you’ve finished frosting your cupcake.

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2-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Looking for the easiest Paleo Chocolate Frosting that's dairy-free and requires only 2 ingredients? This is it! It's so simple to put together and can be used in a variety of ways to make the prettiest and rich and chocolately cupcakes or cakes.


Yields 4 cups
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine Paleo
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut cream until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour the cream over the chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chocolate is covered by the hot cream. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut cream together until a smooth ganache is formed. Let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then move mixture to the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from the freezer and stir around the mixture to make sure it chills evenly. Place back in the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove and check to see that the mixture is fully chilled, but not completely hard. The ganache should be easily spreadable, but quite chilled. If it’s still warm or very soft, place back in the freezer and check on it every 5 minutes. If it's too hard, let it sit out until it's softened a bit.
  5. Whip the ganache with an electric mixer, until lightened in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium high speed. Make sure to frequently scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure it is evenly whipped. When done, it should be an easily spreadable consistency.
  6. Use immediately with your favorite cupcake or cake recipe.
  7. Recipe will make enough frosting to frost between 12-16 cupcakes, or a 3-layer 6" or 8" cake.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use chocolate chips here, instead of chopped chocolate, but make sure they're medium to high quality to ensure the proper consistency.
  2. Make sure to check ingredients of chocolate to ensure dietary requirements such as dairy-free. For dairy-free Enjoy Life is a great choice and for Paleo Hu Chocolate is a good choice.

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2-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Knowing How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream is essential for making delicious, dairy free whipped cream! This healthy alternative is more nutritious and tastes amazing! It’s made with three ingredients, and aside from chilling time, comes together within 5 minutes!

How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

This dairy free Coconut Whipped Cream is a great recipe to have on hand for when you want an alternative to regular whipped cream that still tastes great! Even if you don’t need to be dairy-free, this coconut whipped cream is so good! It’s creamy with a hint of vanilla and perfect with so many different dishes. We’re dishing all the details on what you need to know on how to make!

Here is what you need to make it:

Tips for Making Coconut Whipped Cream

  1. Look for coconut cream instead of coconut milk. It will give you more of the solid part of the coconut milk the that you need to whip up. If you can’t find it, you can use regular coconut milk, but you may need about 2 cans to get enough of the solid part of the coconut milk.
  2. You absolutely must refrigerate your coconut cream. We recommend doing so for 24 hours. However, if you are in a pinch 8 hours will work.
  3. Use powdered sugar as a sweetener. It helps thicken the consistency of the coconut cream. If you were avoiding refined sugar you could use honey, but it will be a bit thinner.
  4. Add vanilla extract to give it an extra flavor boost!
  5. Serve immediately. You can make it up to 4 hours ahead of time, but it hardens back up in the refrigerator if stored for much longer.
  6. If it does stiffen up too much in the refrigerator, you can rewhip it again to get it to a consistency you desire.

Coconut Whipped Cream in a bowl

Ways to Use It

Use coconut whipped cream in place of many of your favorite uses for regular whipped cream! Just know that it is very susceptible to warm temperatures so it will not hold up as long as traditional whipped cream does. 

Coconut whipped cream is delicious with:

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How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

Knowing How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream is essential for making delicious, dairy free whipped cream! This healthy alternative is more nutritious and tastes amazing! It's made with three ingredients, and aside from chilling time, comes together within 5 minutes!


Yields 1-1/2 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine dairy-free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Refrigerate the coconut cream for at least 8 hours, but preferably 24 hours.
  2. Scoop out the solid part of the coconut cream and add to the bowl of an electric mixer (or you can use a hand mixer). Leave behind any of the thin watery coconut milk, reserving for another use.
  3. Whip the cold coconut cream with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and whip for an additional minute.
  4. Use immediately or store for up to 4 hours.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use honey to sweeten this, but the whipped coconut cream will have a looser texture to it and won't be as stable.
  2. If you anticipate using this recipe often, always leave a can of coconut cream in your refrigerator!

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We tasted and tested so many dairy free and vegan milks to find the BEST and EASIEST ones for you to make at home! Scroll down for our Vegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide that dishes out all the details.

lineup of dairy free milkVegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide

We drank a lot of non-dairy milk for you all! And we’ve got our favorites for sure! We’ve created recipes for all of them so you can try them at home. Even if you don’t need to be dairy-free, these milks are nutrient dense and a great addition to any diet. They are free of any gums or stabilizers and truly all quick and easy to make. We hope you’ll give some of them a try.

Here are our favorite dairy free milk choices and how to make them:

Almond Milk:

This is of course the most well known alternative milk. A simple process of soaking raw almonds and blending with fresh water. Homemade almond milk has tons of flavor, and you can concentrate the flavor by increasing or decreasing the amount of water it is blended with. 

Cashew Milk:

Cashew milk is so rich and creamy. It’s also one of the easier nut milks to make because after you soak and rinse the cashews, you blend it with fresh water until creamy with no straining necessary.

Pecan Milk:

Pecan milk is darker in color than the rest, and has a very nut forward taste. Similar to cashew milk this is a simple nut milk because it also doesn’t need any straining.

Oat Milk:

Oat milk is a pretty neutral tasting milk, and we suggest adding a bit of salt and sweetener to help bring out the flavor. Oat milk is super creamy and thick, and our recipe doesn’t require any soaking.

Coconut Milk:

Who knew you had other options for coconut milk than buying it in the can? Coconut milk is made by quickly soaking unsweetened shredded coconut in hot water, blending and then straining. It’s naturally sweet and creamy. It will separate and have a harder layer on top just like the canned coconut milk after it’s been chilled.

nuts soaking to make dairy free milk

Tips for Making Alternative Milks:

pouring vegan milk through a strainer

Mix and match!

It’s totally okay to mix and match these milks, especially the nut milks. We love the blend of almond milk and pecan milk, or cashew and almond milk together. Experiment and see what works best for you! Making them together is okay, even though technically you don’t have to strain some of the milks. For instance, when making almond and cashew together we do blend and strain both of them at the same time.

Other alternative milks not mentioned, but available to purchase in store:

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Recipes to use with alternative milks:

Other ways to use milk:

NOTE: We love getting our nuts cheaper in bulk online or at Trader Joe’s!

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Vegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide

If you didn’t know How to Make Coconut Milk at home, let me be the first one to tell you: it’s easy! And requires only two ingredients and one appliance. Homemade coconut milk is creamy, naturally sweet and a great dairy-free milk alternative.

homemade coconut milk being poured into a jar for storageHow to Make Coconut Milk at Home

We can’t deny how easy it is to pick up a can of coconut milk at the store but did you know it’s equally as easy doing it at home? All you need is a blender and natural coconut flakes! This alternative milk is naturally full of flavor and sweetness is so so versatile in the kitchen. And the best part is it’s just two ingredients: water and coconut. There are no sneaky hidden additives and no need to check any labels. 

Ways to use coconut milk

soaking coconut flakes

How do you make coconut milk?

  1. Soak 1 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut flakes in boiling water for 30 minutes
  2. Blend together continuously for 1-2 minutes
  3. Strain it through a nut milk bag or a thin, clean kitchen towel, squeezing out as much of the milk as possible.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

Do you need to sweeten it?

We did not give directions for sweetening this milk because it is naturally sweet. But if you wanted to you can add in about 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup and a dash of salt.

Ways to Use the Leftover Pulp

Once you strain the milk you will be left with shredded coconut! To minimize food waste you can use it in:

straining the shredded coconut

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How to Make Coconut Milk

Homemade coconut milk is creamy, naturally sweet and a great dairy-free milk alternative.


Yields 3-4 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes
Recipe Type: drink
Cuisine dairy-free, vegan, paleo, whole30

Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 4 cups boiling filtered water

Directions

  1. Carefully pour boiling water over coconut flakes in a jar and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Carefully pour the coconut flakes and hot water into a high-speed blender and blend continuously for 1-2 minutes, until the coconut flakes are finely ground.
  3. To strain it either use a nut milk bag and squeeze into a bowl, or line a strainer with a thin kitchen towel over a bowl and squeeze the nut milk into the bowl. If it’s too hot to do it right away, let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, though it is better the fresher it is. Separation is normal in coconut milk and you may get a hardened top just like you would get with a canned coconut milk. You can melt it if you want it to be liquid again.

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This Curry Butternut Squash Noodles recipe is an easy weeknight meatless dinner that is full of flavor and packed with veggies! A delicious curry sauce with tender butternut squash “noodles”, peppers, onions and spinach can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes and is paleo,  gluten-free, dairy-free and keto and whole-30 friendly.

Butternut squash noodle recipeCurry Butternut Squash Noodles

This super easy Curry Butternut Squash Noodles recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner to spice things up! Well, at least as spicy as you want it to be because it’s easy to control the heat so you can make this family friendly. A simple coconut based curry is cooked while you cook up some veggies so you can have dinner ready in under 3o minutes. It’s so flavorful for such little effort it’s quickly going to be a new favorite!

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How to Make Butternut Squash “Noodles”

If you can’t find these at your local grocery store (we sometimes buy already made butternut squash “noodles” at Whole Foods if we are short on time) you can spiralize them at home! A few tips:

How do you cook squash noodles

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Curry Butternut Squash Noodles

This Curry Butternut Squash Noodle recipe is an easy weeknight meatless dinner that is full of flavor and packed with veggies! A delicious curry sauce with tender butternut squash "noodles", peppers, onions and spinach can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes and is paleo,  gluten-free, dairy-free and keto and whole-30 friendly.


Yield 4-6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

Make the curry broth: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. When hot add ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, green curry paste and cumin. Stir and cook for 1 minutes.

  1. Add in coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, coconut sugar and sea salt. Whisk to combine.  Bring sauce to a boil and then lower the heat to low, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  2. Meanwhile sauté vegetables: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large sauté pan. Add peppers, onions, and a pinch of salt and cook until onions turn translucent and the peppers have started to softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add butternut squash "noodles" and sauté for an additional 5-7 minutes.  If adding the spinach, add at the end and toss until wilted.
  4. Divide vegetables in serving bowls and pour curry sauce over. Garnish with cilantro, scallions, and red chili pepper, if using, and enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. For keto or whole 30 omit the coconut sugar.
  2. This dish isn’t very spicy, but has a kick. If you don’t like spicy food, start with 1/4 teaspoon green curry paste and add more to taste while the sauce is cooking!
  3. You can add any veggies to this dish that you have on hand! Potatoes, carrots, corn, spinach, etc. If you add vegetables, add them in step 5 along with the peppers and onions with the exception of dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale. Add the leafy greens once the butternut squash has cooked for at least 5 minutes in step 6 and cook the leafy green just until it starts to wilt. If added before, the greens will be overcooked.

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These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are the cutest sweet treat, made even nicer because they are optionally free of the 14 most common allergens. Gluten free strawberry cookies are sandwiched between a dairy-free chocolate ganache with hidden strawberry jam in the middle. Made in partnership with our friends at Enjoy Life Foods.

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are magic! They almost taste like a nut-free macaron and they have an amazing strawberry flavor that is complimented so well with the chocolate ganache. They are coming just in time for Valentine’s Day too–the perfect sweet treat to share on this love-filled holiday. These sandwich cookies are made even sweeter though because they are free of the top 14 most common allergens, including nuts and dairy! That means these little cookies are also school safe–making them the perfect treat to pack away for your kids to share with friends! Or really, just a treat for yourself. You deserve it!

So let’s unpack what’s going on with these cookies: There are two strawberry cookies sandwiched with dairy-free chocolate ganache and a hidden center of strawberry jam that balances the whole thing out.

allergy free cookie recipe

There are a few steps needed to complete this recipe, but there isn’t anything hard to do! We use an electric mixer to make the cookie batter, but this doesn’t take much time. You can use either coconut oil or butter, and we enjoyed both versions equally. You’ll want the coconut oil to be solid at room temperature, and the same with the butter. It only takes a few minutes for the batter to come together, but once it does you’ll need to let it rest for about 10 minutes while the coconut flour hydrates, until it is no longer sticky.

Once it has rested all you need to do to form the cookies is scoop out a tablespoon sized amount of dough, roll it into a ball and pat it out to a 2″ circle on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. We tried a couple of different methods of making the circle completely round but found that patting it out was the easiest. The cookies won’t spread, so don’t worry about spacing them out very far apart and they should all fit on one standard size sheet pan.

soy free cookies

How do you make chocolate ganache

While the cookies are baking you can make the ganache. Making a ganache is simply heating up a milk and pouring it over chocolate! In this case we are using coconut milk and our favorite dairy-feee chocolate Enjoy Life mini chips which melt really easily and create a decadent ganache.

Once the cookies are cooled you’ll pipe a small circle of ganache on half of them, with a little hole left in the center for the strawberry jam to go in. We used piping bags for this, but you can just as easily use a plastic bag with a small hole cut out of one of the corners, or even just place a tablespoons sized amount of ganache in the middle will work.

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We wanted to make these Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies free of almost of the allergens out there so that they were able to be an inclusive Valentine treat for everyone, regardless of allergies or intolerances. This is especially relevant for school as there can be a lot of restrictions on what can be brought in. And this is why we love the chocolate from Enjoy Life! Enjoy Life baking chocolates are certified gluten-free, free-from 14 common allergens, verified Non-GMO, certified kosher, AND certified vegan and paleo-friendly, which makes them so inclusive for many different types of dietary restrictions. 

This month they’ve also launched the NEW Valentine’s Day Chocolate Minis! They would be a great option to bring into school and are the perfect size to share. They come in Dark Chocolate, Ricemilk Chocolate, Ricemilk Crunch (our favorite), and a variety pack. You can buy them right online here! We’ve been lucky enough to have been snacking on them this week, and they’re delicious! And as you can see below, they are also kid approved!

everything free cookies

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are the cutest sweet treat, made even nicer because they are optionally free of the 14 most common allergens. Gluten free strawberry cookies are sandwiched between a dairy-free chocolate ganache with hidden strawberry jam in the middle.


Yields 10 sandwich cookies
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 57 minutes



Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

For Strawberry Cookies

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

To assemble: 

  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves or jam (store-bought or you can make your own here)

Directions

For cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer, mix the coconut oil (or softened butter) and maple syrup until combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add vanilla, almond extract (if using) and salt and mix until combined, 30 seconds.
  4. Add in coconut flour, tapioca flour, and strawberry powder. Mix until combined.
  5. Let rest for 10 minutes until the dough has stiffened up slightly (see note).
  6. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on the prepared sheet pan and flatten slightly with your fingers to form a 2" circle.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes on middle rack.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely.

For ganache:

  1. Place Enjoy Life Mini Chips in a small heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut milk until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour over chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chips are covered by the hot milk. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. 
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut milk together until a smooth ganache is formed (see note). Let it cool at room temperature until it has thickened up and no longer hot, about 20 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Place the chocolate ganache in either a piping bag or in a plastic storage bag with a hole cut out of the corner of it for piping.
  2. Place half of the cookies with the bottom side up (the tan side). Pipe a circle of ganache on half of the cookies, living a space in the middle. Place a teaspoon strawberry jam in the middle. Place another cookie on top and gently press together.
  3. Best served the day they are made. Store in the refrigerator in a airtight container for 2 days.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make your own strawberry powder simply crush freeze-dried strawberries until they are a powder. We found this easiest to crush the strawberries in a big with a rolling pin. It’s ok if the strawberries are not a super fine powder.
  2. The almond extract enhances the strawberry flavor of this cookie. To make this nut-free omit the almond extract, as it is not essential.
  3. We like to weigh our coconut flour as a measurement that is over or under can make a big difference since coconut flour is so absorbent. So if you have a digital scale at home, use it here!
  4. The cookie batter will seem like thick frosting at first, as the coconut flour needs time to thicken up.
  5. If you'd like to make your own jam, check out this post.
  6. If the ganache isn't coming together it's because the coconut milk hasn't been heated up enough. You can gently heat the whole mixture until the chocolate is melted enough, either over a double boiler or gently in 15 second intervals in the microwave.
  7. If your chocolate ganache ever gets too cold for piping you can gently rewarm it it over a double-boiler or in the microwaves for 10 seconds at a time.
  8. If the cookies are kept longer than a day they will soften up. They're still delicious, just a slightly different texture than when they are freshly made.

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies (Allergen Friendly)

This Thai Curry Soup is my new favorite! I love all things Thai, and I especially love a filling, super flavorful soup. This dish is packed with so many of your CSA and farmer’s market veggies: Summer Squash, Bok Choy, Snap Peas, Basil, and Cilantro. It’ll be a hit of dinner, and then some with leftovers!

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Week 3 of my CSA summer series with PaleOMG & Fed and Fit is here! There are now 9 recipes in the series and they are SO amazing. Don’t forget to check out week 1 and week 2. I am in love with this series because I get to bring you all sorts of fabulous recipes with all the fresh ingredients from my farm and backyard, and ones that are in abundance for you, too! 

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These Homemade Chocolate Turtles are the ultimate lightened-up homemade candy. They’re so delicious and making them at home is easy, using only a handful of wholesome ingredients like our Vegan caramel, pecans and dark chocolate. They are the  perfect treat to have on hand in the fridge or freezer for when you want something sweet!

homemade chocolate turtles cupsHomemade Chocolate Turtles

Homemade Chocolate Turtles just might be the best homemade candy of all time. If you don’t know what a turtle is, let me tell you: It’s chocolate with homemade caramel and pecans. We made a handheld version that is easy to make and eat. Plus we lightened these up using vegan, dairy-free caramel and dark chocolate, so these are essential a healthy snack, right?! Run, don’t walk, into the kitchen to get started on these now!

Ingredients Needed:

How to Make Chocolate Turtles

To make these chocolate turtles you mostly just assemble ingredients. The only thing that needs to be prepared is the caramel. For this recipe, we are using our favorite vegan caramel. It is made with a handful of wholesome ingredients and is super simple to make requiring no special equipment and it’s made in just under 20 minutes. We tested this dairy-free caramel with three different types of unrefined sweeteners: maple syrup, honey and coconut sugar. They truly all have their own flavor, so you can make whichever you’d like. We really enjoyed using a mix of the coconut sugar and maple syrup for our turtles recipe.

Here is how simple it is to make the caramel: You put all of the ingredients in a medium-large pot and cook it over medium-high heat, undisturbed for about 15 minutes until it’s slightly thickened and darkened in color. Seriously, how easy is that? We wrote a whole post about it, so go check out all you need to know and the exact recipe to make it there.

You will want to let your caramel cool before trying to use it in this recipe. If possible, let it cool overnight in the refrigerator. As the recipe says, this caramel will be thin when it is first made and will thicken up as it chills.

Once you’ve got your cooled caramel you can mix in some pecan pieces and melt the chocolate. After that, there isn’t too much more to do other than assembling! We used a muffin tin to make our turtle cups. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with parchment paper or silicone liners and then add in some chocolate. Using a spoon, push the chocolate 1/3 of the way up the sides. Next, freeze it for 10 minutes. Then, add in the turtle mixture, before topping with more chocolate and sea salt if desired.

Making healthy turtles recipesHow to Melt Chocolate

We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler. Most people don’t have an actual double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is easy and it ensures you don’t over cook the chocolate. Overcooking the chocolate can make it separate, or “break”.

The microwave is an alternative way to melt chocolate. If you do use the microwave heat the chocolate in very short bursts, no more than 20 seconds, while whisking in between each time.

Stack of vegan chocolate turtlesHow to Eat and Store Chocolate Turtles Cups

These chocolate cups are best eaten when they are slightly warmed at room temperature (so the chocolate isn’t super hard), but they’re best stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

They’ll keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or slightly longer. And in the freezer they’ll keep for up to 3 months.

I like to store them in the freezer long term, and then grab out when I’m craving a healthy treat. Let it sit on a plate at room temperature for about 15 minutes and then it will be good to go!

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Homemade Chocolate Turtles

These Caramel Turtle Cups are the ultimate cleaned up homemade candy treat, that's delicious and easy. It uses our homemade Caramel and is perfect to have on hand in the fridge or freezer for when you want something sweet!


Yields 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-free
Make Ahead: Moderate
Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegan caramel, prepared and cooled
  • 1-1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) dark chocolate chips 
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup pecans, toasted and chopped finely
  • 12 whole pecans, for garnish

Directions

  1. Place parchment paper or silicone muffin liners in a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate using the double-boiler method: Bring a small saucepan of water to a simmer and place a heatproof bowl over the top. Make sure the simmering water isn't touching the bowl. Add the chocolate and the coconut oil to the bowl and slowly melt and stir the chocolate, whisking together at the end. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it's fully melted.
  3. In a small bowl combine cooled caramel and pecans and mix together.
  4. Place 2 teaspoons of chocolate into each of the molds with a spoon and gently push the chocolate 1/3 of the way up the sides of the parchment paper. Place in the freezer to harden for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from freezer and drop in about 1 tablespoon of caramel mixture into the center of the chocolate and smooth down.
  6. Top the caramel with 2 teaspoons melted chocolate and let sit for a few minutes before topping with whole pecan. 
  7. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.

Nutrition

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