Lately I've been laying low in the sugar and chocolate department in favor of higher protein and fat foods as my body and mind function so much better that way and its easy for me to get carried away on the sweet treats. The vanilla choco chip protein bars and carob protein bites I posted recently have just enough sweetness from stevia and a bit of coconut nectar but today I have a treat that's completely sugar free.
I took advantage of coconut's natural sweetness in this treat. And the fact is, this is nothing new to most of us. We've all been eating coconut butter for ages, and DIY coconut butter has become increasingly popular too. For years I've been making my own in the vita mix but I find that there's an important secret for amazing coconut butter. The dried coconut must be high quality!!! I've found that pure, organic, raw coconut that's dried at low temperatures without preservatives/sulfites works the best. I tried it with regular storebought coconut once long ago in a pinch. I already knew the downfall of using crappy "regular" sulfite/preservative filled, high heated coconut but I did it anyway because I ran out of the good stuff. Oh boy, what a mistake. Never again... it tasted gross and the oils separated. I threw it out. And not to worry if you live in a place where you can't get access to good coconut, like me. There are many places to order online depending where you live.
Coconut Butter Cups
So here you have it. The best sugar free treat ever!!! They keep forever, but I doubt they'll last ;) Perfect treat when you need a little something. You can sprinkle coconut flakes into the bottom of the muffin cups first or just sprinkle them on the top.
3 cups dried shredded coconut
1 vanilla bean
cashews or other nut, optional
coconut flakes, optional
Blend the shredded coconut in a high speed blender (use tamper) or food processor until warm and liquid.
Add in vanilla bean seeds. Blend to incorporate.
Pour the mixture into mini silicone muffin cups or molds.
Push a few cashews down into the mixture and sprinkle with coconut flakes.
Chill in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
Mint Chip Cups: Add peppermint essential oil, spirulina for green color, and cacao nibs!
Chocolate Chip Coconut Cups!
Simply add cacao nibs along to the vanilla coconut butter. Add a few drops of stevia if you want more sweetness.
Try other flavors too, like Orange Goji : Add orange zest or orange essential oil and goji berries. Lemon Coconut : Add lemon zest/essential oil, and coconut flakes.
The possiblities are endless! Add any dried fruits and nuts you like, essential oils or extracts.
I think they look so pretty with the coconut flakes on top. Delicious and easy!
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