Paleo Chocolate Covered Coconut Macadamia Candy Recipe
I love coconut and growing up Almond Joy candy bars were always one of my favorites. But now that I am older and more conscious of what we are eating I try to make things fresh and with real ingredients. The less processed the better. We also love all the health benefits of coconut and coconut oil, so I decided to try making my own chocolate covered coconut candies. These would be great for Valentine’s Day is you cut the coconut filling in the shape of a heart and topped it with the macadamia nut, then dipped them in chocolate. I simply cut them in whatever shapes I wanted, but you can be much neater than I and make them look super pretty. Enjoy!
- 4 cups dried, unsweetened coconut
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted (you may need more depending on coconut)
- 4 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
- macadamia nuts
- 1½ cups of bittersweet chocolate (for Paleo, use unsweetened chocolate and add honey to reach desired sweetness)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- In your food processor, process the dried coconut, coconut oil and agave nectar until a paste is formed.
- Use more coconut oil if necessary.
- Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper.
- Spread the coconut mixture over the parchment paper.
- Press the macadamia nuts into the coconut mixture.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator to harden the mixture.
- Once the mixture has hardened, remove it from the pan gently.
- Cut into desired shapes.
- Melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil, you can use the microwave or double boiler method.
- Dip the coconut pieces in the chocolate mixture and place on silpat or parchment to harden.
- Serve or store up to one week.