From avocados to kale, tons of plants have enjoyed time in the limelight over the past few years. But perhaps none have remained in the public eye as long as coconut.
Coconut oil may be the star of the coconut trend, but that doesn’t mean coconut flakes haven’t claimed their own place at the table. When you combine these flavorful and textural wonders with the goodness that is chocolate, they’re an unstoppable force. Cash in on the trend with any of these six delectable chocolate and coconut recipes.
These chocolate coconut cups have it all—without having much of anything unhealthy. They’re vegan, gluten-free, paleo, plant-based, and utterly delicious. The easy-to-pronounce ingredients list includes the likes of shredded coconut, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, and dark chocolate chips. The cups will keep for up to two weeks in an airtight container or for up to two months in the freezer, but odds are good they won’t last that long.
These decadent bars are sort of like a northern twist on Hello Dollies, which are a hugely popular dessert in the south. And when one of the ingredients is “finely ground cookies,” you know a dessert is gonna be good! Semisweet chocolate chips or chunks, sweetened condensed milk, and sweetened shredded coconut ensure this dessert will satisfy the very sweetest of teeth.
The name of this dessert may be sort of nondescript, but its textures and flavors are anything but. The cake-like texture boasts the richness of a brownie thanks to the use of cocoa powder, a ganache made from chocolate chips, and both coconut extract and coconut flakes. Best of all, you won’t have to make a giant mess in order to enjoy this dessert—most of the mixing can be done in one bowl.
Half an hour and nine ingredients is all it takes to whip up these tasty cookies—no oven required. They’re also naturally sweetened, vegan, and can easily be gluten-free, so you can indulge your culinary laziness and feel good about it, too! The relatively wholesome ingredients list includes the likes of coconut sugar, unsweetened almond milk, coconut oil, unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened shredded coconut, rolled oats, and natural peanut or almond butter.
These classic blondies are jam-packed with rich flavor thanks to heaps of shredded coconut, a full cup of dark chocolate, melted butter, and brown sugar. (If you want to up the flavor ante even more, you’re encouraged to experiment with adding some ground cinnamon to the batter.) This complexity of flavors is surprisingly simple to achieve—no mixer required! The perfect blend of soft and chewy, these will have you drooling for more.
These surprisingly wholesome coconut bites require only four simple ingredients (and white sugar is nowhere to be found on the list): unsweetened finely shredded coconut, brown rice syrup, pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt. The ingredients for the chocolate sauce are equally simple; they consist of nothing more than antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and healthy-fat-packed coconut oil. Simply dunk the coconut squares in the chocolate sauce, let them set in the fridge, and then eat your heart out.
As these recipes prove, chocolate and coconut are a match made in heaven. While other superfoods may come and go, coconut has earned a permanent place in the plant hall of fame.