Chocolate Coconut Cubes
Desserts are yummy. Delicious. Addictive. And often our Achilles heal. And trying to cut them out out or give them up is not easy. I speak from experience!
It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it to lose weight, to avoid sugars and other processed ingredients, or to battle that often misdiagnosed issue of candida. It’s just plain hard to forgo that sweet tooth!
The ongoing battle
It’s an ongoing battle really. It’s not like you can simply wake up one day and never crave something sweet again. For me, the answer was found in two ways:
- spending time reading God’s word and studying the words ‘glutton’ or ‘honey’ (the sugar of Biblical times). This has been an eye-opener for me.
“It is not good to eat much honey; so to seek one’s own glory is not glory.
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” Proverbs 25: 27-28
- finding healthy desserts. Wait. Were those two words in the same sentence? Healthy and dessert?
To tell you the truth, there’s not a lot of desserts out there I would consider healthy, or even remotely allowed for someone on a candida diet. My good friend Sarah and I put together a cookbook for that very reason!
But one of my all-time favorite recipes calls for two of my favorite ingredients: coconut and cacao.
I’m sharing this recipe for a dear reader who shared with me her personal story/struggle with candida. Toward the end of her email she nearly broke my heart by saying, “after I seen your recipe on Ice Cream, I wanted to cry. LOL – I know it might seem odd but I just wanted to thank you for giving me hope.”
I can so easily remember that same thrill! To find a recipe that’s allowed, delicious, and healthy is like finding a needle in a haystack. So, S.H., these little gems are for you!
Desserts are yummy, but not all desserts are healthy. These chocolate coconut cubes fit the bill! Delicious, healthy, and candida-diet allowed.
- 1 1/2 cups coconut oil
- 1 cup cacao powder
- 1 cup nut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. stevia (to taste)
Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan.
Add cacao powder and nut butter and stir until well-blended.
Add vanilla and stevia to taste – just a little at a time will suffice – too much and it will start to taste bitter.
Measure one Tablespoon into each square of an ice cube tray and freeze. (You can also freeze it in a 9×13 pan and simply break into pieces.)
After about 1 hr. you can twist the ice cube trays and they’ll pop out just like ice cubes. (They melt quickly at room temperature).
Note: You can omit the nut butter if desired, but they will lose their 'fudgy' texture. We've also had fun dropping an almond into each square of the ice cube tray for a nice surprise when you bite into it.