Christmas would not be the same without chocolate! Whether it is given as a gift or included as part of the days' menu, there is no denying its importance on Christmas Day and during the festive season. However many of the store bought varieties are full of nasty additives, preservatives and way too much sugar.
Since starting Becomingness, I have shared many healthy chocolate recipes (see HERE) which will provide you with lots of healthy chocolate options for Christmas. My latest chocolate recipe, Caramel & Macadamia Chocolate Cups is no exception and will be sure to impress your guests.
I am still yet to perfect a healthy chocolate that you can place in a gift box to give away as a present. You will be the first to know I come up with something.
For more Christmas recipe options, make sure to check out my collection HERE
I hope you enjoy my Caramel & Macadamia Chocolate Cups.
Caramel & Macadamia Chocolate Cups
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (raw/organic honey or rice malt syrup would also work)
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 6 medjool dates, pits removed
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoons tahini (both unhulled and hulled tahini work)
- 1/4 cup raw or organic honey (organic maple syrup would also work)
- 1/2 cup macadamias
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup water
- 24 raw macadamias
- 24 mini muffin liners
To make the chocolate coating, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat. Once melted, remove from heat, add the maple syrup, whisking briskly until well combined. Then add the cacao powder, stirring until well mixed through.
To make the caramel filling, place all filling ingredients in a high speed blender and process until completely combined and smooth. You may need to add a little more water to help blend the ingredients.
To make the caramel & macadamia chocolate cups, place 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture into each mini muffin liner and swirl around to coat the sides, place the liner into the mini muffin tray. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to set. Once the chocolate has set, spoon the caramel filling into each one and place one of the macadamias into and lightly press down. Then cover with more of the chocolate mixture and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours to set.
I recommend storing these in the freezer. Allow to thaw slightly before eating.
Vanessa Vickery (or Ness as she is also known) is a qualified nutritionist and a mother of two energetic toddlers. She created Becomingness, a health and wellness website, to help women achieve their health and wellness goals by providing accurate, accessible information, as well as offering valuable products and services that promote motivation, empowerment, self-belief and happiness. Come say hello and follow Ness onFacebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.