Chocolatey Coconut Oil Candy Cups (AIP Friendly)
With no refined sugar and a healthy dose of energy boosting coconut oil, these candy cups are quite satisfying. You won’t feel the need to eat more than one!
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
In the Paleo community, coconut oil is a staple food for many good reasons.
- Solid at room temperature, coconut oil is composed of about 90% saturated fat. Saturated fat is needed for energy, hormone production, healthy cell membranes, and padding for our organs.
- Coconut oil is easy to digest and doesn’t need bile in order to be broken down and used by the body, so it’s especially good for people who have gallbladder issues or difficulty digesting fat.
- Lauric acid, a component of coconut oil, is converted to monolaurin by the body. Monolaurin has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
- A study from 2009 showed coconut oil can actually help lower total cholesterol while boosting “good” HDL cholesterol and lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol.
- Coconut oil’s role in weight loss is illustrated in another study from 2011.
Chocolatey Candy Cups
I originally created this recipe using chocolate and almond butter, but when I started the autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet and could no longer eat those foods, I altered the recipe to make it AIP friendly. Either way, they are quite tasty and satiating. Keep in the refrigerator to prevent melting.
With no refined sugar and a healthy dose of energy boosting coconut oil, these candy cups are quite satisfying. You won't feel the need to eat more than one!
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (or carob powder for AIP)
- 1/2 cup almond butter (or coconut butter for AIP)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (alcohol free for AIP)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- sea salt (to sprinkle on top, if desired)
- Place all ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth.
- Divide among 8 silicone cupcake molds, and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.
- Place in refrigerator until hardened.
- Enjoy a delicious dose of healthy fat!
Keep in the refrigerator to prevent melting.