Monday, June 4, 2012

Dad's Healthy Mounds Bites

Sometimes you feel like a .....

When we came across this recipe from Tess The Domestic Diva, it quickly and happily went onto our "to get to " list! So with Fathers Day quickly approaching, we knew this would be the perfect opportunity to try this recipe out. 

We are splurging this Fathers Day and giving dad a familiar, healthy version of the chocolate and coconut candy we all know so well. No guilt here with these ones. No refined sugar or other unwanted ingredients. Just real, nourishing food.

We are pretty sure you are going to be impressed and pleased once you try these out, assuming dad is going to want to share them with you!




Healthy Mounds Bites Recipe



Filling:
4 cups grated, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup softened or melted coconut oil
2-4 tablespoons agave nectar

Coating:
We used the following:
2 8oz. unsweetened baking chocolate bars, broken in pieces { We used more chocolate than the original recipe called for}
Agave nectar 1/4 cup or more depending on your taste
1 tablespoon coconut oil


OR:
1 1/2 dark chocolate pieces already sweetened.

OR:
6 unsweetened baking squares like Baker's brand in the baking isle and sweeten yourself with 1/4 cup coconut nectar or agave nectar.

In a food processor, put the filling ingredients and blend 1-2 minutes until well incorporated and smooth. If you find the mixture is not incorporating smoothly for you as we did, add a tiny bit of water to get thing s moving .  Taste for sweetness, add more if you like.    It is necessary the coconut oil be soft or melted so the mixture blends.   Line an 8 x 8 or similar sized  pan with waxed paper or parchment.  Pour the mixture in and spread around evenly. Place the  pan in the fridge or freezer to speed the solidifying process.  Meanwhile, melt your chocolate with the coconut oil.  Once solid, lift the whole chunk out by lifting the paper.  Cut into desired shapes.    Dip each piece in the chocolate, letting the excess drip back before laying it on a Silpat, parchment, or waxed paper to solidify.  Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the freezer. Unlike most coconut oil delicacies, these are solid at room temp and travel well out of refrigeration.


This is what they will look like one the are done. Unfortunately, we moved a few of ours around before they were completely set up, so if you see a few smudges or fingerprints here and there that is why.

We bet you would like to see the inside right?! Well get ready....here it is!
The center is moist, soft, but not like a cream filled chocolate, and oh so good! 


It will be hard not to have more than one of these little goodies!


To spiff up our Healthy Mounds Bites, we turned to the creative party style queen, Amanda's Parties To Go and her festive Free Father's Day printables. You know how we love Amanda's printable and party styling creations and ideas here.

These were designed to be cupcake toppers, but they have so many other great uses too! We had some left over cocktail forks we decided to use. We just taped them on the tie and presto! Cute!


If you would like to turn these into a "Almond Joy" type of treat, simply add a raw, whole almond after you have spread the filling into the pan. 



So lets keep dad and the rest of the family on the healthy eating lifestyle, or lets get on the healthy eating lifestyle path, whichever the case may be. Be inspired, Get creative!


By transgression an evil man is snared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.
Proverbs 29:6

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14 comments:

  1. These are absolutely adorable! The recipe looks delicious. Megan

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  2. These look yummy- I love mounds and am excited to try this healthier version!!!

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  3. My hubby definitely will love to see this on father's day...he love chocolate this going to cheer him a lot!

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  4. What a fun idea. They are so cute and I love that they are healthier!

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  5. These made my mouth water! Totally going to try out this recipe.

    -Kylie
    absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

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  6. These are amazing! I would make them for me, none for my husband, lol.

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  7. Soooo cute! I love the ties!!! Perfect for fathers day.....I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2012/06/sweet-saturday-link-party-v42.html

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  8. Chocolate & coconut?! I'm ALL IN - yum!! Thanks for sharing this at the {what's shakin' link party}!!

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  9. Those look delicious! And I love the tie picks!

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  10. Absolutely ADORE this!! Hope you can link this up at my new linky party Trendy Tuesday!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/06/trendy-tuesday-4.html

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  11. These look so yummy! What a great idea for Father's Day! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  12. Featuring YOU today! :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/06/25-cute-easy-fathers-day-gift-ideas.html

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  13. Just about to make these this afternoon, but being the baking novice I am, I must first confirm the "Coating" ingredients measurements:

    ? >>> "2 unsweetened baking chocolate bars, broken in pieces"...IS THIS (2) FULL SIZE 8oz BARS, or might it be (2)1oz squares?

    ? >>> "Agave nectar 1/4 or more depending on your taste"...
    IS THIS 1/4 Tspn or 1/4 TBSP, or 1/4 of something else?


    I can't wait to hear from you....These will be a sure hit at my house!

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