Healthy Homemade Cacao Bites

It’s finally Friday! I hope that you have had a good week. Mine was uneventful, but the weather has been fantastic in Salt Lake City, and I’m adjusting to running in the hot sun.

This weekend we’re off  to Southern Utah to try out our fancy new tent and see how the puppy likes camping. I’m a little worried that he will bark all night long, but hopefully some long-ish hikes will wear him out.

In order to get ready for our trip, I moved my long run to Thursday. It was hot and exhausting, and afterwards I was craving a frozen treat. Since camping = lots of s’mores, I wanted to keep it relatively healthy, or at least low in sugar.

I’ve seen lots of recipes for paleo chocolate made with coconut oil and cocoa powder, and I decided to give one a try. Since I don’t avoid grains, I added some puffed quinoa for a bit of crunch, and I dolloped peanut butter in a few, because, why not?

These are just about the easiest dessert you could make, and they are ready in 30 minutes! I love these frozen, but you could also chill them in the refrigerator…your call.


1/4 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup raw cacao powder (or regular, but the flavor will be less intense)

1-2 tablespoons maple syrup

optional add-ins: dried cherries or cranberries, puffed rice or quinoa, nut butter (I used dried cherries, peanut butter, and puffed quinoa)


1. Melt coconut oil over medium heat.

2. Remove from heat and whisk in cacao powder until completely smooth. Stir in maple syrup.

3. Spray 12 mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the coconut/cacao mixture into the tins, distributing evenly.

4. If adding nut butter, place a very small dollop in the center and swirl with a knife. Sprinkle dried cherries or puffed grains over the top, and allow to sink.

5. Freeze until solid, about 30 minutes.

Makes 12 servings.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Do you know of a substitute for coconut oil? I know it’s healthy but my son has a coconut allergy. Thanks! I have been wanting to try a chocolate recipe.


    1. Is he also allergic to palm oil? I don’t know of any other plant based oils that are solid at room temperature. For this recipe you could substitute a nut butter-cashew might be good- mixed with mashed banana. I think that might freeze well, especially if you add some crunchy puffed grains.


  2. emilyinutah says:

    Yum–these look delicious!!


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