For the past few months, I’ve had a jar of coconut butter staring at me each time I open my pantry. I go into that pantry around 4 times a day, do the math..that’s a lot of stares.
It took some time, but I finally figured out what I wanted to make. Something rich, something creamy, something chocolate! This recipe took some twists and turns, but I finally settled on something worth posting. I started out making these…
…but quickly decided they needed some help. I love coconut oils and butters, but the flavor is VERY strong. The texture of these fudge squares was perfect, but the flavor..too strong. There is only one flavor I’ve been completely successful with when it comes to toning down the almost overwhelming flavor of the coconut, and it just so happens to be a classic flavor.
Chocolate has a way of covering up the coconut flavor like nothing else! This experiment reminded me of the time I tried to get wild using coconut oil in a vanilla frosting, but was reminded why I always go with chocolate. I still haven’t figured out how to make it work!
Double Chocolate Cocoa Melts
- 1 cup softened/melted coconut butter (should be well combined, soak your jar in hot water and stir well before adding to the mix)
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tblsp maple syrup
- 3 tblsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 2 tblsp tiny dark chocolate chips
- handful of large dark chocolate chips
- Combine coconut butter, almond butter, vanilla, and maple syrup into a sauce pan and stir until well combined.
- Once combined add in the cocoa powder, stir, and then add in the tiny chocolate chips.
- Heat on low until the chocolate chips are melted into the mix.
- Once combined, pour into a wax paper lined 8×8 (or something similar) dish and sprinkle (as many as you want) the large chocolate chips on top.
- Place dish into the freezer until hardened.
Not only do you get to satisfy your sweet craving with these rich and smooth melts, they’re JAM packed full of HEALTHY fats AND minerals from the cocoa. Sure, there is some sugar in the chocolate chips/maple syrup..but we can just highlight the benefits! 😉 Besides, these are SO rich, you’ll be completely satisfied with just one square. I know..who am I!
Q: Do you have a good vegan fudge recipe?! Send me the link!
52 thoughts on “Double Chocolate Cocoa Melts”
So I have found that using refined coconut oil vs. unrefined is a good option for trying to eliminate the coconut flavor. Made a “cheeseball” from Somer at Vedged Out (which was so good!) and she made that recommendation. Worked great! Your treats look divine!
OH wonderful!! Good to know, thank you for sharing!
kathy @ vodka and soda
OMG GET IN MY BELLY!! if i ever visit seattle, i’m going to go to your house to eat all of your things 🙂
IF!? What is this IF shit…I think you mean WHEN.
These sound utterly divine! I think I need to make them!
Change of Pace
Delicious!!! And gorgeous photos, too 🙂
I need to get busy in the kitchen and start trying some of your recipes (still dreaming of that pie, too)!
Alex @ therunwithin
dear god you are toying with my taste buds, I want those!!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I’m fully convinced that chocolate can solve all the world’s problems. When in doubt, just add/eat chocolate 😀 These look delicious, girl!
Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures
Oh yummy!! Yes, working with coconut stuff is A LOT, and a little goes such a long way! I don’t know if I could ever even try coconut butter – seems like too much for me. 🙂 Your chocolate concoction, however… very enticing!!!!
WHO are you lately?!? So many delicious treats. You are like betty crocker.. only a thousand times better. These look heavenly and I need to make them. YUM!!
DUDE, I know. I seriously had this same thought earlier..my blog has been filled with creations lately. I have TWO drafts right now with MORE recipes. AND I am searching for new ideas. I’m out of control.
Life After Swimming
Holy yum!!! You are my vegan kitchen idol. Send your amazingness this way, please!
Have you tried refined coconut? It has barely any flavor. It may be good for baking. Those look Delicious!
Wonderful tip, thank you!!! I will try this!
I just made an incredible chocolate cake yesterday which called for a buttermilk merengue filling and buttermilk chocolate frosting. It was DELISH but I was appalled at the amount of butter it required. I need a butter substitute. Is coconut butter a good substitute?
Your cake sounds deliciously dangerous…thank God I am a vegan because I would do some serious damage to a cake like that. Coconut oil actually works really well with chocolate flavored cakes as a butter substitute. Also, applesauce works, avocado, and there are also tons of ideas online.
I’ve never experimented with subbing coconut butter for actual butter, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I say GO FOR IT!
Nicole @ FruitnFitness
I love coconut butter! I have never made fudge but these sound really good. I wouldn’t have thought that fudge would seem so simple to make. I’ll have to try this.
Food, Booze, & Baggage
These sound really good! I’ve never used coconut butter before (oil yes but not butter)…will have to look it up.
And I wasn’t hungry until I came here! I should know better by now!
I actually just made some homemade coconut butter, so these are getting made ASAP!! They sound so freaking good….
Oh my gah! I’ve had a jar of coconut butter in my pantry since summer and haven’t had a clue what to do with it. I’m going to get the other things I need to make this today. 😀
oh brit, my favorite food posts are always the ones that start with a recipe that’s not so good, cause it shows the honesty and thought that goes into the post that you’re claiming *is* good 🙂 wish i could come over and have a mega-bite!
Rach @ This Italian Family
Oh dear gracious, these look amazing!
Sooooo good! So… bad for me!
HOGWASH, so very GOOD for you. 🙂
Amy @ A Desert Girl
Those look…what’s the word I’m looking for here… OH AMAZING!! Yes, please.
The Zen Kat
I would never have thought to buy coconut butter. I want to try baking with it now. This recipe looks amazing!
Can you seriously come over to my house and bake these for me?! I can give you some really good bags of coffee in exchange, haha.
This is such a tempting offer….
Matt @ Runner Savvy
Yum! Coconut butter is freaking delicious.
The Vegan 8
These are basically how I make my brownies, I just add oat flour! They are to die for! Oh, and YES, I do have an awesome fudge recipe and wouldn’t you know, it has coconut butter in it. I love coconut butter because it is a whole food and not oil. I’m not a fan of coconut oil…too greasy. Here is the link to the fudge since you asked and it’s only 3 ingredients. SO easy 🙂 http://thevegan8.com/2013/08/05/3-ingredient-fudge/
The Vegan 8
Oh, and these look AWESOME by the way…I’m so going to make these!!
YES, thank you for sharing!!
Hmm… hows a girl supposed to make these when a major ingredient is missing from her pantry -aka coconut butter 😦 😦 😦 I guess I’ll just have to pretend I’m enjoying one by staring @ your photos.
GiGi Eats Celebrities
Do I have a good vegan fudge recipe? That’s like asking me if I bought milk at the store today.
Milk is for cows. You my friend are not a cow, which means you did not buy milk, which means you DO NOT HAVE A recipe for vegan fudge. I should solve murders….
GiGi Eats Celebrities
Sherlock will be calling you today!!!!!
yummmmmmy i should have you made all 200 fudge favors for the wedding! seriously…. these look fantastic. i love the last picture and how the background is blurry – you are getting very professional with that camera.
Girl, that fudge look legit.
*Looks! I was distracted by your cocoa melts.
An Unrefined Vegan
They BOTH look amazing – – I mean seriously delicious. A big hunk of either one of those melts and a hot cup o’ latte. Sigh.
Choc Chip Uru
This fudge looks mega amazing, my mouth is actually watering 😀
Choc Chip Uru
You make me laugh. I’ve always wondered if using coconut oil gave things an air of coconut, like for example coconut oil rosemary roasted potatoes might taste a little off.
These squares sound amazing, especially if I could get by with just one a sitting, although I might take two just to be a rebel.
I love it Brittany, yes really i love it, Your hard to post this article is really superb & I appreciate you thinking ! It’s so amazing & it makes me Hungary really.
shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
Oh my goodness – am all over these like almond skin on almonds! Good golly – I LURVE coconut butter, almond butter and chocolate by themselves, together they just blow my mind! I really need to make these – thank you for sharing!
Christina Does It All
Sigh. I keep requesting that you come cook for and hang out with me. WHERE ARE YOU?! 😉
is it too much pressure to let you know i keep checking for a new post???
Girl, whenever we meet (and hopefully that’s soon!), I really really really want one of these!! You know how much I adore chocolate… And fudge… And more chocolate… And more fudge… These look phenomenal!! So rich and decadent — yum!! And I have the same problem with a certain jar of PB and a certain bar of dark chocolate in my pantry. And since I run a food blog for a living, I open my pantry doors more than 4 times a day. Pure torture! 😉
So much chocolate, good lord, I love it! Your pictures have me salivating, haha!
Melissa @ Al Forno Mementos
mmm you should definitely put this in a giveaway … just saying. 😛
Mmmmm…so yummy looking!
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