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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Cherries ♥


In honor of Food Buzz as a featured publisher..(http://www.foodbuzz.com/) flavor of the month being stone fruit, I thought I would make a healthy sugar free version of homemade chocolate covered cherries.. these remond me of when I was little and my Grandpa used to eat the storebought ones, and Grandma used to say "Boris not too many!" so he would hide them upstairs away from her! :) 



For the chocolate:
6 TBSP. Melted Coconut Oil (you could use half melted cacao butter and half coconut oil)
6 TBSP. Cacao, Cocoa or Carob Powder
2 tsp. raw honey (regular honey works just as well)
1/4 tsp. Stevia extract powder

For the filling:
2 tsp. raw honey
2 tsp. organic butter, softened fat free of course!
1/2 cup
Xylitol, powdered
15 frozen cherries (dark sweet, whole fruit, no sugar)

Let cherries sit out and thaw. Place on paper towels to dry.

Thoroughly blend the cocoa powder (or cacao or carob) with the melted oil (or butter/oil). Stir in raw honey and mix well until the honey is dissolved throughout the mixture (may require the use of a double broiler, or heating the mixture). Stir in the stevia extract until well combined. Set mixture aside.

Lightly grease the cavities of your chocolate covered cherry mold with olive oil or melted coconut oil. Place mold in freezer.
Blend the honey with the softened butter until well combined. Beat the butter and honey mixture with the powdered xylitol until well combined. Set aside.
Take the chocolate molds out of the freezer and come to your chocolate mixture. Place about 1/2 tsp. of the melted chocolate into the cavity. Spread around the cavity with your finger until enough chocolate is coating the cavity. Repeat with other chocolate molds. Place in the freezer to set.
Take 1/3-3/4 tsp. of xylitol mixture and wrap it around each cherry. There should be enough to wrap around the cherry 3/4 around, or more. Set aside. Take out chocolate molds, place cherries with mixture covering them into the chocolate cavities. Pour in 1 tsp. of melted chocolate over the cherries to seal the candies. It might be more, depending on how large your candies are. Place into the freezer to set.
Take the candies out of the freezer, turn the candy mold upside down, lightly tap and enjoy. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 15 chocolate covered cherries.enjoy!

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