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Orange & Walnut Chocolate Candies

28. December 2013|Martina|8

When creating this recipe, I was inspired by the delicious Crunchy Cherry Chocolate Confections from Low-carb So Simple. I wanted to make dairy-free "fat bombs", so I added some coconut oil for extra fat-burning MCTs.

Why fat bombs? If you follow a ketogenic diet plan, you probably know that the main source of energy should come from fat. Fat bombs are easy snacks high in healthy fats and very low in carbs and protein. They are great for those who find it difficult to include more healthy fats in their diet.

The first time I made these candies, I used 100g / 3.5 oz of dark chocolate and they melted outside the fridge. This was down to excessive coconut oil which melts at room temperature. After experimenting with different amounts, I found the mixture that worked well. These candies are not too hard and yet remain solid at room temperature.

Preparation time:

Hands-on:        15 minutes
Overall:      1 - 2 hours

Nutritional values per candy:

Total Carbs2.4grams
Fiber0.93grams
Net Carbs1.5grams
Protein1.5grams
Fat8.4grams
of which Saturated3.7grams
Energy86.4kcal
Potassium63mg

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (6.8%), protein (6.7%), fat (86.4%)

Ingredients (makes 25 candies):

  • 125g dark chocolate, 85% cocoa (4.4 oz)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil (55g / 1.9 oz)
  • 1 ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped (150g / 5.3 oz)
  • 1 tbsp orange peel, fresh
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 10-15 drops of stevia or other healthy low-carb sweetener from this list (I personally don't use any)
  • 1 tbsp natural orange extract, PG-free (optional, not needed)

Note: When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives)

Instructions:

  1. Melt the chocolate in a water bath, add coconut oil and cinnamon. Sweeten with stevia if needed and mix well.
  2. Add fresh orange peel and orange food extract. Food extract is not needed but will boost the flavour.
  3. Add roughly chopped walnuts and mix in well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into small paper muffin or candy cups.
  5. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours or until solid. Store them at room temperature.

Comments (8) -

Maria 1/2/2014 2:34:36 AM #
Maria

These are delicious! Made them today and couldn't wait to try them Smile

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Martina @ KetoDiet 1/2/2014 5:24:32 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

I did the same - ate some of the mixture before spooning it in the paper cups and couldn't figure out how many candies one recipe makes. So, I made them again Smile

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Carolyn 1/2/2014 1:17:45 PM #
Carolyn

These look delicious! I am pinning them...

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Martina @ KetoDiet 1/2/2014 5:23:23 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Carolyn - yes, they really are Smile

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Elviira 1/3/2014 3:23:30 PM #
Elviira

Great to hear that my recipe gave you some inspiration! Your version looks absolutely delicious! I'm totally in love with freshly grated orange peel -- it gives fresh and elegant flavor without too many carbs. The combination of orange and dark chocolate is simply divine!

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Martina @ KetoDiet 1/3/2014 5:37:07 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Elviira, I've also tried your version with cherry flavour - delicious!

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Jade 2/25/2014 9:41:41 AM #
Jade

Thanks for the recipe Martina and Elviira, these are really nice. I personally didn't use any sweetener in my first batch and I wont change that next time round.

What percentage of carbs is your dark chocolate btw? The lowest in carbs i could find at Coles (Australia) was 22% (which also happened to be organic!).

Also, if your worried about them melting at room temperature, would it be beneficial to temper the chocolate before adding the coconut oil? I'm no expert in the area, and did not try this for my batch but perhaps someone who knows a bit more about it could comment.

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Martina @ KetoDiet 7/3/2014 6:37:49 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Jade! Just noticed your comment - the notifications don't work brilliantly. I think the chocolate I use has about 20 g net carbs in 100g / 3.5 oz (85% dark chocolate from Green & Black's). I think tempering the chocolate won't work, it's the coconut oil I'm afraid, that's what always gets soft. Thanks for trying them! Smile

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