Homemade Two-Bite Chocolates

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Lisa Codina shares her culinary journey and delicious family friendly recipes on her website Bites for Babies and in her cookbook, Bites fro Babies: 50 Healthy Recipes For Baby and The Family.  With two young kids and a thriving culinary business in Canada, we’re excited to have her share her decadent two-bite chocolate recipe: 
The holiday season is a time to be thankful for blessings, spend quality time with loved ones, throw dinner parties, and of course, eat way too many sweets and desserts! These decadent, homemade two-bite chocolates are treats that you can feel good about eating and giving to your children.
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I created this recipe a while back and since then it’s become my go-to, super simple recipe to serve to dinner guests, bring to friends and family during the holiday season, and of course, to keep stashed in the freezer to appease my sweet tooth when in dire need! The recipe is foolproof, requires only a few basic ingredients to prepare, and did I mention that they are absolutely delicious?!
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My family’s quite happy with this recipe however, I have modified the recipe on many occasions. You can personalize the recipe to suit your taste or make a copycat rendition of your favorite chocolate bar by adding a variety of ingredients, such as lemon/orange zest, raisins, crushed nuts, coconut flakes, a pinch of cayenne, peppermint or vanilla extract or sea salt, just to name a few!
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Ingredients
(Yields 30-40 chocolates, depending on size)
1 cup extra-virgin coconut oil, at room temperature
1/4 cup organic agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

1) In a large food processor, blend all the ingredients, scraping down the sides of the food processor a few times, until smooth and combined.
2) Using a teaspoon, scoop out the chocolate then dollop into a non-stick tray or a baking sheet or mini-muffin tin lined with parchment paper.
3) Flatten the chocolate with the underside of the spoon and/or gently tap the tray onto the counter to smooth out the chocolate.
4) Sprinkle each chocolate with your garnish of choice (or combine in the batter, if preferred).
5) Allow to set in the freezer for at least 3-4 hours.
6) Remove from the freezer, transfer to a plastic freezer bag or an air-tight container. Keep frozen until served.
7) Remove from the freezer about 4-5 minutes before serving.
*These soften very quickly so it’s best to eat them right out of the freezer. The longer they sit at room temperature the more they will soften and loose their consistency.

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Win It: Lisa is giving away a copy of her iBook or eBook, Bites for Babies!  To enter, visit her website, Bites For Babies, and leave a comment below.  Let us know if you’re following her culinary goodness (and glimpses of summers in Italy!) on twitter, instagram, facebook and pinterest – and you’ll get an extra entry.

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