Paleo Diet Recipes - Candy Cups

Make Your Own Candy Cups

We all get that craving for chocolate, but there are people who try not to give into their cravings because it is what their activities require. But then there are holidays when you have a surplus of sweets and you just can’t hold back. And when the holidays are done, you still have a hangover and still crave for more. This candy cups Paleo diet recipe is sure to get you all set and have your cravings for chocolate finally satisfied.

Paleo Diet Recipes - Candy Cups

We all have those friends, colleagues and family members who lead an active lifestyle or are athletes. During the holidays, all the discipline they have in terms of food can become a little lenient. Soon they crave more and will ask for that one last dessert before they go back to their usual diet. In my case, I get these questions personally and through my social media accounts. So I found this great dessert that can help not only those who practice Paleo but also athletes that need a break from their strict diet.

It’s not wrong to indulge in candy cups, as long as it is not often and it only has healthy ingredients. If you are into strict Paleo diet, then let me stop you here. Although it’s tempting to make these candy cups, strict Paleo does not have such desserts. These are also still sweets, so chomping down on these candy cups is no longer considered healthy. You can enjoy making these with your kids and freeze the candy cups for later. These may also be a great dessert idea when you have an upcoming party.

Chocolate Candy Cups
Recipe type: Anytime
Cuisine: Sweet
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A great Paleo diet snack or treat that is made using only good quality chocolate that is on any approved Paleo food list.
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup (237 g) Dark Chocolate of Your Choice (The Darker, The Better!)
  • 1 Cup (237 g) Smooth Almond Butter
  • ½ Cup (118 g) Shredded Coconut - Unsweetened
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Honey (Organic/Raw)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Coconut Oil
  • Pinch of Salt
Instructions
  1. • Ready your mini muffin tins. You may line the tins with paper liners or not. The paper liners are great if you’re making this for a party or giving these as gifts.
  2. • Melt your dark chocolate using a microwave or a double broiler. If you don’t have both, you can improvise using a small saucepan and a stoneware bowl or any bowl that has the same quality. Put water in the saucepan and bring it to the boil.
  3. Put the dark chocolate in the bowl and place the bowl on top of the saucepan. Make sure the bowl nests well on the rim of the saucepan. Stir the dark chocolate continuously until it melts.
  4. • Using a processor or blender, combine and puree the almond butter, shredded coconut, honey, oil, and salt until smooth and mixed well.
  5. • Put a spoonful of mixture in the muffin tins. Pour the melted chocolate on top of each. Once all tins have the mixture and chocolate, give the tins a firm whack on the counter. This will help cover the bottom of each one.
  6. • If you’re into nuts, you can top each candy cup with almonds before freezing.
  7. • Freeze the cups for 30 minutes or more.
  8. • If you’re not using paper liners, you can loosen the edges of the tins using a sharp knife and pop out each candy cup.
  9. • Let the cups sit for five minutes before serving. Enjoy!
If you think dark chocolate is not for athletes, then recent studies will prove you wrong. There are recently published studies that focus on the performance of athletes who ate dark chocolate and those who did not. The most notable research comes from Rishikesh Kankesh Patel who carried out research in relation to the similarities between beetroot juice and dark chocolate and their benefits for athletes.

Patel was a postgraduate research student at Kingston University in the UK. Patel’s team studied nine amateur cyclists, with a seven-day interval within two-week intervals and exercise tests. The people involved in the study were healthy individuals and though they are still amateur, the individuals are dedicated cyclists. Each group of cyclists were given different types of chocolate then tested. The results made it clear that cyclists who consumed dark chocolate performed better and were able to cycle for longer than their initial tests and when they consumed other types of chocolate.

Paleo Food - Dark Chocolate

There are two important factors found in dark chocolate that may have been the key to the success of this study. Flavanols/flavonoids and nitric oxide.

The most effective flavanol/flavonoid in dark chocolate is Epicatechin, a strong antioxidant that can help the heart to stay healthy and also has an insulin mimic action. This means dark chocolate can actually help reduce the risk of strokes, heart failure, diabetes and even cancer.

Paleo Food - Cocoa Beans

The same flavanol/flavonoid is responsible for producing more nitric oxide in the body. The increased levels of nitric oxide in the body that allows the body to use less oxygen while dilating the blood vessels. This means that oxygen gets delivered consistently to the body and helps the endurance of the athletes. With higher endurance, an athlete can perform better and run, hike, swim, bike or exercise for a longer time.

This study opened the world of endurance athletes to a snack that can help them perform better while enjoying a real treat. However, don’t forget that dark chocolate is still considered a sweet and may still cause weight gain when consumed in large amounts. You also need to consider the dark chocolate you buy and go for 70% cocoa instead of anything lower. Dark chocolate is best with 70% or higher content of cacao. So when making these candy cups, make sure you use the right type of dark chocolate and don’t eat it all at once. After all, eating chocolate is better and more rewarding when done occasionally.

 

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