Make your own vegan sugar-free chocolate pralines

Are you staying away from lactose, gluten, and refined sugar, but find it hard to kick the praline habit? Who says we need to kick any habit that makes us happy anyways? We can switch out a few ingredients and still enjoy delicious foods and snacks and pralines.

Look no further. This recipe requires no fancy equipment and it is quick and easy to do. It is also a great way to get creative with tastes and taste as you go to find that perfect praline for you. Replace sugar with manuka honey for a guilt-free sweet alternative (and don’t eat it too much like in a 90 degree cup of tea) that also does the following:

  • Improves digestion
  • Improves oral health
  • Soothes a sore throat
  • Helps to prevent ulcers
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-oxidant with many flavonoids
  • Contains Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C
  • Etc! And sugar does none of this

Yeah! It gets a bit nerdy here on NaturallyDrunk because we love the get the most out of life in a smart and well-informed manner. Knowledge is power and refined sugar makes you coco. So make the switch to manuka honey for a healtiher, more balanced and more positive life. Click here to read the scientific article Honey and its Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Oxidant Properties, published in the journal General Medicine by Vallianou et al in (2014).

Make your own vegan sugar-free chocolate pralines

Have you seen the movie Chocolat? Juliette Binoche finds her way to Johnny Depp’s heart with her mystical chocolate-infused sensuality. Her specialty is to find that special unique taste that sends you off to the seventh heaven. You can make your own mind-blowing pralines, completely sugar-free. So this is a very loose recipe–just the way I like them–with a list of ingredients that you can play around with, in a very creative way.

Ready to make your own vegan sugar-free chocolate pralines? Let’s go.

Make Your Own Vegan Candy

BASE RECIPE

  • 0,25 Cup Organic extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil 🌴
  • 0,5 Cup Organic cocoa powder (100% cocoa)
  • 0,5 Cup Organic almond flour (100% grounded almonds)
  • 1-2 tbsp Organic manuka honey (as potent as possible) 💪🏽

EXAMPLES OF EXTRAS

  • Squeeze in a bit of juice from an orange/lemon
  • Organic vanilla powder (100% vanilla)
  • Sea salt
  • Organic coconut flakes
  • Organic cayenne pepper for umpf
  • Organic cinnamon powder
  • Nutty? Crush some organic almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, brazil nuts (avoid mold-prone nuts like cashews/peanuts)
  • Chop some fresh berries, like raspberries or blueberries
  • Chop some dried fruits, like dates or raisins, just make sure they come without added sugar
  • A little bit of extra strong coffee (only if you want it even more bitter)

METHOD

Start by heating up the coconut oil a little bit if it isn’t fluid to make it really easy to mix everything together. Add almond flour and cocoa powder and mix it all together. Add manuka to taste and remember that some manukas are super sweet and others less sweet. Ok, now the fun part begins! Choose a couple of extra ingredients, mix them in, taste as you go and when you’re happy, roll them into small cute little balls and place them in mini paper cups. As the high level of cocoa can give the batter a bitter taste, I highly recommend that you squeeze in a bit of fresh orange/lemon juice to broaden the palette.

If the batter is too loose to roll, leave it in the fridge for 10 minutes and then roll them up. The coconut oil goes from 100% liquid to solid form depending on the temperature. When you have your pralines ready in the mini paper cups, place on a tray in the fridge for at least one hour. If you are like me you will grab one every 20th minute just to check on the progress… 😋

A little tip is to roll them in coconut flakes or finely chopped nuts at the end to give them a nice look!

Yes Honey, The Sky Is The Limit!

You can see that the sky is the limit here! And these preferences vary so much from person to person. I need a pinch of sea salt to make it interesting, and also love a little bit of cayenne for the umpf and because I am a huge fan of the many benefits of cayenne pepper. Go easy on the dried fruits–avoid them if you can–as they are so, so sweet and can send you into a crazy sugar spiral, which we are trying to avoid.

scrumptious vegan candy

Which Manuka Honey Is Best For You?

I will write an article about this soon, but for now, you can go to the How to Choose Manuka Honey: The Ultimate Guide to get an idea of how the different grading systems work. However, I disagree with their recommendations on choosing a non-medical manuka for ‘non-medical’ purposes. That is such a western mind-set, to just sit around for sickness before you do something, instead of having a lifestyle that prevents illness. Thing is, we all benefit from this potent honey’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory functions.

All our bodies deal with fighting against inflammation and bacterias all day long, so give it the best always, and let your budget decide which manuka to go for. Also remember that the manuka honey gets diluted in the stomach by digestive fluids when we swallow it, which lowers the potency of the honey significantly. So while 10+ UMF, which is the lowest grade medical-grade manuka, may seem like a potent enough choice, it is no longer ’10+ UMF’ once you digest it. So, don’t be shy to splurge on your manuka.

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