Coconut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Oranges

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Coconut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Oranges | Reclaiming Yesterday

[I made these cute little Coconut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Oranges for Earth Fare!

Do you guys remember Magic Shell Chocolate? 

As a kid, there was nothing more exciting. But then I discovered that I could use my beloved coconut oil to make HOMEMADE, HEALTHY chocolate that also had a Magic Shell effect. And, to be honest, that was pretty much life changing. 

Coconut oil contains saturated fats, which are liquid and pourable at warmer temps, but harden as they cool. (That’s where the magic hardening effect comes in, but more about that in a sec)

If that word ‘saturated fat’ made you a little bit nervous right now, you may be new around here. 

The reason it may have made you nervous, (and the reason it made me nervous up until about 4 years ago) is this: for the past 60 years we’ve been fed some pretty misleading info about saturated fat and it’s connection with heart disease, obesity, and cholesterol. 

coconut oil for chocolate dipped oranges | Reclaiming Yesterday

New research shows that naturally occurring saturated fats like coconut oil don’t contribute to heart disease and weight gain. Instead, they actually have some important health benefits. Like balancing hormones and helping us feel full, so we don’t overeat. 

And there are one-million-and-one other reasons why coconut oil is a smart addition to your delicious and healthy life. But let’s get back to these chocolate dipped oranges, shall we? 

Coconut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Oranges | Reclaiming Yesterday

To make the chocolate, simply melt some coconut oil and stir in a bit of good quality, unsweetened cacoa powder (also a superfood). Then sweeten it naturally with a touch of honey, and dip, dip dip.

For the white ones, I dipped the orange slices into some softened coconut butter (aka Cononut Mana). If you’ve never heard of coconut butter (but you love coconut) you are in for a T-R-E-A-T. It’s basically coconut meat blended into a smooth and creamy “butter.” Like straight up coconut oil, it is soft and pourable in warm conditions, and hard in the cold. 

I like to finish my oranges with a sprinkle of sea salt and chopped pistachios for texture + the perfect decorative touch. Just be sure to do the sprinkling as you go before the chocolate and coconut butter harden. That way your edible decorations will stick. 

PRO TIP: Don’t drop your bowl full of homemade Magic Shell chocolate onto the floor and splatter it over every surface in your kitchen. It will harden (magically) and you’ll have to scrape it off with a spatula. I just generally don’t recommend that step. ðŸ˜‹

Now grab some orange slices and get dippin’! 

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