There’s something magical about Advent calendars and now you can make your very own raw chocolate and crunchy coconut version. Otherwise set the chocolate in block moulds and enjoy a square here and there during the festive season.
When I was little, I loved the excitement of Christmas as much as I did the promise of a chocolatey treat behind each numbered Advent calendar door. It wasn’t even the fact that once a year, for 24 days straight, I was allowed the to have a little chocolate daily. It was the surprise of a new shape waiting in as much anticipation for a child’s beaming smile when that little cardboard lid lifted.
Would it be a snowman, a gingerbread man or Santa himself this time??
I still have fond memories of those times and seeing Advent calendars in stores actually makes me smile. The idea of smaller treats dispensed over 24 days appeals to me a lot more than the Easter Egg hunts, too. And, to be honest, it’s probably one time a year when I am perfectly fine with commercially made chocolate and allow the kids some food freedom, in line with the whole 90/10 philosophy. Although I am quite a sucker for homemade Rocher Bites (recipe for those is in the book), which are quite festive and a great alternative to the store-bought ones, indeed.
When Liana has asked if we could make our own healthier version of advent calendars this year, it was a bit of a proud moment, and somewhat of a surprise! Naturally, I agreed. I actually kept the calendars from last year because I was thinking of doing something along those lines this year. Luck had it that I have just created and shared a Coconut Crunch Maca Chocolate recipe as part of the Goodness Me Box in November and have been enjoying a square almost a day since.
I’ve adapted the recipe a little further, using SupermixME blend of Cacao, Coconut and Maca, and some of their Cranberry, Pomegranate and Goji berry powder – they are both additive-free, but this is optional. As the Bioglan coconut chips are sweetened, I did not add any extra sweetener to the chocolate.
Now, if you live in a warmer climate and don’t have air-conditioning running 24/7 then you probably won’t mind the fact that these calendars need to be kept in the fridge – use this recipe for storing your calendars in the pantry or somewhere where it won’t be exposed to sunlight and temperatures over 26C.