Lemon, Chocolate & a Giveaway

by Peachy Palate on March 6, 2014

Zingy lemon coconut creams…coated with dark chocolate! Couldn’t be easier to make!

You ever post something on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram with sheer excitement only to regret it a few minutes later? These lemon creams…case in point!

I posted them after my mum did a song and dance about there awesomeness only to be bombarded with people seeking the recipe…a week and half later and they’re finally here! I felt so incredibly guilty not having posted them sooner but I have good reason…

These little beauties tie in with a wonderful giveaway that’s open to INTERNATIONAL readers! US, Europe and Canada…more on that in a minute.

 

These super simple lemon creams were one batch of two. I made two different variations and these one out on all counts. Allowed to come to room temperature the centre softens just enough without being messy, zingy but far from harsh, mellowed beautifully by the coconut and dark chocolate combination.

Simply divine!

I know we’re almost two months away from Easter, let’s call it one and half shall we? (FYI it’s my birthday Easter Monday!)…but these would make for a delightful Easter treat! Vegan friendly, gluten free, paleo compliant…no one need feel they’re missing out!

I only made a small batch but I’d definitely double the recipe next time around, they disappeared in record time!

I used my favourite dark chocolate, an Irish brand, handmade, the perfectly balanced 70% cocoa solids, creamy, rich, without being overly bitter. Whenever I’m using chocolate in a recipe be it chunks or for melting it’s my go to bar of choice; leftovers are for nibbling! The dark chocolate chips are fantastic in pretty much everything and melt with ease!

I received a super duper totally unexpected email a couple of weeks back from the chocolate company themselves and hence I have for you a delightful giveaway! Let’s get ready for Easter a little bit early with beautiful hamper packed full of chocolate deliciousness!

Large Hamper EURO 50

To be in with a chance of winning simply visit the site and leave a comment below  stating which of their products most appeals to you! For an extra entry or two follow @Ainechocolate on Twitter or like their Facebook Page. Be sure to leave a further comment letting me know you’ve done so!

Giveaway ends next Thursday 13th March and I’ll announce the winner on Friday the 14th!

Good luck!!!

Lemon Coconut Creams

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 10 minutes + 2 hours

Keywords: raw dessert snack gluten-free grain free paleo vegan coconut oil lemon zest lemon

 

Ingredients (7- 8 servings)

  • 30g (2 tbsp) raw cashew butter
  • 55g (1/4 cup) melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup/honey
  • 70g (1/3 cup) dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) -my favourite brand
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Whisk together melted coconut oil with all ingredients with the exception of the dark chocolate. Divide between 6 silicon muffin liner or pour in to a silicon muffin tray.

Place in the freezer (on a flat small tray) for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

Once frozen, melt chocolate over a pot of boiling water in a heatproof bowl or in 30 second increments in the microwave; approximately 2 minutes total.

Remove cream centres now firm for the muffin tray or liners.

One at time dip and coat each of the lemon creams in the melted chocolate using a fork. Tap on the side of the bowl and place gently on to a tray lined with baking parchment.

Once they’re all coated drizzle remaining chocolate over the top of each. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. Store in the fridge for up to one week or freeze for up to one month.

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

Any of the sugar-free dark chocolate look amazing!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

I like them on Facebook!

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Liz March 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

LOVE lemon-based treats and coconut and lemon are a match made in Heaven!
Are those Aine’s dark chocolate dairy free?

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Peachy Palate March 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm

The dark chocolate is dairy free!

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COCO March 6, 2014 at 11:55 am

I’d love to try praline chocolate bars!!! :)

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Severine March 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm

How nice of them to allow you to hand out such a great give away :-)
Hard to choose one, so many delicious products on their site!

But I would go for Dark Mint Crisp since we dont get Mint Chocolate here!!
Or…the coconut macaroon…

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janet @ the taste space March 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I love international giveaways! Woohoo! The dark mint crisp looks great!
(But I really love your treat here. Can’t wait to make it)

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Rachel March 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The honeycomb chocolate looks really good! Never tried anything like that before.

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Rachel March 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I follow Aine Chocolate on twitter.

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Dee March 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

These look great, will definitely be trying :)
Have tried the Áine Zesty Lime already and it’s yum! Would love to try the Roasted Hazelnut.
(I follow @Ainechocolate on twitter)

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Peachy Palate March 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Love hazelnut and chocolate together!

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Olivia @ Liv Lives Life March 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

The wild raspberry sounds amazing! That’s my favorite flavor combination. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Hannah M March 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

ooo that dark chocolate!!!! i would go for any of the dark chocolate bars but the sicilian lemon (a la these chocolate cremes!) or honeycombe flavours sound amazing…off to like the facebook page…

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Hannah M March 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

facebook page has been liked ;-)

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Marissa March 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm

The dark mint crisp bar sounds so good!

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Orna March 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm

It’s got to be the flaked coconut!! and the Dark Lime comes a close second! Liked the page and am now getting ready to make your tasty recipe Michelle, works perfectly with my lenten promise.. No sweet snacks unless I make them myself!!

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Peachy Palate March 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Good woman!!! Like the make it yourself rule!!!

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Leanne March 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

The summer strawberry bar would be amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Leah March 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm

The Milk Bar with Butterscotch looks amazing!

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Dawn March 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

The flaked coconut sounds wonderful!

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Jill March 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Would love to try the Sugar Free Dark or Milk Chocolate. Everything looks good.

I am following them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Joanne Gregory March 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I like the Aine Mixed Truffle Bag.

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Joanne Gregory March 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

I like their fb page.

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl March 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm

The toffee butterscotch sounds amazing, as does the dark chocolate!

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Paige c March 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The sugar free praline dark bar sounds awesome!

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Taylor March 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm

champagne truffles, yum!

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Brittany @ Barr & Table March 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

The champagne truffles and milk chocolate coconut bar sounds wonderful!

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Brittany @ Barr & Table March 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I follow Aine Chocolate on twitter (@BarrAndTable)

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Brittany @ Barr & Table March 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I like Aine Chocolate on facebook.

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Rachael March 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I would love the Sugarfree 70% Dark 100g Bar!

(P.S. I’ve never commented before, but I just wanted to say that I really like your site! I check it often and find a lot of great ideas and inspiration. Thank you for all the work you put into it.)

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Peachy Palate March 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Thanks Rachael!!! Feel free to comment more if you feel like it, questions, feedback..all welcome!

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Amanda March 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Aine’s truffles look amazing!….As does your recipe :)

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Lilly March 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Dark orange Seville bar! Orange and chocolate is my favourite combo! I already follow in twitter and I’m about to like fb page :-)

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Rebecca March 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Gotta love the mother’s day gift set – just what mam needs right now!
Liked on facebook and followed on twitter!

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Peachy Palate March 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Good woman! Yep would be a nice treat!! Must check when Mother’s Day is! Dad’s birthday this month too!

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Severine March 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm

The recipe sounds very tempting! Is coconut oil the same as coconut fat?

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Peachy Palate March 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm

It’s coconut oil, not coconut butter…that make sense? It’s hard at room temperature in Ireland but liquid in warmer climates.

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Severine March 7, 2014 at 5:53 am

Yes makes sense thank you!

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Portia smith March 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm

70% Dark Chocolate!

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Portia smith March 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I follow them on twitter and like on facebook :)

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Jessica March 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Sugarfree Seville Orange Dark! But any chocolate!

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sarah March 7, 2014 at 2:40 am

dark mint crisp bar

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries March 7, 2014 at 3:55 am

Mmmm the roasted hazelnut bar sounds good!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries March 7, 2014 at 3:55 am

like on FB!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries March 7, 2014 at 3:55 am

follow on twitter!

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Laura March 7, 2014 at 8:24 am

Oh wow, your lemon patties look so great and perfect for the upcoming summer season. YUM! Ive just restocked on coconut oil bought some gorgeous lemons, so I see myself making these in the very near future. :)

Oh and the chocolate, it looks divine! All those wonderful flavours and the great ingredients they use, it was hard to choose. But my favourite as of now is the dark mint crisp chocolate bar. It looks perfect and I love mint chocolate anything. ;)

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Laura March 7, 2014 at 8:25 am

Ive also clicked like on their facebook page, cause I really do think it is a great company to support.

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PJ C March 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Liked on Facebook. The dark chocolate would be my favorite.

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Emily March 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I’d love the sugar free praline chocolate!

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Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) March 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm

These sound delcious. That chocolate company sounds lovely too, the dark lime sounds fab.

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Miss Polkadot March 7, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Even though I’m not usually a fan of the lemon + chocolate combination these sounds great. Maybe it’s the fact you used cashew butter in them instead of some weird jelly filling.
Ains seems to have many great flavours in their range so it’s hard to choose but for now I’ll go with the sugar-free praline bar. Mainly because praliné has always been one of favourite filled chocolate bars.

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Miss Polkadot March 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I’m following Aine on Twitter now.

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Madeline March 8, 2014 at 1:20 am

I’d love to try their Aine Sugar Free Praline Box of 10.

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Madeline March 8, 2014 at 1:21 am

I follow @Ainechocolate on Twitter (as @shala_darkstone).

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Madeline March 8, 2014 at 1:23 am

I like Aine Handmade Chocolate on Facebook (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).

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sarah March 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

Mmm, sugar-free dark, praline & seville orange. All of them!

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Shannon March 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm

The flaked coconut…or anything :) haha

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kristle March 9, 2014 at 1:48 am

omg dark chocolate with toffee butterscotch… if that flavor is vegan, i’d loooove it!!

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Maureen March 9, 2014 at 2:42 am

Mmm! Butterscotch! OR just plain milk chocolate :)
I think I might get these for my dad for Father’s Day..his dad was born in Ireland and if you aren’t already aware, we Irish-American folks are REALLY proud to be Irish! <3

I love your recipes!!

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Maureen March 9, 2014 at 2:43 am

And liked on FB :)

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Megan March 9, 2014 at 2:45 am

Loving the mint! But see lots of great options… :)

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Rachel Cartucci March 9, 2014 at 3:11 am

I would like to try the mixed truffle bag!!!

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Kelly March 9, 2014 at 5:53 am

Those lemon creams look absolutely delightful!!! YUM! Thank you for posting the recipe.

I checked out the site, and the Áine Christmas Hot Chocolate Swirl Sticks are so very sweet – would make a lovely gift.

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Jessie Vestner March 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Aine Dark Sugar Free bar!

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Renee March 10, 2014 at 12:30 am

Dark chocolate with fruit! Aine has many great options there: raspberry, lemon, lime, orange! I am salivating after visiting the web page!

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jacquei March 10, 2014 at 2:48 am

those look so good!! mixed truffle bad looks wonderful to try

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Anne-Marie March 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm

The Sugarfree Praline Dark chocolate looks nice. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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Lorraine T Quirke March 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I am a huge fan of your blog! Follow you on fb, twitter & Pinterest.
I absolutely love baking and recently I have been more health conscious. This hamper would be amazing. I have used Aine chocolate before and it’s delicious. I can get it in my local supermarket (Joyce’s in Galway)
Would love to win this.
This hamper looks amazing.
I’m already following aine chocolate on twitter

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Becca F March 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I’d love to try the Aine mixed truffle box

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Julie March 13, 2014 at 11:12 am

Aine Chocolate Orange Truffle Bag thanks for the giveaway

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Julie March 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

like on fb Julie A Scott Laws

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Julie March 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

follow on twitter @aunteegem

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PoPpy @ Persistence Over Perfection March 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I follow Aine on twitter :)

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PoPpy @ Persistence Over Perfection March 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Your recipe looks lovely – I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. I would love to try the dark chocolate with raspberry flavour – sounds yummy!

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Nikki June 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Dark Chocolate Butterscotch looks amazing. And the honeycrisps! And, and and!
I love learning about new chocolate companies! YAY! Great flavors!

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Nikki June 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I liked them on Facebook! Thanks for the give away!

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