Lemon, Chocolate & a Giveaway

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!

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


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

  2. 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…

  3. 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)

  4. 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…

  5. 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!!

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

    I am following them on Twitter and Facebook.

  7. 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.)

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

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

  10. 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. 😉

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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!!

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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

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