Skip the store-bought candy and make your own vegan chocolate mango coconut candy bites! They're tropical bites of heaven that are dipped in chocolate and topped with a sprinkle of flaked sea salt. Vegan.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the cashews and walnuts on a parchment-lined baking tray and roast for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden.
Put the dried mango in a bowl and cover with lukewarm water. Let it soak for 5 minutes. Drain the water and put the mango between two paper towels and press the liquid out.
While the mango is soaking, put the nuts into a food processor and blend them into a fine meal. Pour them into a bowl and set aside.
Once the mango has been soaked and dried, add it to the processor along with the dates. Blend until you have a paste-like consistency. All the big chunks should be gone.
Add the nuts back into the processor along with the dried coconut and sea salt. Pulse a few times to combine, it should form into one big sticky ball.
Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper and press the filling (1/4 inch high) into the dish. Cover and freeze for one hour.
While the filling is setting in the freezer, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave.
Remove the filling from the dish and use a knife to evenly cut 1-inch strips, then cut the strips into squares.
Use two forks to dip each square in the chocolate and then lay it flat on a parchment lined tray. Once you finish dipping all the squares, freeze for 10 additional minutes. Then use a fork to drizzle the remaining chocolate over the top. Put back into the freezer for 5 minutes.
Optional - Sprinkle a pinch of flaked sea salt over each piece of candy.
Store the candy in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
If you use pre-roasted nuts, make sure to adjust the amount of salt that you add to the filling.
Don't skip soaking the dried mango step, if you don't soak it it will be very difficult to break up in the food processor.
You don't have to use cashews and walnuts if you don't like them. Almonds, pecans, brazil nuts, or peanuts would also be delicious.
1 Tbsp of hemp or chia seeds would be great additions for extra protein.
If you're vegan, make sure you use dark chocolate, not milk chocolate.
If you're watching your sodium, you could skip the flaked sea salt on top and sprinkle dried coconut instead.