Hi friends! It’s been over a month since my last post. I had originally planned to do a makeup post next, but I’ve really been wanting to do a Halloween-ish themed recipe. I also wanted to do something a little bit more user friendly than my last recipe. Since deciding to go vegan, the one thing that gets me down in the dumps over and over again is that it’s super hard—a.k.a. impossible—to just quickly grab something sweet, especially if you live in a small town. Luckily, I have a go-to dairy-free chocolate recipe that’s quick and easy to make. So this got me thinking… what kind of scary, spooky chocolate treat can I make? A thought process that went something like this:
Well, witches are Halloween-y.
So, that must mean wizards are too.
Harry Potter is a wizard.
Harry goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry takes the Hogwarts Express to get to Hogwarts.
The Hogwarts Express is home of the Honeydukes Express food trolley.
Honeydukes makes chocolate frogs!
If I’m being completely honest, I really just wanted an excuse to finally buy a frog-shaped chocolate mold. And it took me about 0.02 seconds to decide that, yes, I was, in fact, going to do the thing. Now, I know the chocolate frog thing has been done before, but I haven’t seen it done dairy free. All of the recipes I’ve come across have those milk chocolate wafers—not good for Jessica. No worries! As I said before, I have a go-to chocolate recipe. I absolutely LOVE Zuzka Light’s Low Carb Coconut Chocolate Bonbons recipe. Each time I’ve made them, I’ve adapted it a little bit to better fit the ingredients that I have easy access to—in other words I’ve made it 100% definitely not low carb. Feel free to check out the original low carb recipe on Zuzka’s website and you can see a step-by-step of how she makes the chocolate on her YouTube channel. Seriously, if you don’t know who this girl is—check her out!
These turned out so much better than I had expected! I was honestly expecting semi-frog shaped chocolates. But I knew I was getting chocolate at the end of the day—and Harry Potter inspired chocolate, at that—so I was 100% okay with the possibility of not-really-frog-shaped-chocolate-frogs. I also had some chocolate leftover after filling the frog molds, so I decided to make some actual chocolate bonbons that were a little bit more grown up. I put pecans, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin spice coconut flakes into the ice cube tray and then poured the rest of the chocolate on top.
Once you have all the hard* word done and you’re waiting for your chocolate to harden you can take that extra step, like I did, and design and color your own chocolate frog packaging! I just did a quick Google search and came up with this image!
*loljk. It’s super easy.
Honeydukes New Vegan Chocolate Frogs
• 3/4 cup coconut manna—coconut butter*
• 1/4 cup coconut oil [liquid or melted]
• 1/4 cup peanut butter**
• 3 tbsp unsweetend cocoa powder
• 3-4 tbsp maple syrup—to taste
• OPTIONAL nuts and seeds
*I use You can make your own coconut manna by putting unsweetened shredded coconut [1 bag] and coconut oil [1 TBS] into a food processor for 5-15 minutes. The natural oils in the shredded coconut will come out and blend with the coconut oil, making coconut become more smooth and turn into butter. If you do this make sure to stop the food processor and scrape the sides when needed.
**You can also use almond butter. If you don’t like nut flavored chocolate feel free to leave out the nut butter!
1| The coconut manna is naturally hard, so you’ll have to place the container in a pot of boiling water for about 10-15 minutes first.*
2| Add all ingredients to a medium size bowl and mix until combined and smooth.
3| Pour the chocolate into your chocolate frog tray** using a spoon or a squeeze bottle
4| Tap the tray on a counter or tabletop to remove any bubbles
5| If you have dogs, like me, make sure to pick out all of the 8,000,000 furs that have wingardium leviosa’d their way onto your chocolate frogs.
6| Place into freezer [fridge] for about 5  minutes, or until the chocolate hardens
7| Turn tray over onto a flat surface. The chocolate frogs should fall right out, but you may need to add a little pressure to get them to pop out.
*This step is an absolute pain, but just think of the chocolate!
**If you don’t want the frog shape and just want chocolate, an ice tray works perfectly!