I’m a huge fan of gelatinous treats and no better flavour combo than chocolate and coconut. Now I’m not a particularly patient person, so when it comes to using tinie-tiny moulds….well, let’s just say it has to be a special occasion! I much prefer the pour and set approach, which is how this little ‘Top-Deck” combo arose. That’s not to say you can’t get creative and use a cute little mould. You can also use patty pans (pictured below) or mini cupcakes as moulds. My kids are planning to make these in Easter egg moulds for Easter treats.
So we were in the midst of a QLD storm and without power (which as we have our own water supply, this also means no water) so very inconvenient. The kids (and adults) were house-bound and hungry for chocolate – so the kids and I created this surprisingly yummy treat.
The biggest benefit of eating gelatin, in my opinion, is that it is a gut healer, which means better nutrient absorption (so greater nourishment) all round. Also, if your gut is functioning well, then your nervous system is better supported too. Gelatin also reduces inflammation, improves joint integrity and for the vain amongst you – it improves the condition of your skin, hair and nails. In fact, it’s said to be better then botox (and erase wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite) – now I’ve got your attention!
I only buy the Changing Habits Organic Gelatin. Because gelatin is derived from animals, I like to know I am consuming the best quality product with the least chemical loading. You can find out more or shop for it HERE.
Take a look at the variations (below the main recipe) for suggestions to alter the recipe to suit your specific dietary requirements.
Top Deck Gummies
- 540 ml canned coconut milk (2 x 270ml cans) I like Ayam brand
- 1 tsp vanilla -powder, extract or essence
- 85 g rice malt syrup, honey or maple syrup (¼ cup)
- 5-6 tbsp grass-fed or organic gelatin
- 1 tbsp cacao -unsweetened Dutch process or raw
- 1 tbsp rice malt syrup, honey or maple syrup
- In a small pot place, one can of coconut milk, vanilla and sweetener and whisk to combine.
- Whilst whisking sprinkle the *gelatin over the coconut milk mixture to combine. It will thicken as you go. Set aside.
- Divide the remaining can of coconut milk into two jugs. Add the cacao and extra tablespoon of sweetener to one-half of the mixture. Stir to combine.
- Now over a very low heat, gently heat the gelatin mix, taking care not to overheat or boil. Stir continually as the gelatin starts to dissolve and become a smooth liquid. It should only reach lukewarm temperature.
- Add half of this warmed gelatin mixture to the cacao mix, stir to combine.
- Mix the remaining coconut milk with the gelatin mixture. You now have your chocolate and coconut layers.
- Pour the chocolate layer into the base of a lined tray (alternatively, you can use individual moulds, mini cupcakes or patty pans -as pictured below). Set in the fridge or freezer (only takes a few minutes).
- Top with the coconut layer and again cool until set.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
- * Now I prefer the texture of this with 5 tablespoons of gelatin, though my daughter (not at all a jelly/gummy texture fan), much prefers a denser texture so 6 tablespoons are more palatable to her. Have a play, and let me know your preferred texture.