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Healthy Coconut Chocolate Balls Recipe

  By posted Apr 5th 2011
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So you have a sweet tooth, do you? And you’re trying to eat healthy? What? You’re also working out a lot? Which means you’re often hungry then? Well fear not. Here is a recipe for a delicious coconut chocolate balls dessert or snack that’s packed with energy from good fats and proteins. It also takes care of that sweet tooth and keeps hunger at bay. And what’s even better than all of this? You guessed it. Its made of chocolate..


Ingredients
:

We’ve included the measurements just to get you started but these little balls of goodness can include any of your favourite nuts while omitting anything you just don’t like.

1/2 cup each:

Almonds
Walnuts
Pecan nuts
Hazel nuts
Pumpkin seeds (or Flax seeds)
3-6 dates
2-4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

To taste:

Unsweetened cocoa powder
Freshly ground coffee
Shredded coconut

Method
:

Blend the nuts and seeds in a mixer until ground into a fine flour. 
Remove the nuts and seeds and then grind the dates and shredded coconut in the mixer until smooth.
Mix these ingredients together with coffee and cocoa powder according to taste.
Finally, add the coconut oil and mix it all together by hand. Roll the paste into little balls and sprinkle them with shredded coconut.
These snacks should be refrigerated to become firm.

As a general guideline, ½ a cup of each of the nuts will yield a dozen little balls. Dates add the sweetness and also add stickiness to hold the balls together. If you don’t have the time to roll them into balls you can even spread them in a pan and cut them up into little squares. Whether as balls or as bars, these coconut chocolate balls are great to satisfy hunger pangs or that often neglected sweet tooth!

*Image courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images   

 

 

 

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