I never use to be a coconut girl, I wasn’t ever fully convinced on the flavour but recently I’ve become pretty obsessed with it and now I’m eating coconut with everything! I’m having a serious coconut love affair. It’s particularly awesome sprinkled on top of my morning smoothie alongside slithered almonds and raw cacao nibs – just incredible! Wow.
Anyway given my new love of coconut I realised that I needed to start incorporating it into my sweet treats. This particular recipe for raw coconut and cacao bites was one of my first and favourite coconut experiments. It turned out a million times better than I could have ever expected. They are seriously more incredible than anything, so good that they’re replaced my cravings for raw brownies, which is a huge deal as I’ve been making raw brownies several times a week for the past year! The coconut just adds the most incredible flavour to the cacao, making each bite so unbelievably delicious. The flavours really complement each other and the amounts used in the recipe means that both flavours remain deliciously subtle, yet still present and so awesomely sweet with an almost buttery texture thanks to the addition of cashew butter. They literally just melt in your mouth! They’re the perfect speedy snack, taking no more then five minutes to make, and you can keep them in your fridge all week to make sure that you always have a deliciously healthy snack around to sate those sweet cravings!
One of the most awesome things about these bites is that they’re also bursting with protein thanks to all the almonds and the cashew butter, so as well as sating your sweet tooth they’ll also fill you up, making you even less likely to reach for a chocolate bar. While the coconut will increase your energy levels as it contains a particular type of healthy fat that is very quickly converted into fuel for organ and muscle function, giving you instant energy to help you out of that mid-day slump. So you can enjoy your sweets knowing that your body will enjoy them too!
- 1 cup of desiccated coconut
- 1 cup of almonds
- 1/2 a dozen medjool dates
- 4 tablespoons of cashew butter
- 2 tablespoons of raw cacao
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Start by putting the almonds and coconut in a food processor and blend for a minute or two, until a flour starts to form. Then add the cashew butter, coconut oil and cacao blending for a few seconds before slowly adding in the dates.
Continue to blend until everything has been combined together to form a sticky mixture. This mixture can then be rolled into balls and covered in more coconut and left in the fridge to firm up for an hour or alternately you can enjoy it with a spoon straight from a cup, or be like me and eat it straight from the blender! Either way you’ll love it! If you can resist not eating the whole mixture then keep the remaining bites in the fridge in a container.