Looking for a healthy dessert alternative around the holiday season? Doing your best to avoid refined sugar and flour....try these yummy cocoa snowballs! If you like dark chocolate and you like coconut (and c'mon, who doesn't!?), you'll like these...
recipe courtesy of Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles
1 vanilla bean, about 7 inches long
1 cup unsweetened coconut, finely shredded
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw and unrefined coconut oil (melted)
3 (or less) tbsp raw honey
pinch of sea salt
Slice vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seed paste with the tip of a knife. Put the vanilla, coconut, cacao, coconut oil, honey and sea salt in a bowl and stir well, making sure the vanilla bean paste and cacao powder are well mixed. The dough should be relatively stiff. Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Then, simply chill the balls for about 4 hours to set, and store in a tightly sealed container for up to a month in the fridge! So easy!
For another recipe from this same fabulous book, see a previous post of mine for Mexican Dark Chocolate "fudge." http://wholenutritionrachel.blogspot.com/2010/10/welcome-to-my-bloganddelicious-raw.html