Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cocoa Coconut Bites

If you like chocolate, coconut and almonds...BEWARE!  These little bites are extremely addicting and with their size being "bite-size," eating a few too many can happen all too quickly!

Cocoa Coconut Bites

1 1/2 cups dried, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
In a mixing bowl combine the coconut, cocoa powder, rolled oats and almonds together.  In a small bowl combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon; pour over coconut mixture and mix to coat everything evenly.  Set in the fridge for 20 minutes.

At this point you can eat them two different ways (both are delicious).  The first way is to scoop the coconut mixture into 1-inch balls and chill for an hour before eating.   The second way is to scoop into 1-inch balls, set them on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake in a 215 degree preheat oven for 20 minutes.  Remove from baking sheet to cool (or eat warm).

Recipe slightly adapted from Sprouted Kitchen

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