I saw a similar snack for sale at a store and of course my thrifty instincts told me that I could easily make a comparable snack for much less money at home. It was effortless. It takes me longer to clean my food processor than make this snack (okay sight exaggeration but you get the point).
I’m not going to write on for days about these little bites, I’ll just give you the highlights:
They are delicious
There are only 6 ingredients = Easy
They are raw, as in you don’t have to bake/cook them
They make a great snack when you need something small but filling in-between meals, or when hangry hits (hungry + angry)
Grain and Gluten-free…and free of a lot of other things
For fun I calculated the calories: there are about 70 kcal per bite and 3.5 grams of sugar…but who’s counting
They are chocolaty…need I say more?
Your husband and/or family may attempt to gorge on them, so hide some for yourself…to help with their portion control of course
Raw Cocoa Bites
Servings: 24 balls
- 2 cups coconut flakes unsweetened, shredded
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
- 3 1/2 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil organic, cold pressed, unrefined
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. Himalayan or sea salt
In a food processor, pulse together the coconut and cocoa powder.
Pour in honey and coconut oil, pulse several times to fully incorporate.
Add remaining ingredients, vanilla and salt, pulse to combine.
Continue to pulse until mixture begins to stick together, but not so much that the coconut shreds become pulverized.
Using a mini ice cream scoop, press the mixture firmly into the scoop to form into balls. If you do not have a mini ice cream scoop, a measuring tablespoon will work, or just roll into balls, pressing as you roll. (If they are not sticking together, they need a little more blending in the food processor).
Store in the refrigerator for maximum preservation; can be left out as well.
Try freezing for a frozen treat!
I’ve prepared and froze some for one of our upcoming summer trips. The fat from the coconut helps keep me full when my meals are scattered during times of travel.
Hope you enjoy this tasty treat!