Thursday, December 12

Chocolate Snowballs

'Tis the season for indulging. But, here's a sweet treat without the guilt. Brian and I love these as a healthier dessert option. The recipe is easy to make and only makes 4 balls, so it'll satisfy that sweet tooth without 'snowballing' into more of an extravagant treat than you were looking for. Enjoy this occasional dessert after dinner, during or after a workout or with a friend, and avoid the negative consequences of sugary processed sweets and workout gels. 

Prep Time: 15 min.
Makes: 4 balls

1/4 c of cocoa powder 
1 tbs coconut oil
1 tbd cashew butter
1 tbs almod butter
1/2 to 1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 to 2 tbs shredded coconut flakes

What chocolate mixture looks like.
1. Place coco powder in a small glass mixing bowl (doesn’t have to be glass, but I think it works best). 
2. Carefully add the coconut oil, cashew butter, almond butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. (If you plop the ingredients in without care the cocoa powder will puff up).
3. Slowly mix ingredients together with sturdy spoon. Mash ingredients against the side of the bowl to mix. You’ll need to do this for five min or so to get all the cocoa powder mixed in. The coconut oil will be the hardest to mix in (especially if you're making this in the winter), but be sure to keep working it in until it's all mixed. 
4. Once the ingredients are well mixed, the cocoa powder will be nice and dark, but not too sticky. If it's sticky, try adding a little coconut flower or something like that. 
5. Place coconut flakes on a plate.  Begin scooping a heap of the coco mixture with a tablespoon and roll into a ball. 
6. Roll the chocolate ball in the shredded coconut flakes. (You could also shred almonds, walnuts or pecans and roll the balls in that to mix it up).
7. Repeat 3 more times.
8. Place the chocolate snowballs in the fridge for 15-20 min., or in the freezer for 5-10 min. Store in the fridge for balls that go uneaten (like that'll happen ;-) ) 
7. Merry Christmas! Enjoy!

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