Monday, 19 March 2012

Vegan Cocoa Coconut Bites

It's Monday, and for this day only, it is easy to fool yourself you can eat like a Saint after that weekend.
I just came across a blog called www.sproutedkitchen.com It is the most beautiful collection of recipes based on wholefoods and will become by Monday inspiration. This recipe is Sara's and I promise you, vegan treats can be delicious. My friends didn't even notice. Her recipe is here

Makes 20-25
Because these are vegan, they can also be enjoyed raw. You can scoop them into balls, chill them for about an hour, and enjoy as such. I baked mine at a low heat, because it gives them a texture of somewhere between truffle and cookie and I really love that. A crisp crust and a soft center. Perfection.
1 1/2 cups dried, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup natural cocoa powder
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup grade b maple syrup
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
In a mixing bowl. Combine the coconut, cocoa powder and rolled oats together. Stir in the maple, coconut oil, vanilla and optional dash of cinnamon. Mix to coat everything evenly. Set in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 215'.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a mini scooper or your hands, make 1 inch balls and set them on the baking tray (they don't spread, ample space between is not important). Bake them on the middle rack for 20 minutes. Remove to cool.