Make: These No-Bake Coconut Truffles Are Your New Favorite On-the-Go Snack
I’m always reading how current research has discovered the next superfood, when, in reality, most whole foods have something wonderful to offer. That being said, there are certain fads that are here today, gone tomorrow and some that are here to stay, one being coconut oil.
My husband clued me into the coconut-oil train — I once saw him eat a spoonful of the stuff. Yes, a spoonful. He’s of the “eat to live” mindset, which is baffling to my “live to eat” mentality, but nevertheless, a two-bite snack that has the power to keep you satiated like almost nothing else can come in quite handy on long bike rides or when you need an on-the-go snack. That’s where these oh-so-trendy coconut truffles come in. Just a note: Keep these cold, as we all know what coconut oil looks like when the summer humidity sets in.
Recipe: No-Bake Coconut Truffles
Makes 15 to 20 balls
1/2 c. refined coconut oil
1/2 c. maple syrup
1 c. almond meal (ground almonds, almond flour)
2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
2 tbsp. chia seed
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- In the bowl of a standing mixer (a hand-held mixer will work well, too), combine oil and syrup. Beat until smoothly combined (if specks of oil are still visible, that’s okay).
- Add almond meal and 1 c. of shredded coconut and beat until combined. Add chia seeds, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined.
- Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until batter is slightly firm.
- Meanwhile, spread the remaining 1 c. coconut on a baking sheet. Place in 300 degree oven for 3-4 minutes or until lightly toasted.
- Roll batter into 1-inch balls and dredge in toasted coconut. Store in the fridge or freezer.
Per serving, one ball: 157 calories, 13.6 fat grams, 62 milligrams sodium, 56 milligrams potassium, 8.8 grams carbs, 1.9 grams dietary fiber, 5.4 grams sugar, 1.7 grams protein.
Becca Boyd is a wife and mom who creates healthy and delicious recipes in her West Chester kitchen. She blogs about them on her website, Home Beccanomics.
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