I love to create healthy treats. I believe that the ingredients that are best for us should be the most delicious and enjoyable. We should have no reason to desire to put junk into our bodies when we discover how amazing all natural, pure ingredients can taste.
These healthy treats are so delicious and simple to make. Made with all natural ingredients, this tasty treat is guilt free as well as gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian. With a few small adjustments they can even be made vegan and raw too!
To keep this recipe “clean” and natural make sure your nut butter has only 1 ingredient. And the shredded coconut is unsweetened with no added ingredients. Coconut oil is best raw and unprocessed and should have no added ingredients. Almond extract (or vanilla) should be all natural and not artificially flavored (what the heck is that any way?) I prefer raw honey for the added nutrients. Raw honey is a natural source of minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium as well as vitamin B complex and enzymes too. Never give raw honey to infants. For a vegan option you could try agave nectar. For the chocolate drizzle I like Green & Black brand 70% coco. Their chocolate is organic and fair trade, they use only pure organic ingredients and the higher the coco % the less sugar and possibly dairy and other ingredients. But I realize 70% is too dark for some, and it is only a small drizzle, so you could use a lower coco % but keep in mind that is more sugar though.
I might be a little obsessed with pure, natural ingredients 🙂 They just make me happy. The beauty of nature and the real foods grown from the earth are like little miracles we can enjoy every day. Perfect gifts from our creative God, nourishment in all its vibrant colors, exciting flavors and aromas….Ahhh, what Eden must have been…
Makes 12-14 1 inch bites
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut, plus extra for coating
1 Tablespoon of raw honey or agave
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons peanut butter (or try almond and other natural nut butters!)
3/4 teaspoon Almond Extract (you can substitute vanilla)
pinch of sea salt
A few chunks Dark Chocolate ( I used Green & Black Organic 70% Dark Coco)
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the chocolate and extra coconut shreds. Mix with a hand held mixer just until combined.
Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in shredded coconut.
Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the coconut bites
Place on a platter in a single layer and refrigerate for 1 hour to set or in freezer for 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.