Saturday, 11 July 2015

Raw Cacao Surprise Bites (nut free) - 5 ingredients

I made these raw coconut cacao surprise bites a long time ago on my instagram account (see here) before my blog came along and thought it was about time to add the recipe over here. I took a break from making sweets last year as I couldn't find all the ingredients in Vietnam and with all the tropical fruit available I didn't feel any urge to make many treats. Since I'm back in Sydney for a visit I thought it was nice for the kids to enjoy these raw cacao surprise bites again. You only need five ingredients to make this delicious nut free treat which go well in school lunch packs too.

Raw Cacao Surprise Bites (nut free) - 5 ingredients
these little balls of delicousness have a raw cacao surprise inside that gives it a wonderful crunch

I have also filled them with goji berries or anything else you like. If you are short on time, you can just press the ingredients into a glass dish and chop them into pieces (see my sweet and salty coco cacao bites recipe here).

Raw Cacao Surprise Balls - 5 ingredients
filled with crunchy raw cacao or anything else you prefer

Raw Cacao Surprise Bites (nut free) - 5 ingredients

Makes 20 balls approx

Prep Time: 15 mins

You will need:
  • 2 cups dessicated or shredded coconut (check the labels to ensure it's preservative free) and some extra to roll the balls in (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 10 pitted medjool dates (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 3-4 tbsp melted coconut oil (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs (buy on iherb or amazon)
Raw Cacao Surprise Balls - 5 ingredients

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Method:
  • place the coconut, dates and salt in the food processor  (do not add the cacao nibs)
Raw Cacao Surprise Balls - 5 ingredients

  • keep the food processor running while adding 2 tbsp of melted coconut oil
  • check the mixture by pressing a small ball in your hands to see if it sticks
  • if too dry, add another tbsp of coconut oil
Raw Cacao Surprise Balls - 5 ingredients
The mixture should stick together
  • have a taste to balance your preferred sweet and saltiness, you can add more salt or dates to increase the sweetness
  • place the mixture in a bowl and scoop out 1 tbsp
Raw Cacao Surprise Balls - 5 ingredients
make an indent and add some cacao nibs in the middle, roll the ball in extra coconut to coat

  • roll into a ball and make an indent/thumbprint
  • place some cacao nibs in the indent the roll the mixture over to form a ball
  • roll the ball in the extra coconut, repeat for remaining mixture
Raw Cacao Surprise Balls - 5 ingredients
Raw Cacao Surprise Balls - 5 ingredients
  • you should get about 20 balls
  • store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
Hope you enjoy xx

May :)


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