Monday, March 25, 2013

Cocoa Coconut Bits from the Sprouted Kitchen

Have you been by the Sprouted Kitchen website before? If not, I HIGHLY recommend you check her stuff out! Her tag line is "A Tastier Take on Whole Foods" and boy, is she right! Her food is gorgeous and delicious. I bought her cookbook for my birthday and have been thoroughly enjoying it since. One of the recipes I found on her site is this one for Cocoa Coconut Bits, a delightful little cookie/truffle that will satisfy your sweet tooth and your chocolate craving all in one. Super easy to make, delicious to enjoy, and fairly low in calories (though high in sugar - but all natural sugar), these little treats have won my heart! Be sure to try these ones...they are perfect!

Cocoa Coconut Bits (via the Sprouted Kitchen)
1 1/2 cups dried, unsweetened coconut (I buy mine in the bulk section at the natural foods market)
1/2 cup natural cocoa powder
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup grade b maple syrup or agave nectar
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1. 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.

2. Preheat the oven to 215 degrees.

3. 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.

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