Coconutty and flavorful, these Healthy Coconut Bites will surely delight you. These little joys look beautiful on the Holiday table. They are completely guilt-free, loaded with HEALTHY stuff and made without refined sugar.
I'm really a big fan of coconut. A BIG fan! But until a year ago I didn't know that eating a coconut is actually really healthy for my body. To be perfectly honest, until a year ago I didn't know much about that tropical splendor.
For example, I didn't know that you can make coconut milk out of coconut flour at home. Or that there is a coconut oil you can cook with, or that you can replace all-purpose white flour with coconut flour in making cakes or bread.
Now that I know all these wonderful things about coconut and how its consumption contributes to my health, coconut is my favorite superfood beside chocolate, and a must have in my kitchen.
For making these Healthy Coconut Bites you will need only 4 ingredients - shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract.
Also, you will need a food processor with the extension for grinding or an ordinary coffee grinder. While grinding coconut flakes in the electric grinder some of oils from coconut releases and you'll get a wet, dense mixture - something like the coconut butter.
Transfer the mixture into a bowl and just add other ingredients. Stir until you get thick paste-like dough. Coconut will absorb liquids from oil and syrup will combine the whole thing into a compact mass.
I formed little bite-size coconut balls with my hands, and I used a teaspoon for dosing. When you put a piece of the mixture in your hand, coconut oil will slowly melt so you can shape your ball nicely. Once you made a ball, roll it in a shredded coconut immediately.
The main ingredient in these coconut balls is a superfood - coconut oil. Coconut oil is very healthy and if you still haven't incorporated it into your daily diet, DO IT! It helps in lowering bad cholesterol, improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals, has a positive effect on a blood sugar, and preserves the health of our heart. Also it strengthens the immune system and improves digestion and helps with weight loss.
Coconut oil also contains medium chain fatty acids which is easily digested in the human organism and almost immediately converted into energy. So these sweet coconut bites are actually like a small healthy energy bomblets.
Put Healthy Coconut Bites in a container and refrigerate. Have them as a treat, snack or serve as a dessert on your holiday table. These energy bites are also good as a post workout snack.
Healthy Coconut Bites
- Pulse the shredded coconut in a grinder for a few seconds until flakes releases some of oils and texture becomes wet and dense. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and add other ingredients. Stir with a spoon until you get a thick paste.
- Leave the mixture for few minutes at room temperature, and then transfer it to the refrigerator for 20 minutes until mixture become firm and harden.
- Dose mixture with a teaspoon and form small bite-size balls with your hand. Immediately roll a ball in shredded coconut and place on a wax paper.
- Place finished coconut bites in a refrigerator to cool completely. Keep in cool place until serving.
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