Chocolate Coconut Balls

Chocolate Coconut Balls

So if you take the refined sugar out, what do you use to replace it? There are some alternatives that work brilliantly. 

Sometimes, for jam I use 'St Dalfour' or 'Clearspring organic fruit spread' in our house.

In this recipe, to replace the sugar I used  Biona organic rice syrup which is a sweetner made from brown rice. It contains no fructose.  You can find in well stocked health-food shops. It is less sweet than agave syrup but has a similar consistency. These delicious cocoa balls have been a smash hit with my friends and their kids. Super easy to make and to eat. 

Ingredients: 

1 cup ground almonds

1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut

plus 1/2 cup for coating

2 tbsp cocoa powder

4 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

4 tbsp organic rice syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

a pinch of sea salt

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture starts to come together like a dough. Then roll small balls with your hands.
Place the rest of the coconut in a shallow bowl. Roll the balls in the coconut until they are well coated and place them on a plate.
Pop in the fridge for at least half an hour to set.

These will last 3-4 days, if they aren’t eaten up on day one!!

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