First I just gotta say… these are DELICIOUS! Its really really REALLY hard not to eat 12 instead of just 1, especially since they taste like dark chocolate, and they are bite size. The only catch is… they aren’t bad for you! They are actually made of all natural, raw ingredients (makes me feel better about eating a whole bunch of them!).
I first saw these during my vegetarian phase, when I was first getting into different vegetarian, and vegan recipes. I went out and bought Alicia Silverstone’s vegan cook book “The Kind Diet” (after seeing it on Oprah) and boy it was full of interesting information (and a load of different food items I’d never even heard of…). While flipping through I found a recipe for what she calls “Raw Balls” and that is where I got my inspiration for my Vegan Cocoa Bites.
When you first bite into it, you honestly wouldn’t have a clue what the base for it is (unless you were a flavor detective). You would just think you were biting into a tasty, chocolate ball of joy (like my father who kept repeating “Dang, those are good!”).
1. Coarsely chop the pecans, place in a medium sized bowl.
2. Chop the raisins and mix with the pecans.
3. Add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix until well combined.
4. Coarsely chop the almonds and add to the mixture (you want to have a few chunks).
5. Pour the coconut onto a plate.
6. Form golf ball sized balls of the mixture with your hands and roll in the coconut.
7. Place in a sealed container in the freezer until hardened.
Everyone loves bite sized treats, so these easy to make, rich little bites are a definite crowd pleaser. The next time you’ve got to bring something to a party, a pot luck, or even if you’re hosting a get together, serve these for dessert and you’ll have your friends (or guests) tricked for the evening.