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Easy Choco-Coconut No Bake Balls

Easy Choco-Coconut No Bake Balls

chocolate coconut balls almond butter vegan paleo dairy free gluten cocoa vanilla easy snackIf you’ve seen any of my other sweet treat recipes, you know that my motivation is my wonderful husbands sweet tooth. He is a self-admitted sugar addict. But there is no reason for him to go cold turkey on sweet things, I just make sure to have healthy treats in the house for him. No processed sugars, preservatives or chemicals. That makes me feel like a good wife. These babies are dairy free, gluten free, vegan and paleo (if you omit the almonds). WARNING: These balls are highly addictive (don’t say you weren’t warned).

chocolate coconut balls almond butter vegan paleo dairy free gluten cocoa vanilla easy snackI’ve made no sugar added fruit popsicles, healthy chocolate frosty-ish shakes, no-bake coconut drops, just to name a few. All with great success but I like to change it up for some variety. Especially in the summer, I love a great no-bake cookie.

When I found this recipe, I could not wait to try them for myself. I made a couple of tweaks and tada ~ Easy Choco-Coconut No Bake Balls. They whip up really fast too. After combining everything on the stove, I put the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes so it firms up and easier to form into balls. These are one of my favorites when I’m craving chocolate.

chocolate coconut balls almond butter vegan paleo dairy free gluten cocoa vanilla easy snackThese are so easy and dee-licious!!! I added a smidge of almond butter and some sliced almond at the end but it’s not necessary. If you are making a true paleo treat, just omit the almond butter and almonds. They are really just add-in’s after the fact and have no effect on the original recipe. So go nuts (or don’t).

Easy Choco-Coconut No Bake Balls
 
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Recipe type: Snack, Dessert, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Serves: Many
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsweeteded coconut milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1½ cups coconut sugar
  • 2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup big flake unsweetened coconut
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional:
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or sliced almonds
  • ¼ - ½ cup almond butter (crunchy or creamy)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine coconut milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil and coconut sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute while consistently stirring, you don't want it to burn.
  2. Remove from heat and mix in the coconut flakes and vanilla. Combine well.
  3. If you are adding optional ingredients, you can do that now. I added sliced almonds and a ¼ cup of creamy almond butter.
  4. Place mixture in the fridge for 10 - 20 minutes so it firms up a little bit.
  5. Once firm enough, roll into 1 inch balls.
  6. You can keep your balls in a bowl in the fridge but they won't last long, they are addicting (don't say you weren't warned).

 

Rich and Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Rich and Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

avocado chocolate pudding dessert vegan paleo dairy free honey almond milk

If I served you this pudding you would be telling me how yummy, creamy and chocolaty it is in between mouthfuls. Then when I told you what the magic ingredient is you might unfriend me for lying to you. But I swear it’s the truth.

Rich Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dairy Free

Want to know? Keep reading only if you promise not to call me a liar.

Rich Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dairy Free

AVOCADO! Seriously, AVOCADO! 

When I first read the ingredients I honestly was going to make it expecting to say “do not fall for this”.

But gosh darnit to all heck, this was SO good! Excuse my language. It’s rich, chocolaty, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and vegan optional – if you are into that sort of thing. Quick and easy to make so why not just give it a try.

Rich and Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 medium avocado, ripe
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey (can sub with agave nectar)
  • 6 Tablespoons almond milk (unsweetened or sweetened )
Instructions
  1. Peel and cube avocado and put all ingredients into a blender (I used my Nurtribullet).
  2. Blend until good and creamy.
  3. Serve, eat and smile.

 

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Healthy Chocolate Shake – Tastes Like a Frosty

Healthy Chocolate Shake – Tastes Like a Frosty

healthy chocolate shake frosty banana chia seed cocoa frozenI found this recipe at RabbitFoodformyBunnyTeeth.com and wanted to test it out for myself. It was really good but I made a couple minor adjustments for my taste.

TIPS:

  • The recipe calls for a frozen banana right? Well I put a whole banana, peel and all in the freezer. When I took the banana out of the freezer, it was so frozen solid that I couldn’t get the peel off. Oops. Learn from me and pre-peel and slice the banana before freezing. They freeze up faster this way too, it doesn’t take long at all. Maybe a couple of hours or so. I’ve got a couple separate baggies of bananas in my freezer so I have them on hand for when I’m craving these.

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  • The frozen banana really adds to the “frostiness” of the shake making it thicker so I absolutely recommend it although you can use a room temperature banana. The shake will just be more liquid but still super chocolaty good.
  • healthy chocolate shake chia seed frosty banana almond milk vanillaI also used a whole teaspoon of chia seeds to thicken it up even more. The chia seeds get blended up entirely that you can’t even tell they are. Any time I can incorporate more chia into my diet, I do it. 
  • I added 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. It made the shake even richer.
  • I also added a packet of organic stevia to my husband’s shake because he likes very sweet things but mine was sweet enough for me without it. It’s your preference.

organic stevia

YUM-EEE is all I can say about this shake. It’s chocolaty AND healthy AND filling AND chocolaty! Did I say chocolaty?

The kiddies will LOVE these too and never suspect they are healthy. I have a feeling I will be making a LOT of these this summer.

{ I suppose you could experiment with some ‘adult spirits’ like Baileys in place of the almond milk and have yourself a deliciously intoxicating shake on a warm summer night. }

Healthy Chocolate Shake - Tastes Like a Frosty
 
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Healthy Chocolate Shake - Tastes Like a Frosty
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Recipe type: Shake, Paleo, Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup original unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana (see tip for the frozen banana)
  • 1½ tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon chia seeds (I used a whole teaspoon)
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I used 2 for more richness)
  • 10 - 15 ice cubes (The more ice, the thicker it is. I used 15 and it was thick like a frosty)
  • **Optional: 1 packet of stevia**
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender or Nutribullet until all the ice is blended and smooth.
  2. If your shake isn't sweet enough for your taste, you can always add a packet of stevia but mine was very chocolaty and frosty-like without it.

 

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Paleo Fudgy Fudge Bites – Vegan Optional

Paleo Fudgy Fudge Bites

Vegan optional too

paleo chocolate fudge coconut oil raw honey almond butter vanilla creamy dessert healthy vegan maple syrup

I found this recipe a while ago but kept putting off making it for some reason.  I’m seriously ticked that I have missed out on eating these for so long. They are so super fudgy, chocolatey, soft, creamy and melt in your mouth.

I was a little skeptical when I found this recipe which is probably why I put it off for so long but I figured since I had all of the ingredients in my kitchen already and the fact that a 10 year old could make them, why not just finally go for it. These are a close second to boiling water as far as being easy. Ready in 30 minutes too!

Did I mention there are only 5 ingredients? The only ingredient not included in the picture below is the vanilla. These are little fudgy fudge bites from heaven and bonus – they can be made vegan just by using maple syrup instead of raw honey.

paleo chocolate fudge coconut oil raw honey almond butter vanilla creamy dessert healthy vegan maple syrup

I know, I know, it all sounds too good to be true. After you make them you’ll see why I was ticked off at not making them sooner.

If the little ones are going to be enjoying these (cause they will enjoy them), I recommend making the pieces bite size because they do melt in your hands pretty fast and it might get a little messy if you give them a big piece at one time. You’ll thank me for this little tip 🙂

 paleo chocolate fudge coconut oil raw honey almond butter vanilla creamy dessert healthy vegan maple syrup

Paleo Fudgy Fudge Bites
 
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Recipe type: Paleo,Vegan Optional
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup high quality cocoa powder
  • ½ cup smooth almond butter
  • ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil and combine everything into a food processor.
  2. Pulse until smooth and pour into silicone molds sprayed with coconut oil or paper lined muffin tins.
  3. Put in fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Keep leftovers (if any) in the fridge.

 

We have a couple of names for these little mouth-gasms. Fudgy Fudgingtons, Fudgy Fudgerrific Bites, Fudgy Choco-Bites, etc. I’m sure you’ll come up with some creative names for them too.
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