If 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).
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.
These 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).
If you’ve read any of my other dessert articles you know of my hubby’s wicked sweet tooth. He likes all sweets, healthy and processed unfortunately. So it makes me feel good to keep healthy sweets in the house.
One of his favorite treats is Outshine Bars but I don’t like the list of ingredients in them. The list below is for the coconut pineapple coconut water version.
COCONUT WATER FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, COCONUT WATER CONCENTRATE), SUGAR, PINEAPPLE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, GUAR GUM, CAROB BEAN GUM, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOR.
See what I mean? Modified corn starch in a Popsicle? And the ever ambiguous “natural flavor”. When I was out shopping a few weeks ago I came across a cute little Popsicle mold set for like $6.99 so it was my mission to make some yummy healthy low-ingredient frozen treats for my man. Plus, I love kitchen gadget things.
This recipe only has 5 ingredients and I can pronounce every single one.
UPDATE: I made this tropical version and before I knew it, hubby ate them all. He just asked “hey, you got any more of those Popsicles?”. I told him we didn’t have any more pineapple but I had some frozen black berries. He said to go for it. I used all of the other same ingredients but swapped pineapple for blackberries. These are now my new favorite. I’m a little peaved that I have to share them.
Once again I am posting from beautiful South Dakota while sitting in a Perkins because they seem to have the best wifi connection in town. Yesterday we did a 10K hike (3.5 miles each way) to the top of Harney Peak in Custer State Park.
I was overcome with gratitude that my husband and I were able to do this challenging 5 hour hike because 100 pounds ago, it may have killed me. So when people ask “why would you want to hike to the top of a mountain?”, my response now is always, “because I can”.
While vacation is always great, I do miss home cooking and creating healthy recipes. Eating out can be challenging, especially in an area that doesn’t really make organic, preservative free meals a priority. That being said, try cooking this Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken in my honor while I’m out West.
This recipe is so easy and simple. Very few ingredients and full of protein and flavor. Seriously, anybody can make this. You cannot screw it up. That might be going too far because I’ve been known to mess up the simplest of things but you know what I mean.
While this was cooking in the slow cooker, my house smelled like Hawaii. We rent homes when we vacation there so we can cook our food and play like we live there so using mango and coconut in anything automatically brings my senses back there.
You can also serve this as a chunky stew or top some cauliflower rice with it. I do recommend the topping of sweetened coconut flakes, it really adds a lot to the flavor.
Four ingredients (5 if you count the ice cubes) and super chocolaty rich. Hubby’s wicked sweet tooth totally approves of these. He puts his in the freezer for an hour to eat with a spoon or sometimes as popsicles. It just depends on his mood.
In the summer I like to keep different organic fruits in the freezer (Target usually has them the cheapest around me) and keep a few cans of organic coconut milk in the pantry (usually Trader Joe’s brand). That way I’ve already got 1/2 of the ingredients I use in my smoothies, frosty treats and popsicles.
One of my favorite breakfasts besides a hot cuppa joe is a delicious protein shake. They just start me off right. I make this shake for a sweet snack too.
This is one of my most made shakes because it’s simple, has protein, potassium, a little calcium and good fats. Paleo, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and surprisingly filling at only about 160 calories. Oh and I didn’t even mention how sweet, creamy and delicious it is.
Since the weather is gets warmer, I’ll be ramping up my shake/smoothie intake. My Nutribullet is going to be very busy.
The next super hot day I’m absolutely making my Healthy Chocolate Shake which happens to taste just like a Wendy’s Frosty, just sayin’.