When I eliminated dairy, soy, corn, and gluten from my diet last year for the littlest caveboy, chocolate was one thing that I desperately missed. Just one reason why I love those chocolate-quinoa cupcakes so much! Sometimes you just need some chocolate.
It's nice to have a chocolate snack in the fridge waiting for you, especially when you're short on time and starving all. the. time. like I am when I'm nursing. These are full of healthy fats, fiber, and use honey for sweetener, which means you can pop them in your mouth guilt-free! But honestly, one or two are completely satisfying to my strongest chocolate craving, and it's a snack I still feel good about eating.
My diet is completely unrestricted now (praise the Lord!) but I still make these. All the caveboys love them, that is, if cavedad doesn't hide these healthy chocolate treats;)
Coconutty Chocolate Balls
1/2 cup of cocoa
1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1. In a bowl combine the cocoa, shredded coconut, and oats. Add coconut oil and honey, and use your hands to squish and squeeze until everything is evenly mixed - this is a great job for little helpers!
Do not melt the coconut oil; it should be at room temperature. If your house is very cold the coconut oil may be a little difficult to mix into the other ingredients. Just keep squishing it around and the heat from your hand will soften the oil enough to mix in.
2. Scoop, pack tightly, and roll into balls. The size is up to you, but I usually do about 2 tablespoons per ball.
3. Refrigerate for one hour to harden, then enjoy.
Do you have a favorite healthy chocolate treat? Please share in the comments!