Posts Tagged With: cacao

Coconut Chocolate Nutty Power Balls

Another quick and easy recipe, using only the food processor and a plate! (I’m all for reducing the washing up!)  This recipe makes about 22 balls, so it’s a great recipe to make at the start of the week, and they keep really well in the fridge.
Original recipe here.

Pulse 1 cup raw almonds in a food processor for a few minutes, they will become fine with a few bigger chunks throughout
Add in 1/4 cup raw cashews and pulse again until mixture is crushed up into small pieces (not a fine meal though!)
Then add in the following:
~ 2 Tbsp coconut milk (I used Tcc brand) or cream (Ayams)
~ 1/4 cup liquid coconut oil (I used Absolute Organics which was $13 for 900ml from Costco)
~ 1 heaped Tbsp organic raw cacao powder (Organic Road is around $8 from Maloney’s Grocer)
~ 1/3 cup shredded coconut
~ 1/4 cup raisins
~ 6 dried dates
~ 2 Tbsp flax seeds (also called linseeds), ground (I used a coffee grinder, but you could alternatively use premade LSA powder)
~ 1 Tbsp chia seeds

Whiz for a few seconds on low/medium, until the mixture starts to clump
You should be able to form a solid ball with the mixture – if it’s a bit dry, add a bit more coconut oil; if it’s a bit wet then add some almond meal/shredded coconut/ground flax seeds/LSA
Roll the balls in some more shredded coconut
Place on a plate in the fridge to set

** You can mix the recipe up by using 1.5 cups of any mixed nuts – walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews
** Swap out the raisins for cranberries or currants
*** Don’t feel compelled to use everything listed above – as long as you have nuts, fruit, coconut oil, coconut cream and cacao it should work just fine!

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Coconut Chocolate Cake

This is originally Teresa Cutter’s recipe – it is really quick to prepare, and a good alternative to the less healthy kind!  I made it for the Food Revolution Picnic on 18th May 2013.

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In a bowl, mix the following:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1  1/2  teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt

Once the dry ingredients are combined, add in:

  • 4  eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey or organic maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Mix until all ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth
Preheat oven to 160 C.
Spoon into a small 15  – 20 cm baking tin lined with baking paper – the smaller the tin the higher the cake… (I used a loaf tin)
Bake the cake for 40 minutes or until cooked through
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

The cake is rather dense so does need some kind of icing – this avocado choc icing is surprisingly tasty!

Blend the following ingredients together – add more cocoa/sweetener to taste as you go, but start with the avocado base:

  • 2 small avocadoes (I started with 1.5 and added the rest if my mixture became too chocolatey
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa/cacao
  • honey/agave nectar (around 2 tbsp total but start with 1 tsp – you could use stevia as well)

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