Coconut Fudge Balls

I’ve been wanting to make another batch of energy balls using my dried coconut!




I finally had some time on Monday, and was excited to combine the coconut with chocolate, kind of like the Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabars.




The dried coconut is the perfect compliment to the sweet dates.




Everything chopped up nicely and the flavor was exactly what I was hoping for (sometimes these ‘recipes’ end up being more like ‘experiments’).




I did need to stream in some agave to help the balls come together.  To be honest, I didn’t really measure it, but you’ll know when you’ve added enough because a ball of dough will form.




Then you can either press the ball into a greased pan to make bars or roll it into balls.




Yummy!!!  Need I say more?  These healthy-ish balls are FULL of flavor!




Store these balls in the fridge for an afternoon or mid workout snack!




Does anyone else try to make homemade Larabars?

What is your favorite flavor?


So I had plans to share with you the Strawberry Balsamic Quinoa Salad that I have been eating for lunch this week because it is awesome, but I didn’t get any pictures of it.  I will definitely try to snap one later this week and share that recipe soon because it will be perfect for spring strawberries!




I will get your mouth watering with pictures of tonight’s Grilled Garlic Pepper Shrimp form The Grilling Bible courtesy of the BOY!




I still don’t know what’s with the Christmas plates : )  Looking for dessert, I highly recommend these Double Chocolate/Single Chin Brownies!


Coconut Fudge Balls

Adapted from German-Chocolate Fudge Bites



1 cup pitted dates

1 cup dried coconut

1 cup almonds

4 tbsp cacao powder

2 tsp vanilla

1-2 tbsp agave



Combine dates and coconut in a food processor and blend until combined.

Add almonds, cacao powder and vanilla.  Blend until well combined.

Stream in agave until a ball of dough starts to form.

Roll dough into balls and refrigerate for ~2 hours until set.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Fudge Bites

It is no secret that I have been having tons of fun with my food processor making energy bars and chocolately treats.  I had some leftover dates in the fridge, so I was excited to try out some new RAW recipes.  I started off simple making Chocolate Covered Katie’s famous Fudge Babies, but instead of cocoa powder, I subbed in this tasty superfood.




I also used a walnut/cashew mix for the nuts.




Wow, these guys made quite a mess in my kitchen.




But it was totally worth it.  I must admit, I wasn’t sure if this dough would come together.  I checked it out after a few minutes in the food processor, and it was still really crumbly.  I considered adding in some agave, but instead scraped the sides down and turned the processor back on.  A few minutes later, I had what I was looking for.  A thick, rich, sticky dough.




That I could roll into dessert bites.




You’ll notice that these balls are super shiny.  I’m not sure what happened there.  It may be because I kept them in the food processor too long.




But not to worry, I don’t think it impacted their taste.  I placed the balls immediately in the freezer, and I look forward to snacking on them throughout the week. 



Even after this recipe, I had a few dates left.  I was feeling adventurous and thinking about the amazing Gingersnap Larabar I had last weekend when I spotted this recipe on Katie’s site.  I know that I am not creative enough to make these adorable little gingerbread people, but I can roll a mean energy bite.  I decided to throw in a little pumpkin too.




Sadly, things just didn’t blend together like I would have hoped, but with all of the incredible spices, it tasted sooo good.  I tried adding a few sticky additions to help pull this into a dough, but no such luck.  I couldn’t abandon it completely.  Not because I don’t like failure (it happens quite a bit in the kitchen) but because it tasted like the kind of bar you want to be eating.  I was about to dig out a pan when I spotted this adorable pumpkin.




With nothing to lose, I threw the mixture into the fridge.  Who knows? I could end up with the perfect pumpkin shaped power bar!




No such luck!  Just a pile of good tasting mush!


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I’ll keep working on this recipe and get back to you!  Feel free to link me any other fun energy bite recipes too!

I also wanted to follow up after this morning’s Home Workout.  I had so much energy all day and was seriously in the best mood. I think this was a good lesson about how 15 minutes of exercise in the morning is worth getting up a few minutes early.  And, my pecs are definitely sore from the burpees and pushups.  Hooray!  Speaking of hooray, I have just a few hours left of work before Thanksgiving.  Can you tell that I am psyched?!  Hip, hip hooray!




Fudge Babies

From Chocolate Covered Katie


1 c walnuts (120 grams)

1 and 1/3 cups pitted dates (220 grams)

1 tsp vanilla extract

optional: 1/8 plus 1/16 tsp salt

3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used 3 T Cacao)


Blend all the ingredients, using a food processor.  Be patient and wait for everything to start sticking together.  Roll into little balls. (Use plastic wrap if you wish, or smush it all together in a plastic bag so it’ll stay together better.) Or, if you want true brownies, shape the dough into bars!  You can also use this as a pie crust.