A Healthy Recipe for those with an Irresistible Sweet Tooth
I (Coach Emily) have accepted that my sweet tooth is insatiable. I must have something sweet, and more specifically, every meal, or the quality of my day is drastically reduced. I used to fight it, but I believe in picking my battles, and earlier this year I came to the realization that my sweet tooth will always win.
So, if I’m going to chow down on sweets multiple times a day, I want to at least be eating something remotely healthy. This week I stumbled upon a recipe for Chocolate Coconut Balls, which I tweaked a bit and have reproduced for you below. They’re all natural, with no processed sugar, delicious nonetheless, and I feel fine eating multiple throughout the day. This goes along with our philosophy at Force of discouraging restrictive diets and instead, identifying “problem foods” and replacing them with something that makes us equally happy, with the goal of creating eating patterns that are sustainably healthier.
Here’s the recipe, and I should mention that these only take 5 minutes!
Chocolate Coconut Balls
– 1/2 c. coconut oil
– 1/2 c. cocoa powder
– 1/4 c. maple syrup
– 2/3 c. rolled quick oats
– 3/4 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla
– pinch of salt
**try adding a dash of your favorite spice – for instance, I’ve tried them with a dash of ginger, and cayenne pepper
Directions: melt the coconut oil on low heat in a sauce pan, and when completely melted, stir in cocoa powder until it looks like melted dark chocolate. Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla. Turn off the heat and add the coconut flakes and oats. Add the salt and stir all together. Let sit in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes until easy to roll into balls. Store in fridge or freezer.