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Really Healthy Chocolate Balls

In a nutshell, I decided to go on a low/no sugar diet yesterday. I have been eating way too many refined sugar based sweets over winter and it had to end. The problem? I don’t see myself resisting sweet things completely so my quick challenge today was to make my own sweet but healthy treat. Behold: Really Healthy Chocolate Balls.

Really Healthy Chocolate Balls

I was simply aiming to make a treat without added sugar (using my favourite sugar subsitute of rice malt syrup) but once the balls were rolled, I realised that they were also vegan (therefore cholesterol free), gluten free and low-carb. I’m fairly sure they are considered raw as well since nothing was cooked. They do contain nuts however so those allergic may heckle me now.

Coconut Flour & Crunch

I know coconut flour is becoming a very popular non-grain flour substitute and I can understand why now. It smells divine, nevermind its numerous health benefits (low carb, high fibre). While I was getting some coconut flour I also found a bag of ‘coconut crunch’ which appears to be the byproduct of coconut oil production. Perfect for rolling my balls around in!

Really Healthy Chocolate Balls

Anyway, these balls taste awesome which is just as well since they have to keep me sane for the next few weeks, if not longer until I feel less sugar-toxic. I did two version: the good version and the naughtier version with chopped up Pocky mixed through it and rolled in cocoa. The latter version isn’t that naughty but the mere addition of Pocky nulls and voids everything that was ‘good’ about these balls. But it’s fun…

Really Healthy Chocolate Balls

Really Healthy Chocolate Balls

(NB – It’s not necessary to have a Thermomix to make this but a good food processor helps)

50g GF rolled oats (some oats are processed with wheat so beware if a problem; perhaps use flaked quinoa instead)
handful of sultanas
50g coconut flour
85g rice malt syrup
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa
2 tbps peanut butter (crunchy or smooth, or some other but butter)
1/3 cup of shredded coconut

Optional – a naughty addition if you don’t have dietary considerations. Think crushed Oreos, pretzels, Pocky or other biscuits.

To Make: Crush any naughty additions in the Thermomix for a few seconds on Speed 4 and set aside. Place rolled oats in TMX bowl and blitz on Speed 8 for 6 seconds until roughly shredded but not as fine as for oatmeal. Add sultanas and blitz again for a few seconds on Speed 5. Add coconut flour, rice malt syrup, peanut butter, cocoa and shredded coconut. Blend together well on Speed 4 for around 5 seconds. Mixture should look crumbly and when rolled together, has the consistency of PlayDoh. If the mixture doesn’t stick together well, add another 10g of rice malt syrup until desired consistency is achieved. If adding the naughty ingredient, place in TMX and combine on Speed 4 for a couple of seconds. Form 2.5cm wide balls and set aside. The balls should hold well. Once all the balls are made, roll in the coconut crunch, or dessicated coconut if preferred. You can roll the balls in cocoa also for a truffle-like treat. Cover balls and place in fridge for an hour to set. I recommend storing them in the fridge but they are fine to leave out at room temperature.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. meandmythermie

    September 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Fabulous! I’m going to give these a go!

    • Monica

      September 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

      They worked out nice with some dates too :D

  2. ChopinandMysaucepan

    September 15, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Dear Monica,

    Depending on who we talk to, the good version could be the naughty version :)

    • Monica

      September 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Quite right ;) x

  3. Conor @ Hold the Beef

    September 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Trust you to suggest a Pocky addition ;)

    • Monica

      September 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      There’s always a place for Pocky! :D

  4. Jo

    September 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one! I too am trying hard to go low/no sugar. Could add some whey protein powder for a filling sweet arvo treat!

    • Monica

      September 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion :) A whole lot of goodies can be added. I’ll look into whey powder :)

  5. marloene

    October 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    great receipe ,go the coconut fiber i add it to my smoothie every morning and use the coconut flour for vegy burgers&protein pancakes.I add chai seed,and other seeds to my p0rotein bars/balls.

    • Monica

      October 8, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Thanks :) I will have a go at using coconut flour in savoury things. Can’t say no to extra fibre!

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