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CocoaSpheres

CocoaSpheres ~photo by Karen

Want something chocolaty  and nutty and satisfying without all the processed sugar and preservatives?  Your desire has arrived in the form of these magnificent CocoaSpheres!  They are packed with nutrients: healthy fats , fiber,  and antioxidants all deliciously drenched  with euphoric cocoa , and sweetened naturally with dates.
Ready to roll?

 

 

Ingredients:

1 -1/3 cups mixed nuts and seeds (raw & unsalted)
(I used a mixture of pumpkin, almonds, walnuts, and pecans)
1/3 cup coconut cream concentrate
(Please see end of recipe for details on where to purchase)
1/3 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp. nutmeg, ground (optional)
1 ” fresh ginger, grated
4 – 5 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
(I like the organic version from Rapunzel, or from Valrhona)
Pinch of Celtic sea salt

First, place the nuts and seeds in a food processor and pulse a few times to roughly chop up the mixture.  Then, add in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the cocoa powder.  Blend until the mixture starts to hold together.
Add a little more water (one tbsp. at a time), if it seems too dry.  Be sure to use a knife or spatula to scrap the bottom and sides to ensure that everything is well blended and of the same consistency.

Extract a heaping tablespoon of the mixture onto your palm and roll with both hands until a sphere is formed.
(Hint: if you wet your palms slightly, the spheres will turn out smoother.)
Continue with the rest in the same fashion.  You should end up with about 13 – 15 rounds.  Now place the cocoa powder  into a shallow dish, preferably one that has a slightly raised rim ( to prevent the rounds and cocoa from rolling off).

 

Place five spheres onto the dish and  just gentle rock the dish back and forth. Watch the spheres roll ’round and ’round and coat themselves merrily in the cocoa powder.
That’s it!  Serve them with a cup of tea or enjoy as an after dinner treat with a glass of port.  Leftovers can be kept up to 5 days in an airtight container.

 

Download a copy of this recipe for your personal file.

What is coconut cream concentrate and is it healthy?
Let me answer the second part of the question first by saying, Yes!  Coconut cream concentrate is pure coconut that contains fiber and fats and is not diluted with water. (Please do not confuse coconut cream concentrate with coconut oil.  The oil can be used for cooking, where as the cream concentrate is a food.)
Here are some unique health properties of coconut:

  • It contains MCFAs, that’s medium-chain fatty acids, which are easily utilized by the body for important cellular function.
  • The main component of MCFA in coconut oil is lauric acid , which has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.  It is converted in your body to a substance called monolaurin which helps to strengthen your immune system.
  • Coconut oil can help to protect thyroid function.To purchase coconut cream concentrate, go to the Tropical Traditions website.

So, that’s just for coconuts.  How about the cocoa? Or to be exact, theobroma cacao. All you chocolate lovers/addicts, please see my next posting when I discuss the merits of this most seductive and pleasing food of the gods.  Yes, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  I’ll share a few easy ways to prepare chocolate concoctions to delight your lover or to make someone fall in love with you!

For love of food and friends,

Karen

References:

“Virgin Coconut Oil” by Brain & Marianita Shilhavy
” Eat Fat, Lose Fat” by Dr. Mary Enig & Sally Fallon


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