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Words from Miss Lo
“Eating Coco balls is like eating a cupcake without frosting and it just tastes so yummy when you eat it. If the chocolate is too bitter you add sweetener then it can taste really good. My friends say that it is bitter but also sweet. Sometimes I trick people into thinking that it is slime, and then I put it into my mouth and they are surprised and say ‘Don’t eat slime!’ But it tastes so good, that then they eat it themselves.”
Health can be fun
Coco balls are a fun way to sneak more nutrients into your child’s diet. I eat them myself with relish! The strong chocolate taste can hide foods like raw coconut oil, ground flax meal, cocoa nibs, organic soaked nuts, green or red powder (which are dehydrated juiced vegetable and fruit in powder form- a fast and easy way to supplement your diet). Keep in mind to make your coco balls extra sweet. Once they have hardened, they will have a less sweet flavour.
Monk Sugar can be yummy
The recipe below is kid friendly. If you are diabetic, on a low sugar diet, or need to take the sugar out of your child’s diet, you can easily and successfully substitute monk fruit sugar. This amazing food has no calories,and additional health benefits.
I have been using it myself for a while with no noticeable sugar spikes, and my daughter loves it. In this recipe the flavour of the monk sugar is comparable to agave, it is just in powdered form. If your child is allergic to peanuts you can substitute any other nut butter such as almond, pistachio or walnut. Just check with them to make sure it tastes right once you have mixed the ingredients.
Miss Lo’s Lemonade Stand-Choco Balls
Coco balls are a energy packed lunch add-on. This recipe is the starter base for the coco balls. If you want, you can design these balls to fill most of your nutritional requirements by adding whatever energy enhancer you want to this mix. When you add the supplements the mixture will change in consistency. Please note, if it seems too dry add more agave, or raw coconut oil. If it feels to wet, add more powdered cocoa.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour in refridgerator
- Total Time: 22 minute
- Yield: 16 balls
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: Raw Food Dessert
1 cup unsweetened cocoa plus more for rolling
1/2 cup peanut butter
pinch of salt
Supplements to mix in or roll onto outside
dry roasted nuts
Mix all ingredients by hand. If it seems to dry, add more liquid. If too wet, keep rolling in cocoa. Add in your supplements. Taste to make sure it is sweet enough. If you are making these for your child, make sure they taste it and are OK with the flavour. Adjust it until they are happy. To finish, roll coco balls in crushed nuts, cocoa or coconut. Refrigerate at least one hour. These wiill keep for one week in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them, and they will keep 6 months.
Involving your children in the process is a great way for them to embrace this food. You can make a party where they and their friends get together to make their own coco balls. If you want to add fun colors try using crushed freeze dried strawberries or blueberries. It looks so pretty. Make it a fun, creative adventure.
Below is the nutritional analysis for the coco balls using the agave as a sweetener:
Below is the nutritional analysis using monk fruit as the sweetener: