Recently, a video of a gal making “Mounds cake” popped up in my social media feed. She was chopping Mounds candy bars, so I was hooked, but quickly lost interest when she dipped packaged chocolate cookies into non-dairy creamer and layered them in a pan with candy and canned whipped cream. While it wouldn’t be my choice for a ‘homemade’ dessert, it did leave me craving a Mounds bar. But that wasn’t in the cards, so I decided to learn about one of my favorite candies, then make a healthy snack to satisfy my craving.
Chocolate Coconut Power Balls
- 1 c. Medjool or other dates, chopped
- 1/2 c. Unsweetened coconut, divided
- 1/4 c. Dark cocoa powder
- 1/4 c. Ground flax meal
- 1/4 c. Almond butter
- 1 tsp. Coconut oil
- 1 tsp. Water
- 2 tsp. Pure maple syrup (or honey)
- 1/2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 c. Dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. Toasted, chopped almonds (optional)
- Add dates, 1/4 cup coconut, cocoa powder, flax meal, almond butter, coconut oil, water, maple syrup and vanilla to the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.
- Reove a teaspoon of the mixture, squeeze it between your fingers to see if it easily forms a ball. If too loose/fluffy, simply add a bit more water at a time until you achieve desired consistency.
- Form the mixture into ~ 2 Tb. sized balls (the mixture should make 12 balls). Roll in remaining coconut, then freeze ~30 minutes before serving. Store unused balls in a covered container in the refrigerator.