Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chocolate Covered Coconut Cookie Dough Bites


Happy Valentine's Day!
Hope you are all well and have plans for a fun day.
May many joys and moments of love fill your day
and much love from me to you! 
I wanted to share a little recipe I made special for this Valentine's Day. 
Inspired by some blog-friends and added a little twist of my own. 
I wanted to make something cute and easy, 
so I decided that a bitty cookie dough bite 
smothered in the 'good stuff' would hit the spot. 



Chocolate Covered Coconut Cookie Dough Bites 
(raw and vegan, nut-free and grain-free)

1/2 cup of natural sunflower seed butter (If you are using a non-natural version with not naturally occurring oils, then you will need to add 2 TB of grapeseed or melted coconut oil to loosen it up)
1-2 TB of pure water or non-dairy milk
10-12 drops of vanilla stevia liquid (I used NuNatural's)
2 TB of coconut palm sugar (or use honey or agave if you prefer)
2 TB of coconut flour
2 TB of shredded coconut flakes
2 TB of chia seed meal
dash of sea salt

Mix all of the above ingredients in a small bowl. Add the stevia to the water or oils of the sunflower seed butter so that is can mix well into the whole batter through the oils. If you just add it to one spot in the dry ingredients it might clump and not mix well. I added 2 TB of coconut palm sugar, but if you do not have stevia you can skip the stevia and add another TB of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla instead. Mix everything and use your hands to mush well together then you should be able to start forming some cookie dough balls pretty simply. If the batter is dry then add a TB of water to soften it up. After you roll out your balls on a parchment paper you can melt your chocolate. I used Chocolove's Organic Dark Chocolate Bar to cover the dough bites. I melted the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water (or you can microwave it in 30 second increments until it is soft enough to stir into liquid). And then tossed each dough ball in the chocolate with 2 forks to cover the bites fully. Then pull the balls onto a parchment papered pan and then put the cookie bites in the freezer to harden up. After a few hours the chocolate will be stiff and they are ready to enjoy. You can store in the fridge or freezer for best keeping. This recipe will make about 1 dozen cookie bites.

Here are some of the other great recipes that inspired me:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites by Love Veggies and Yoga

Cookie Bites from The Nourishing Home

Cookie Dough Bites by the Spunky Coconut

I wanted to keep my recipe nut-free so I avoided almond flour, peanut butter and other obvious nut ingredients, but I bet some peanut butter would make this recipe super delicious too.


Here are some more really great V-day treat ideas that I love...

Oatmeal Heart Cookies, by Whole Life Nutrition

Raw Chocolate Pie, by Whole Life Nutrition

Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies, by Real Sustenance

Raw Chocolate Fudge, by My New Roots

So-In-Love Dark Chocolate Brownies, by Me

Almond Shortbread Valentine Cookies, by Me

Well friends, I hope you have an amazing day with lots of magical bits of love, kisses and beauty.
May you find peace and joy amidst all of life's gifts today!


P.S.
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5 comments:

  1. Oh wow, these look so delicious. Thanks for making it nut-free!

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    1. Kate- No problem :) that's how I roll lately :)

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  2. Just made these and they are amazing! Thank you!

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  3. nice idea..thanks for sharing...

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  4. I love what you are doing here!!!

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