Sunday, February 7, 2010

Cocoa Coconut Balls

The quality is what’s important when eating something sweet. Mainly I enjoy pieces of 85% dark chocolate but now and again I prefer something a little bit sweeter. These cocoa coconut balls are sweetened with agave nectar—a natural syrup from a cactus which is low on the glycemia index and often a safe alternative to most non-insulin dependant diabetics.These sweets are to enjoy any day, any time, anywhere.

Cocoa Coconut Balls
2dl/200ml oats
1 1/2tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3tbsp filtered water
1tbsp almond butter
2tbsp agave nectar
shredded coconut to coat

Blend all ingredients in a bowl. Form into 10 equally sized balls. Easiest way to go about is to wet your hands and roll 1tbsp of the mixture between the center of your palms. Coat them with shredded coconut.

For best taste and quality make sure to use a cocoa powder without any sugar or milk powder added. If it says: MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF MILK, SOYA, NUTS AND CEREAL, it means that the product has been manufactured in a fabric where they work with these ingredients and therefore can not guarantee that these ingredients are not present. Make sure it states that the product is free from any ingredient that you might have an allergy to.

HEALTH BENEFITS of Cocoa: Medical research repeatedly proves the positive effect cocoa can have on our health. Dark chocolate, 70% and beyond, contain high levels of flavonoids, antioxidants that can decrease the risk of cancer, and contains more antioxidant power than green tea, red wine and blueberries. Cocoa contains numerous vitamins and minerals such as: copper, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. It has a low glycemic index, meaning a smaller fluctuation in blood glucose and insulin levels than with other sweet foods. Eating chocolate releases endorphins, the body's natural "feel-good" chemical and is known to act as antidepressants and as aphrodisiacs.

FREE FROM: dairy, soy, egg, wheat, yeast, and lactose

2 comments:

  1. These sounds delicious! I am definitely making these for my kids this weekend/Lana

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  2. I made them this morning. They are absolutly delicious! Will definitely do them again. thanks for great blog/ J-B

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