Social media has so many perks, although it’s so addicting, there’s always a ton of inspiration by all of those fellow recipe creatives. We definitely can’t take full credit for this one for the inspiration came from a great recipe blogger, The Organic Dietician. These are perfect little raw, no bake, vegan, bite sized fudge bites when you’re looking for something sweet or for that little burst of energy. They aren’t low calorie, but are full of nutritious ingredients that are going to help keep you full and feeling satiated.
Sara, from The Organic Dietician, recipe was pretty much perfect but we’re always looking to cut a few calories, and in this case we felt we could skip out a little on the amount of coconut oil. Coconut and coconut oil have medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) which our bodies send straight to our livers to then be used as a quick source of energy. Some studies have shown coconut oil to benefit our metabolisms and digestion. There’s a great article on the benefits of medium chain fatty acids and a bit more of the science behind what and how it really effects our bodies. Simplified version, it’s great nutritionally, but one of those where you still gotta watch the amount for it’s a high energy dense food.
You may find yourself wanting to eat more then an appropriate serving size of these, which for us is 1 as a snack replacement, but don’t go buck wild on these. Each ball has 230 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. Our thoughts on these are that they are not every day snack ideas because of the caloric amount but when you’re itching for something sweet without having chemically filled fudge like snacks, these would be it. There are days where I’d rather take my calories else where but compared to the same amount of traditional fudge that could potentially be consumed, I’d rather much go with these.
- 1¼ cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ cup raw cashews (walnuts or almonds would work)
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- In a Vitamin or food processor, blend the coconut for a couple of minutes until the oils start to release and the coconut is in fine pieces.
- Add the coconut oil and nuts and blend until the nuts are finely chopped.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until everything comes together.
- Scoop 1 Tbsp full of the mixture into rounds onto the sheet- you want a lined baking sheet or plate that will fit in your freezer
- Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the freezer.
- Enjoy directly from the freezer for best results.