Saturday, 28 June 2014

Toasted Coconut and Spirulina Balls










I've been on a little Winter holiday up North. While I was there, I think I managed eat the local Ice Cream Parlour out of their entire supply of Toasted Coconut Crunch Ice Cream. By the third day, the lovely wait staff had my cone already prepped as I entered the establishment (love that!!) But now that I'm home, my thighs are telling me that I need to find other ways to get my toasted coconut fix. These little Toasted Coconut and Spirulina Balls fit the bill nicely... as nicely as I'm hoping my jeans will fit me again in a few days.



Toasted Coconut and Spirulina Balls
adapted from Pete Evens's Healthy Every Day
Makes about 18

1 cup nuts (I used whole dry roasted natural almonds, walnuts and raw cashews)
2 tablespoon coconut flour
2 teaspoons honey (I used raw honey)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
40g coconut flakes
3 tablespoons white chia
1 tablespoon spirulina
80ml tahini
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup shredded coconut, for coating
2 tablespoons black chia, for coating

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Put the shredded coconut on a baking tray and toast until golden (about 5 - 6 minutes). Keep your eye on it as it burns easily. Set aside.

Put the nuts, coconut flour, honey, cinnamon, coconut flakes, chia, spirulina and tahini in a blender and blitz until smooth. Add the melted coconut oil and process again until well combined. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate until it firms up enough to roll into balls.

Mix the black chia with the toasted shredded coconut. Roll the mixture into small balls and roll them in the coconut-chia until coated. Refrigerate again until firm.



20 comments:

  1. Vacation is for indulging! These sound like a delicious way to ease back into the real world...

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    1. I so agree. I ate everything while we were away, but it's time to be sensible... for a little while at least.

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  2. I eat whatever I like during my holidays as well. Great recipe!

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    1. Holidays are made for carefree eating, right?

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  3. Those look great! I've never tried spirulina, but it sounds quite interesting! :)

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    1. Spirulina is an algae - extremely healthy... and it's a pretty colour which is always important, right?

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  4. I love energy bars or balls. And with toasted coconut, yuuuummm!

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  5. Hope you enjoyed your break up north! These sound quite delightful! Yum.

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  6. Firstly, that ice cream sounds amazing. I am definitely in an ice cream craving mood at the moment despite the seeming non-ice cream welcoming weather. Secondly, I'm sure these healthy snack balls are much better for me than the ice cream and just as delicious. I really must get to the health food store for some ingredients stat! Hope you had a good time on your northern jaunt :)

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    1. Baskin and Robbins Amy. I love your fine state. We had a ball... and ate lots of great food.

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  7. Firstly, that ice cream sounds amazing. I am definitely in an ice cream craving mood at the moment despite the seeming non-ice cream welcoming weather. Secondly, I'm sure these healthy snack balls are much better for me than the ice cream and just as delicious. I really must get to the health food store for some ingredients stat! Hope you had a good time on your northern jaunt :)

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  8. Love the styling so much!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

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    1. Thanks Millie. Trying something a little different. Glad you like it.

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  9. I think I would've eaten all of the toasted coconut crunch ice cream too, if I was there. It sounds divine! As for these little balls of goodness? I love this sort of thing. I haven't tried spirulina yet but... well, there's a first time for everything!

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    1. It's made by Baskin and Robbins - OMG, so good. Their supply of Jamoca got a hammering from me too haha. Spirulina is a blue-green freshwater algae. It's super healthy. I throw it in smoothies too as it's rich in protein (anything to stop the munchies!!!)

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  10. Sounds amazing! I LOVE coconut, so this is the perfect recipe for me. Hope you enjoyed your Winter getaway! It's full Summer here and we're expecting 95 degrees for the next couple days.

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  11. I seriously didn't know what's a spirulina

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    1. It's so good for you Shulie. I hope you can give it a try.

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