Chia Coconut Bites Covered In Dark Chocolate
"Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. Chocolate is salad."
It's funny how creative chocolate lovers can be to come up with this phrase. Even though chocolate is not a salad and should be consumed in moderation, it could be extremely healthy. Dark chocolate as the one I used in this recipe, has powerful antioxidant properties. Many studies are also looking into how the consumption of dark chocolate interferes with the production of serotonin- our happy brain chemical. But let's leave the science for a second and concentrate on these tasty chia coconut bites we are making today. Rich in healthy plant-based fats, they are 70% healthy or as much as the percentage of cocoa contained in the chocolate you're using. This recipe could also make a perfect finger-food dessert for your guests.
CHIA COCONUT BITES COVERED IN DARK CHOCOLATE
YIELD: makes around 10 bites
1 cup of coconut flakes
1/4 cup of gluten-free oats
2 tbsp + 2 tsp of chia seeds
120 ml of water
1 tsp of vanilla paste
1 tbsp of coconut flower syrup
Some ground vanilla beans (optional)
100 gr of dark chocolate or any other vegan chocolate (I used 70% dark chocolate with added orange oil)
Dried edible flowers or coconut flakes for decoration (optional)
Start by soaking the chia seeds in the water. It takes at least 5-10 min for the seeds to absorb all the water. Wait as long as it takes until the mixture achieves a gel-like consistency.
Blend the oats in a food processor.
In a bowl add the coconut flakes, the vanilla paste, the coconut flower syrup, the chia seeds and the blended oats. Stir everything together. If needed add some ground vanilla beans for extra flavor.
Form around 10 balls using your hands.
Place them on an elevated baking rack. I used four glasses (one in each corner) to lift mine. Place some parchment paper under the rack.
After melting the chocolate using a water bath, pour some on top of each ball. Make sure the balls are entirely and evenly covered in chocolate.
Before the chocolate starts setting, sprinkle some dried edible flowers or some coconut flakes on top of the balls.
Place the balls into the freezer for at least 30 minutes. If you have enough space, put the whole baking rack into the freezer. Otherwise, carefully transfer the balls into a plate first and then into the freezer.
Hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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