Chocolate Coconut Bites

Matt and I are actually getting into the habit of waking up at 5-5:30am so that we can workout in the morning. It's really hard to get my butt out if bed, but as soon as I'm up, I'm happy about it. Because of the way my work schedule is, if we wait until the evening to work out, it takes up our entire evening. If we wake up early and work out, we have a whole evening of freedom. With a whole 2-3 hours of freedom before bed, there are lots of things that we can do-- like experiment with raw vegan desserts! 

I got on Pinterest while I was crossing the Manhattan bridge on the train home from work yesterday (you only get cell phone service when you're above ground). After perusing through a bunch of ingredient-heavy recipes, I found one that I already had most of the ingredients for: raw chocolate coconut macaroons. Not really sure why they were called "macaroons" because the looked nothing like macaroons, but whatever.

I went to the local bodega, grabbed a couple things, and then started prepping. 

It wasn't until I have completely mixed the mixture that I realized the recipe required a dehydrator... Which I don't have... 

I had to improvise a bit, and they didn't turn out as pretty as the picture, but they still taste really good and light! 

Ingredients:

- 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

- 1/2 cup coconut oil

- 2 tbsp vanilla extract

- 3/4 cup cacao powder

- 3/4 cup organic raw maple syrup

- 1 tsp sea salt

Directions:  

- Preheat the oven to 360 degrees  

- Mix together 2 cups of shredded coconut, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, cacao powder, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and 1/2 tsp sea salt

- Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl (this way, you can have some chocolate and some not) 

- Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray  

- Place coconut mixtures in spoonfuls into the baking sheet  

- Bake for about 8 minutes

They came out looking pretty janky. I almost threw them out! But I decided, as ugly as they were, it was worth trying. And they were good!! 

I removed them from the pan with a spatula and formed them back into balls. Then I out them in the fridge to enjoy later.