I wonder who developed the idea of bite-sized chocolates? ‘Fun size’ even. Someone who thought it’d encourage them to be more healthy: eating one bite sized chocolate at a time rather than a normal size one? The flaw in that would be that you always buy bite-sized chocolates in huge boxes. Then, if you eat only one, close the box and put it away, you can hear the faint cries of all those other fun chocolates that you rejected calling out your name. Be a good person, eat the rest of those chocolates – it’s what they would want.
I spent today doing some more study for my exams, so I was determined not to leave the house for anything. No! Don’t go out! Don’t waste time in the sunshine when you could be stuffing your already tired brain with more information! Hunger got the better of me though and everyone knows you study better when you eat “junk” food right? It’s like some unwritten rule.
I rummaged my cupboard in determination, trying to find some ingredients to go together and I came across a block of dark chocolate and shredded coconut. I managed to make some delicious balls of chocolate-covered coconut, that don’t even count as “junk” food. They seem bad, but aren’t.
Bite Size Bounty Balls
1 and a half cups shredded coconut
3 and a half tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
200g block dark cooking chocolate
Using a food processor or hand held blender, whiz the coconut up till it forms fine crumbs. In a bowl, combine coconut, coconut oil, honey and vanilla essence and mix till a rough dough is formed. Using your hands, mould mixture into 12 small balls and place on a baking paper lined tray. Put into the fridge until balls are set – I did for about 30 minutes. Melt your dark chocolate till smooth and shiny (I did mine in the microwave) and using 2 forks, dip each coconut ball in. Ensure ball is thoroughly coated in chocolate, allow excess to drip away and place back on to baking paper lined tray. Once all 12 balls are covered, place back into the fridge until chocolate is set. Try not to eat all 12 balls in one go.
It is the coconut oil that holds these balls together, so if you find your coconut mixture isn’t doughy enough to mould, add more of the oil. You don’t have to pre-melt the oil, it should melt when you combine the coconut mixture with your hands.
Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum0