Chocolate-Covered Coconut Bites

Last night was the Christmas party for the yoga studio I work at. It was great being able to see all my fellow yogis fully-clothed and sweat-free. The party was pot-luck style and people were asked to bring their favourite veg dish (+1 for the animals!). Boy did people make some incredible foods! Not only did I leave with a full tummy, but a few new recipes to try out myself!

I hummed and hawed about what I should bring. I mean, this is probably my best chance to showcase how delicious vegan food can be to a studio full of meat eaters. After a busy afternoon and still nothing made, I decided to make something quick and easy, yet still full of deliciousness, and decided on these little gems. Mmm did they ever turn our great, and were a HUGE hit with my fellow yogis!

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
1/3 cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In small pan over med-low heat, melt the coconut oil. You can also use an already pre-heated oven, put the coconut oil in a glass bowl and place it in the oven until melted (be careful, the glass comes out red hot!)

In a separate bowl, mix together the shredded coconut, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Pour the melted coconut oil over mixture and mix well.

Refrigerate mixture for half an hour (this step isn’t required, I just found it helped bind the mixture, making it easier to roll into balls)

Roll into bite-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Freeze balls for 45 minutes.

Melt chocolate using whatever way desired. Personally I microwave the chocolate chips in a glass bowl for 20 second intervals (this seems to be the fastest, least messy way).

Using a fork, lower coconut balls into melted chocolate and lift out, allowing any extra chocolate to drip off. Put them back on the cookie sheet and put back in the freezer for about 30 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened.

Voila! Easy right? These treats freeze perfectly, just make sure to keep them in a Tupperware to keep them fresh. Oh, and be sure to save yourself some, because I can’t promise there will be extras to take home!