For a while now, I’ve been browsing various Paleo diet websites and blogs, thinking to myself how these grain-free recipes would be perfect for Pesach. (If you’ve never heard of the Paleo diet, according to Wikipedia, it excludes “grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.” Perfect Pesach fare, right? (It even has kitniot taken care of, if that’s a thing that bothers you!)
Presumably, people who follow the diet for health reasons don’t necessarily want to also avoid the taste of ‘modern’ foods, so there’s a whole bunch of recipes for things like “Paleo chocolate chip cookies” and “raw Paleo caramel fudge”. Yes, really.
Anyway, a recipe for a sort of Paleo bounty bar caught my eye – moist coconut within, something approaching dark chocolate without – and it inspired me to rustle up these frankly amazing chocolate coconut balls. While these are kosher for Pesach, they are in no way Paleo, containing as they do margarine, refined sugar, and, oh yes, CHOCOLATE. Sorry Paleo-dieters, I’m not about to ruin these with some sort of raw cocoa ‘coating’. Not when there’s chocolate to be eaten. (They are gluten-free and vegan, mind you. Does that count for anything?)
These bear absolutely no resemblance to traditional Pesach coconut pyramids or macaroons. They are moist, chocolately, delicious and very moreish. DH compared these chocolate coconut balls favourably with Ferrero Rocher(!) and scoffed two of them. So far, I’ve seen off four. I think it’s impossible to eat just one of them at a go. Maybe next time I’ll make them bigger…
Although Kipper was asleep when I rustled these up, I think they would be quite fun for kids to make. I will certainly enlist her help when we make the next batch! Just be careful that the molten chocolate isn’t too hot, have plenty of wet-wipes handy for cleaning hands/faces/misc. and all should be fine.
Without further ado, no-bake CHOCOLATE COCONUT BALLS!
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- 20g margarine
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp boiling water
- 1-2 drops vanilla essence
- 50g desiccated coconut
- 45g dark chocolate
- 75g dark chocolate
- Melt the margarine in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients.
- Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water, then add to the margarine with the vanilla essence.
- Stir in the coconut, mix well, and leave to stand for 5-10 minutes, so that the coconut can absorb the liquid.
- Meanwhile, melt the 45g dark chocolate. Mix this thoroughly into the coconut mixture till well blended. Put in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up.
- Line a plate or cookie sheet with baking parchment. Divide the coconut mixture into 8 and roll into balls. Place on the parchment and put the plate into the freezer for 10-15 minutes for the balls to harden.
- Melt the 75g chocolate for the coating. Remove the balls from the freezer and using a fork and spoon, turn each one in the chocolate to coat before returning it to the baking parchment.
- Once all the balls are coated in chocolate, return them to the freezer or fridge to set.
- Store in the fridge until ready to serve. YUM.
Treat Petite is a recipe challenge for yummy, individually portioned goodies, hosted by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer. The theme this month is Spring into Easter but since we don’t do Easter, I’m allowed to enter a Pesach recipe instead 🙂