I love coconut. Period. I love drinking coconut water, I love eating young coconut flesh, and I love anything made out of shredded coconut. Being an Indian girl, I grew up with coconut in all my food. It's a staple at home. It's such a versatile ingredient. Perfectly blends with either savory or sweet dishes. The idea for this cocoa and coconut energy balls actually came to me while I was reading a recipe on how to make coconut laddoos. It's a traditional Indian sweet snack prepared during Indian festivals. Addition of cocoa powder is my personal twist to the recipe or let's say I modernized the recipe. A girl's gotta satisfy her cocoa cravings. While the traditional coconut balls are just sweet, my version has a bitter sweet kick to it. Also an excellent portable snack. Let's jump into the recipe, shall we?
- Desiccated coconut - 2 cups
- Milk - 1 & 1/2 cups
- Light brown sugar - 1 cup
- Unsweetened cocoa powder - 3 tablespoons
- Ghee(clarified butter)/vegetable oil - 1 tablespoon
- Add ghee/vegetable oil to a non-stick pan along with the desiccated coconut. Keep the flame at medium at all times. If you have freshly grated coconut in hand, feel free to use it.
- Keep tossing the shredded coconut in the pan until a fragrant aroma rises. You will begin to see the coconut strings turning golden at this stage.
- Time to add in the milk, cocoa powder and brown sugar.
- If it's too runny, don't worry at all. The milk will continue to reduce and the mixture will begin to thicken. Don't forget to keep stirring.
- Once the whole mixture has reduced and become sticky, time to remove it from heat. Allow it to cool.
- When the coconut mixture has cooled completely or slightly warm to touch, you can grease your palms with a little oil or ghee and begin rolling it into balls.
- Once rolled, keep them in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
**You can also coat the rolled balls with desiccated coconut or sprinkle some on top like how I did.
TIME FOR A TASTE TEST.....
First of all, I must mention that the ratios that I have given for this recipe are just a guideline. The amount of sugar and cocoa powder added can adjusted according to your taste buds. Mine has a bitter sweet taste and I like it. Some people would prefer it sweeter, so just increase the amount of sugar or simply use white sugar and reduce the amount of cocoa powder. I leave it to you. As long as the end product is a sticky paste, then you're good to go. These make really good evening snacks to be packed for work. I got about 30+ small balls and about 2 of those can subside my 6 PM hunger. I just love to stock up on snacks like these which can be made way ahead of time. The procedure is easy, minimal ingredients, the yield is quite a lot and it keeps well in the fridge for close to a month. Give it a try and let me know how yours turned out. I want to take this moment to thank some of my readers who have tried out my creations and mailed me your feed backs and questions. I truly appreciate your support and hoping to further create a healthy bond with my readers. Wishing you peace and love. Happy Weekend everybody!