Mint Coconut Snowballs

Happy holidays, merry ones!

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Decking the halls involves a sleigh of energy. If your festive spirit starts to dwindle, a cheerful bite can help restore some glee (and blood sugar levels).

These mint coconut snowballs are a perfect treat to satisfy the sweet tooth. Even better – they’re gluten-free, refined sugar-free AND vegan.

They’re also a great snack to leave for Santa on Christmas eve. After all, they’ve been approved by Mrs. Claus herself (she’s always looking out for the health & well-being of Santa’s secret village in the North Pole).

She knows the medium-chain fatty acids (MCT’s) in coconut oil offer quick and sustained energy, as they go directly to the liver for processing instead of straight into fat storage. Plus, lauric acid in coconut has anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. I’m sure Santa could use an immune boost right about now.

Keep your spirits bright with a festive energy ball (or 3)!

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Mint Coconut Snowballs

Makes about 12 balls

ingredients:

1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tbsp virgin, unrefined coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp preferred natural sweetener (Yacon syrup, liquid stevia, coconut nectar, raw honey or pure maple syrup)
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure mint extract
1/8 tsp sea salt
Crushed candy cane dust (optional – like this organic brand free of corn syrup & refined sugar)

method:

In a food processor, add 1 cup of shredded coconut, coconut oil, vanilla, mint, sweetener, coconut milk, salt and crushed candy cane (optional). Pulse until a paste-like consistency forms. Add 1/2 cup of remaining shredded coconut and blend a touch more.

Shape paste into 1-inch diameter balls and roll them into the leftover shredded coconut. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, and enjoy while you deck the halls!

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For the optional (highly recommended) dark chocolate coating, melt the following in a small saucepan over low heat:

4 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa)
1 tbsp natural liquid sweetener
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Dip each ball into the chocolate sauce using a toothpick or fork. Place balls on a cooling rack with newspaper underneath to catch any excess drips. Place balls in a glass container and let set in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or until hardened.

Nutrition facts per 1 ball (using yacon syrup as sweetener): approx. 9 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 2 grams protein, 19 grams energizing fat.

Wishing you love, peace and balance over the holidays! xoxo

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