Dark Chocolate & Coconut Bites.

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Author Notes: These sweet treats are a mix between a no bake cookie and a truffle. They are wicked. They are also incredibly simple and you probably already have the ingredients on hand. I kind of just threw some stuff in a pot & it ended up being a new favorite. we eat. happy.

Makes 16-18 truffles

  • 1/2 cup good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips or 4oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I used chunky, but smooth would be fine too)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • a pinch of sea salt (if your peanut butter is not salted)
  • 1 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut (desiccated), + more rolling, but this is optional
  1. In a medium sized pot, over medium low heat, melt chocolate, pb, syrup, cocoa, vanilla & sea salt. Once the everything is melted and combined (about 3-4 minutes), take off the heat & stir in the coconut.
  2. It will be a bit thick. Let it cool for a minute. Then, using your hands form TBL sized balls. If you want, you can roll in extra coconut. I like it either way, Jediah prefers it without...so you decide.
  3. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Keep stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
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about 1 year ago Margie

These are delicious! I used bittersweet chocolate and sweetened coconut ( did not roll in coconut) and they are spectacular. A keeper!

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about 1 year ago Adelucchi

Made this today. They are in refrigerator cooling. The pot scrapings were delish.
Thanks for sharing. Followed the recipe. Soooo easy!

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about 1 year ago Rachel Lewter

Love it, can't wait to try it....and it's Gluten Free too!!!

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over 1 year ago Angela

what is "dark" cocoa powder? does regular Hershey's cocoa work or should I pick up the "Special Dark"?

Beach

over 1 year ago we eat. happy.

Hershey's works fine.

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over 1 year ago ShirleyMarie

How many calories in these yummy bites I just made? Super easy and good!

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over 1 year ago AndreaMS

Could the PB be replaced with some other ingredient that doesn't contain nuts? I was considering replacing that with more chocolate (so 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate in total) but I imagine some of the flavor and bulkiness would be lost in that case. Any suggestions?

Beach

over 1 year ago we eat. happy.

If you have a nut allergy, you could use sunbutter which is made from sunflower seeds (unless you have an allergy to seeds as well). There is even nut-free pb, made from soy. Hopefully this helps.

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over 1 year ago AndreaMS

Sunbutter sounds like a great replacement for pb. Thank you for the tip!

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over 1 year ago JamieK

I found there was too much coconut for the balls to roll easily. I would reduce the coconut by at least 1/3.

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over 1 year ago alpaulthomp

Super easy and delicous. My 5 year daughter and I made these. Coconut, coconut, cocoNUT. We didn't have cocoa, so we use Ovaltine. Bring it.

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over 1 year ago Sarah Gillis

Ovaltine... of course! I gotta try that

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over 1 year ago fearlessem

I made these last night and they are really tasty -- kind of deceptively addictive. Not too sweet, and everyone who tried them loved them!

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over 1 year ago Sarah Gillis

So easy and super delicious! Thanks!

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over 1 year ago Bkpesch

Maybe graham crackers as well could be ground up if you didn't want to use coconut?

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over 1 year ago enbell

I want to use milk chocolate, would that work?

Beach

over 1 year ago we eat. happy.

I don't see why not. I was just trying a dairy-free option with dark chocolate.

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over 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I have a very similar recipe I posted here last week from my blog, but it uses all cocoa powder so no melting of chocolate involved. And it uses coconut oil instead of the shredded version. The flavor is to die for. But my biggest complaint is it becomes really soft once it's out of the refrigerator for awhile. I never thought to use it as truffle centers, but it's obviously the genius way to go! Next time I make them, I'm going to go that direction with them and dip them in melted chocolate!! Thanks for the idea!!! Genius, Jenny!

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over 1 year ago Sally Butler

I have the same question about quantity of chocolate -- 1/2 c = how much weight? Or is it 1/2 c of chocolate chip?

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over 1 year ago ellencf

OMG - these look divine!

Stringio

over 1 year ago Chelsea Sutton

I'm not big on maple syrup and generally don't keep it on hand. Would honey work as well?

Stringio

over 1 year ago Jordan Heard

in place of maple syrup...agave works best for the flavor and texture; if you use honey just be careful of the kind you use some have more powerful flavors than others

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over 1 year ago Chelsea Sutton

Thanks!

Beach

over 1 year ago we eat. happy.

I agree with Jordan. I think agave, or even brown rice syrup, would work better in these treats than honey.

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about 1 year ago Terry Kennedy

I used Agava sweetner and Almond butter.. great too

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over 1 year ago Ilana Hardesty

Any suggestions for something to add the bulk that the coconut does? I'm not a fan of coconut, but want to try these badly!

Stringio

over 1 year ago Jordan Heard

grind vanilla wafers in a blender/coffee grinder and roll the balls in that...I've done something similar for another no bake truffle recipe; they're not too sweet and it adds a bit of bulk!

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over 1 year ago Ilana Hardesty

Of course! I used to make truffles using vanilla wafers. Thanks for the reminder!!

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over 1 year ago Boil over

Finely chopped walnuts?

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over 1 year ago fearlessem

What about cacao nibs (maybe ground a little to make them closer to desiccated coconut size...)?

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over 1 year ago Mandina80

This looks fab - I'm loving your 'no bake' recipes at the moment. I tried the no-bake granola bites last week - everyone loved them!Anyhoo, when you write 'shredded coconut' is that the same a 'desiccated coconut'...I think of shreds as long and thin, but the photo looks like the plain old desiccated stuff to me (which I have in abundance so, I hope it Is the same thing) Is it an English/American distinction?
Many thanks in advance,
Mandy

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over 1 year ago fearlessem

Mandy - She means desiccated coconut... In the US, the distinction between the two is captured by whether you specify sweetened (long thin shreds) or unsweetened (what you call desiccated).

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over 1 year ago Sharon K

Regarding the 1/2 cup of chocolate...would that be pieces, shredded, or ? Would it translate to 4 ounces? Thanks!