Almond Coconut Balls (Aka Healthy Marzipan)


A healthy no-guilt Valentine's treat and dessert: Almond Coconut Balls. I am quite proud of these as they are really good and with so little ingredients, and even healthy ones. It gets even better: they are raw. No cooking or lots of dirty dishes involved.
They taste like coconutty marzipan, but without all the sugar that you normally find in regular marzipan. It only needs two tablespoons of agave syrup. It's just enough to keep the almonds and the coconut together and to sweeten them enough.

You wanna know how delicious they are? Listen to this conversation I just had with my husband as I was writing this post:

Me: Come have a look. Which picture do you like most?
Husband: I like this one (referring to the one below).
Me: But it's Valentine's Day soon. Don't you like the ones with the pink liners? (Referring to the one above)
Husband: Oh yeah, with that reference, the pink ones are nice too. You could have arranged them in the shape of a heart though.
Me: Too late. When I was ready to photograph them, I only had six left.....

PS: While I was writing this post I had the last six of them. So much for the Valentine's treat....
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ALMOND COCONUT BALLS

(Printable Recipe)

1 cup almond meal
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons agave syrup

Flavoring (Optional)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange peel
1 tablespoon rum or brandy

Coating
unsweetened cocoa powder
unsweetened coconut flakes

Yields 20-25 
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Combine all basic ingredients plus the flavoring in a food processor and blend until it becomes a thick paste. Make balls of the size of a cherry and coat them in either cocoa powder or coconut flakes. Place them in mini cupcake liners.

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