Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint and coconut snack balls

I made these as part of my dessert spread for Christmas last year – they’re a paleo friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, and (refined) sugar-free treat that tastes just like an after-dinner mint. They’re so good, too good, and as usual I ate far too many of them (they didn’t survive Boxing Day).

I originally found the recipe over at Meaningful Eats – a great resource for gluten-free recipes. Since first making them at Christmas I’ve modified it slightly – instead of patties, I make into round(ish) balls, and instead of using store-bought chocolate to cover them, I make my own using a combination of Cacao powder, coconut oil and agave. Either way though, the chocolate coating goes hard within ~10 seconds of being on the frozen treats, which makes things nice ‘n easy.

Ingredients

Balls:

  • 1 c shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ c honey
  • 1-2 tsp peppermint extract (or essence)

Chocolate coating option #1:

  • ½ c coconut oil (melted, room temperature)
  • ¼ c cacao powder, sifted (or cocoa, read about the Cacao and Cocoa difference)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Agave (or honey)
  • 1-2 tsp peppermint extract (or essence)

Chocolate coating option #2:

  • ½ block of Whittakers 80%,
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (melted, room temperature)

Instructions:

  1. Make the balls
    1. Mix all the ingredients for the balls in a bowl (or food processor)
    2. Take generously-sized tablespoon chunks of the mix and form them into balls. I ended up using one hand (conveniently – my other had was out of action due to a knife mishap) squeezing the mixture in my palm, rotating til it turned into a ball. I’m pretty sure it doubles as an RSI exercise, too ;-)
    3. Place the balls on grease-proof paper, on a plate and pop in the freezer (the longer the better – I generally leave mine in overnight)
  2. Make the coating
    1. Mix all coating ingredients in a bowl (whichever option you choose)
    2. Dunk them in the mixture, you can mix it up by going for the full dunk (like me), half dunk or drizzle (depending on how much chocolate coating you want).
    3. Place the balls back on the frozen plate once coated.
    4. Store in the fridge (or freezer for longevity)

Enjoy! They’re best served straight from the fridge, either as a snack on-the-go or as a simple dessert with coffee.

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint and coconut snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint and coconut snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint and coconut snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint and coconut snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint and coconut snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint and coconut snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint and coconut snack balls

Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined-sugar-free peppermint and coconut snack balls

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