Thursday, February 28, 2013
A little chocolatey, a little coconut, and little almond combined with ground flax and oatmeal to make a truffle like energy snack that's both healthy and, I believe, vegan. (Please let me know if I'm mistaken, and which ingredients make it not vegan. I'm not well versed in vegan cooking.) Unfortunately, I didn't actually taste these treats. See, I meant to make them before giving up chocolate for Lent, but unfortunately I ran out of time and ended up making them on Ash Wednesday, so no taste-testing for me. But them smelled amazing and I think the combination of cocoa, coconut and almost, with the added nuttiness of the oatmeal and the flax, would be quite decadent. I don't believe the banana adds too much flavor, but I imagine you could swap that for applesauce if you think banana would be too much. Dave wouldn't try these (I think he's afraid of flax), but I really do think I'll make these again for myself.
So why did I make a vegan chocolate treat I couldn't enjoy? To share with my Foodie Pen Pal! It's that time again, and Melanie, the mother of four I had the honor of treating to some fun foodie gifts this month, eats vegan and low fat, but I threw in some extras for her family. On the other hand, I received an a-maze-ing box from Mitzi packed full of delicious goodies from Louisiana, where Mitzi is from. Seriously, this was a never-ending box I kept reaching into and pulling out more and more wonderful snacks and meal-starters (and then some Mardi Gras beads!!). Every month I look forward to Foodie Pen Pals, a concept thought up by Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean. Go visit her blog to learn how to join--bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome! Each month you'll have a chance to send a box full of goodies to on foodie while receiving a box from another foodie. It's a great way to try new things and meet new people.
When Melanie told me she was vegan, I still wanted to include a homemade treat that she could enjoy, as well as share with her family. But, since this isn't a cooking method I use often, so I wanted to make something with standard pantry ingredients. Plus it had something I could ship. These no-bake treats from Angela at Oh She Glows fit the bill. I used a sugar substitute and sliced almonds and the mixture came together well. The coconut didn't stick as readily as I'd hoped it would, but otherwise, I thought these turned out well. I haven't heard from Melanie yet, but I hope they were great! (Feel free to chime in and leave a comment letting us know the result, Melanie!)
1 cup flax seeds or ground flax
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup sugar substitute
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup mashed bananas (2 medium bananas)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted or otherwise
Add flax seeds and oats to a blender and blend until ground to a flour-like consistency.
Place the flax and oats in a medium bowl and add sugar substitute and cocoa powder and whisk to combine. Add banana and stir, creating a soft dough. Stir in almonds.
Roll mixture into large balls. Note: I used a medium cookie scoop to portion the mixture, then rolled with my hands. Roll balls in shredded coconut to coat and arrange on a parchment lined pan.
Freeze balls for about an hour, then enjoy.
Makes a dozen truffles.
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