Make Everyday a Friday: Buckwheat and Coconut Balls With Chocolate Coating
Just hearing the word Friday makes us want to change into sweatpants and snuggle up under a blanket. And of course, Friday equals snacks, like these buckwheat and coconut balls with chocolate coating. Yummy. But what we love most about this nutrient dense recipe is that we don’t have to wait until Friday. Yup, you heard it right. Everyday is Friday!
Buckwheat and Coconut Balls with Chocolate Coating
(around 20 balls)
almost 1 cup whole grain buckwheat, soaked for 8 hours *
almost 1 cup shredded coconut
10 fresh dates, pitted
1/2 tsp pure vanilla powder
a pinch of salt
3.5 Tbsp goji berries
Easy peasy chocolate coating:
3.5 Tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil
7 Tbsp raw cacao powder
a pinch of salt
Start by soaking the whole grain buckwheat (instructions below). Drain and rinse until the slimy coating is gone. In a high speed blender, mix all ingredients for the balls except the goji berries, until you have a dough-like consistency. Taste the mixture (don’t forget!). Add the goji berries and pulse a few times. Use a tablespoon to scoop out the mixture, and roll into balls.
To make the chocolate coating, whisk together cold-pressed coconut oil, cacao powder and salt in a saucepan until smooth. The balls are pretty sweet so we prefer them rolled in unsweetened chocolate coating, but feel free to add some maple syrup to the chocolate mixture if you prefer a sweeter taste. In a rush? Skip the chocolate coating and roll the balls in raw cacao powder.
Done! Serve immediately or store in the freezer. Storing soaked buckwheat in the fridge may alter the taste slightly.
Swap the vanilla powder for fresh ginger and cinnamon and you will have lovely apple pie bites instead.
We usually soak whole grain buckwheat in water with some apple cider vinegar (2 cups water/1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar). Why? Soaking helps to break down hard-to-digest components of the grain and at the same time, helps to release highly beneficial nutrients. For best results, don’t forget the apple cider vinegar.
This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are the writer’s own.