Coconut Almond Snowballs | Raffaello

Do you know those people who always complain about how it doesn’t feel like Christmas when there’s no snow? We all know them, don’t we? Well guess what, I’m one of them. Seriously, though: While I’m annoyed by people who complain about the weather all the time, I might be one of those who fancy a white Christmas with lots of snow. I mean, who doesn’t right? Well…complaining doesn’t help and we can’t change the weather, but we can change our mood i n s t a n t l y with this delicious sweet treat.

♪♫ I’m dreaming of a white Christmas It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ♪♫

While Bing Crosby and Michael Bublé dream and sing about it, unfortunately it’s just not going to happen – at least where I live. Regarding to the weather forecast for my hometown, there won’t be a white Christmas this year. Depending on where you live, you might not experience one either. But don’t worry! I have an idea how to get into a more festive mood. I decided if the dream cannot be fulfilled outside I’d just come up with something in the kitchen. The result: delicious little snowballs that do not only look like Raffaello, they taste like the coconut almond treat, too. And you know what – you only need six healthy ingredients and ten minutes to have yourself some homemade Raffaello and your very own definition of “snowy” Christmas.

If all that makes you roll your eyes because you’re not into all this Christmas stuff at all, this recipe is for you anyway. The treat may look like winter but it tastes like endless summer. Imagine palm trees, clear blue sky, soft white sand under your feet, sea breeze…Still here? Keep reading then!

The recipe contains one main ingredient: coconut butter. Not only does it taste delicious on its own (e.g. as a spread), it is also high in valuable fiber and packed with healthy fats. Now you might think how is it any different to coconut oil? Well, coconut oil is just the oil that is extracted from the meat whereas coconut butter is the whole coconut meat (including the oil!), pureed into a creamy butter. It is very handy for a lot of recipes, for instance serving as a basis for soups and sauces. It also happens to be a great alternative to icing, e.g. for star-shaped cinnamon cookies.

In this spirit, let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! ♫♪♫

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prep time: 10 min

Cooking time: 

Total: 10 min

Ingredients (Makes about 10-12 balls, depending on the size)

  • 4 tbsp of coconut butter* (see notes)
  • ¾ cup of shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • ¼ cup of almond flour
  • 5 tsp of maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder (or ½ tsp vanilla extract)
  • A pinch of Himalayan salt (or any salt, really)
  • 10-12 blanched almonds
  • More shredded coconut for coating (about ¼ of a cup)

You will also need:

Optional: Food processor (See instructions for method without one) or hand mixer with dough hook

Directions

  1. Start by placing the coconut butter in a bowl above a pot of (boiling) hot water (simple version of a double boiler). If the coconut butter is creamy already or if using homemade, skip this step.
  2. Then place the coconut butter, shredded coconut, flour, sweetener and vanilla into a food processor and process until a ball forms or everything sticks together very well. If you don’t use a food processor, just mix everything together with a fork and knead with your hands.
  3. Form dough into bite sized balls while inserting an almond into each of them. Then roll in shredded coconut until coated well. Enjoy right away or keep in the fridge until ready to serve. This makes them even better.

*Notes: If you happen to have a powerful food processor you could even make your own coconut butter. Simply process some (unsweetened) shredded coconut until a creamy butter forms. This could take a while (up to 10 minutes, depending on the power of your food processor) while it may be necessary to scrape down the sides every minute or so. Also you may want to stop before the food processor gets too hot and pause for a few minutes. And there you have it: homemade coconut butter. If this seems too much of an effort you could also just buy coconut butter in any health food store or online. It usually comes in a glass jar and may be hard, depending on the climate where you live.

Btw this would also make a great hostess gift for a Christmas- or New Year’s party. Especially for those who are sad not to have a white Christmas this year.

Let me know if you’re like me and don’t really feel festive when there is no snow, or if you’re someone who’d rather go without any.

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