Get ready to experience a delightful twist on the classic chocolate coconut balls with the addition of nutritious seeds. The combination of rich chocolate, tropical coconut, and crunchy seeds creates a mouthwatering sensation that is hard to resist. Whether you're looking for a healthy snack or a crowd-pleasing dessert, this recipe is a perfect choice.
These bite-sized treats are not only delicious but also packed with wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.
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Carbs in Seeds
The carbohydrate content in seeds can vary depending on the type of seed. While seeds are generally known for their healthy fats, protein, and fiber, they do contain a certain amount of carbohydrates.
Seeds are tiny powerhouses of nutrition, often overlooked but packed with a range of essential nutrients. These little wonders come in various types, including chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. While each seed variety has its own unique nutrient profile, they generally offer several health benefits:
- Seeds are rich in healthy fats, particularly omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health, reducing inflammation, and supporting heart health.
- Seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which aids digestion, promotes satiety, and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Including seeds in your diet can contribute to a healthy digestive system.
- Seeds are a plant-based source of protein, making them an excellent addition to vegetarian or vegan diets. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues, maintaining muscle mass, and supporting overall growth and development.
Just a few ingredients make these tasty treats.
- Chocolate - To make these coconut balls vegan, use a good quality dark chocolate made with cocoa butter and no milk.
- Coconut - Unsweetened desiccated for dried coconut.
- Pumpkin seeds - Also known as pepitas. High in magnesium and a great source of antioxidants.
- Hemp seeds - are a nutritional powerhouse, rich in healthy fats, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They provide a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health, reducing inflammation, and supporting heart health.
- Sunflower seeds - popular for their nutty flavor and satisfying crunch, offer a range of health benefits. People with nut allergies should exercise caution, as sunflower seeds belong to the same botanical family as tree nuts.
- Coconut oil - When it comes to choosing coconut oil for making coconut balls, it's best to opt for unrefined, virgin, or extra-virgin coconut oil.
How to make chocolate coconut balls
This is an easy no bake recipe that you could make with the kids.
Melt the chocolate
Add the other ingredients, mix and form into balls.
Allow the chocolate coconut balls to cool completely at room temperature before storing them. This ensures that they maintain their shape and texture. Place the cooled coconut balls in an airtight container and store in the fridge. They will last for 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
More keto snacks
If you need a snack to keep you going in between meals, try these easy recipes:
Chocolate Coconut Balls
- 1 cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened
- 4 oz chocolate, dark with high cocoa solids
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- In a bain marie (double boiler), melt the chocolate.
- Add the seeds, coconut oil and coconut. Mix well and set aside to cool.
- Form balls with a cookie scooper, or your hands. Place the balls on a parchment lined plate or tray and keep in the fridge to firm.
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