These gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free chocolate coconut bites are a breeze to make and are perfect for when you just need a little sweetness!
I know a lot of people try to avoid sweets after the holidays, but I still crave dessert. The only problem is that after a full month of nearly constant cookie baking, I’m far too lazy to make anything involved. The simpler, the better – and if it’s kind of healthy? Bonus!
These vegan and gluten-free chocolate coconut bites that I made for Food Fanatic are the perfect remedy for those of us who want something a little sweet after the holidays. They really only take 5 minutes to make and you don’t even need to turn on the oven. I made something similar last year after the holidays, these chocolate hazelnut fudge bites, and was excited to try an almond version.
As written, the recipe yields 28 balls but I usually only make a fourth. If I made the full recipe, I’d probably eat 9 of them, get a stomachache, and then be sad for the rest of the day. I’m all for recipes with built-in portion control!
And they’re pretty dietary friendly. If you use certified gluten-free oats, they’re gluten-free. They’re also dairy-free and vegan, as long as you use dairy-free chocolate. If you’re not vegan and don’t want to use maple syrup, honey would probably work just as well (though I haven’t tried it and can’t guarantee it). And hey, they’re 100% whole grain because of the oats so you’re getting your fiber, too!
These don’t taste super coconutty, so if you want more coconut flavor, be sure to use roasted coconut. You could also roll them in it! Or add some coconut extract.
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