Friday, April 22, 2011

Chocolate Earth Balls: Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! Every day should be Earth Day, and most of the recipes I post are earth- friendly. Here's a simple recipe that's fun to make with the kids. As I've mentioned many times, always check food product, associations and markets for great recipes! This recipe is from Whole Foods Market! What says Earth Day more than Chocolate Earth Balls! These Earth Balls tend to be a bit sticky: just a heads up!

Chocolate Earth Balls

1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons carob powder or unsweetened organic cocoa powder
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided (you can used sweetened, but it is not as healthy... obviously)
1/2 cup semisweet fair-trade organic chocolate, chopped fine (or use chocolate chips)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.)

Mix the peanut butter, honey and carob or cocoa powder until well combined. Stir in the raisins and 2 tablespoons of the coconut. Stir in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Place the remaining coconut, sesame seeds and nuts into 3 separate bowls. Using a spoon, scoop small heaps of the peanut mixture from the bowl; roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Rolling is easier if you form a rough ball, roll in the coconut, and then continue rolling into a more perfect shape. Roll each finished ball in more coconut, sesame seeds and chopped nuts. Arrange the balls on a plate, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Photo: Whole Foods Market

1 comment:

Jane said...

Well, these look pretty darn tasty. I've never been a big fan of regular hot-cross buns, but then I never met a chocolate one before! I may just have to break down and make a batch.