I love making bites. I think I have a bit of an addiction to them actually.
The funny part is, I should have seen this one coming. When I was a little girl I was a “biter”. Just ask my mom. She loves to share the stories of how I would bite little kids who didn’t share their toys. Worse yet, when their parents asked what my name was I would give them a made up name, “Ethel”.
I apologize to all the “Ethels” of the world for tarnishing your good name. Forgive me!
Good News? I eventually outgrew this stage and have stopped biting (for the most part).
Bad News? There is a possibility you may get bit if you don’t share these sweet, delicious bites with the ones you love.
- 2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (finely ground)
- 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons of cool water
- 2 ounces of unsweetened dark chocolate
Mix all of the ingredients (except the 2 teaspoons of water and 2oz of chocolate) together in a bowl.
Combine the ingredients until the coconut oil is fully mixed. Add 2 teaspoons of water to the bowl and mix. . If you feel the dough isn’t sticky enough, add water by the teaspoon until the dough sticks together. When the dough is ready the ingredients should combine and stick together to form the bites.
Create a double boiler on the stove using a pot of water and a heat safe glass bowl or metal bowl. Bring the water to a slow boil, and place the 2oz of chocolate into the bowl to melt. As the chocolate is melting from the steam below, form the “dough” into little balls. Using a spoon, carefully dip the coconut balls into the melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper and allow the chocolate to cool. As it cools, it will harden. If you happened to have a child (or 5) giving you wide eyed, wanting stares while you wait for them to harden you can pop them in the freezer for 8-10 mins to speed up the process.
The bitterness of the chocolate beautifully compliments the sweet coconut. Think: Healthy Mounds Candy Bar.
If, by chance, they happen to disappear while the kids are at school just tell them Ethel came over.