first, I have to give credit to OnSheGlows.com for the inspiration for this recipe. 

A couple of people have asked me why i don't do more sweet/dessert recipes....
I guess my main reason is...my blog is about "nutrient dense" foods and it is harder to come up with dessert recipes that fit into that category.  as it states in my "are you dense" link...nutrient dense foods provide us with a high amount of nutrients and a moderate to low amount of calories.  We get a lot of nutrients, and it doesn't cost us a lot of calories!  Nutrient dense foods have a high nutrient to calorie ratio!...this is hard to do for desserts! 
Plus, i typically do not eat desserts, usually it is just a small piece of dark chocolate after dinner, so i do not have many recipes to share! 

this recipe does in fact have a lot of nutrients...from the almond to the coconut to the cocoa powder, but i wouldn't really consider it a moderate to low calorie food item per serving.  is it a better dessert than a piece of cake or pie or a very nutrient poor sweet item like fruit flavored candy?...yes indeed! 

so if you can stick to the serving size on these little balls of joy, then i'd say it is a pretty good and safe way to end a meal!!!
if you make eight balls, it is about 145 calories per ball.  an ounce of dark chocolate is about 165 calories.  so, very comparable!


Dry ingredients
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, extra for rolling in if desired
3 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp espresso powder (optional)

Wet ingredients
2 tbsp coconut oil, in liquid form*
2 tbsp agave nectar or honey, i have done both...both work well
2 tbsp almond or coconut milk,
i have done both...both work well
1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
2 tbsp chopped dried cherries (optional)

put all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  whisk together lightly.
combine wet ingredients in another bowl...*melt coconut oil in the bowl first in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, then add other ingredients and mix lightly.  pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine gently with a large metal or wooden spoon.  add cherries if desired.  it will be pretty wet and sticky.  use a small ice cream scooper or measuring tablespoon and grab some chocolate coconut confection out of the bowl.  roll in your hands until a ball forms.  makes 8.  you can of course make more if you want a smaller serving size.  put in fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.