raw coconut-pecan cocoa bites.

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The only thing I like more than healthified desserts is making healthified desserts and force-feeding them to other people and sharing them with people I like... or people I would like to coerce into liking me. Just kidding.

Most recently, I was dabbling in the kitchen trying to concoct something to take along to a let's-celebrate-the-new-year party with a group of cool folks in the San Francisco theatre world. The conundrum? The party was to begin in half an hour. #ShareableDessertPanicTime

Fortunately, sometimes the best desserts are the product of throwing things in the blender and seeing what happens -- and when it works out, it's extra-awesome, because they're going to be extra-easy to make if you want to reprise them.

In a totally serendipitous turn of events, ALOHA, the wellness brand, just launched a "Bring a Dish to Pass" initiative that I thought sounded really fun. After all, force feeding sharing healthy goodies just spreads the good-eating love (and promotes that fact that eating well doesn't have to be gross). Everyone wins, right? These feel like a good shareable fit to me! 

Coconut Cocoa Squares on Plate

And let's be serious: nothing says 'It's nice to meet you!' quite like an ooey gooey morsel of vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free yumminess: almost no one is left out... sorry, nut allergies. Next time, I'll make a nut-free one! (I was particularly excited that the rest of the spread at the party included {well-labeled, homemade} vegan and gluten-free foods. San Francisco is so awesome. These squares fit in quite well!)

No matter where you are, though, these are luscious enough to pass as a totally guilt pleasure, but surprisingly nourishing enough that no matter whose company you're keeping, these will be gobbled up. (Speaking of: I recently came across this article on the 14 Hottest Start-ups in New York, which made me momentarily wistful for Manhattan start-up land and super impressed by everything these small companies are doing. And then I got to thinking, "What would a party packed with the staffs of all of these start-ups look like?! What would I bring to that?!") Suggestions are welcome...

Coconut Cocoa Squares

SO! They are delicious, they are quick, they’re good for you and they’re totally guilt-free. I mean, maybe try to make the batch last a couple of days… but I won’t judge if you don’t. They’re that good. I love the Christmas cookie flavor that pecans impart, and the coconut really helps hold these little puppies together without using oats or another grain. The coconut oil and almond butter help them stick together, too, as the oils solidify in the freezer and create a little freezer fudge kind of situation (like this Hazelnut Butter Freezer Fudge of 2012).

Coconut Cocoa Square Pecan Topdown

For best results, do let them chill for at least half an hour. I’d be lying if I said Michael and I didn’t eat some of the batter at room temperature, so if that speaks to you, go for it.

Otherwise… mix, shape, chill. Your perfectly shareable dessert will be ready in half an hour. Now, go meet some cool people (and if you're looking for more shareable recipe, ALOHA has some good ones in their Healthy Recipe Page.)

Happy sharing!

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raw pecan coconut cocoa bites
Yields 12
A raw freezer cookie packed with coconut, cocoa and the Christmas-y hint of pecans. Sugar-free goodness that's surprisingly indulgent.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup pecan halves, plus extra for garnish
  2. 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  3. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  4. 1 heaping tbsp cocoa
  5. 1 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  6. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Pulse pecans in food processor until they form a fine crumb.
  2. 2. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. 3. Use your fingers to form batter into 1"x 1/2" pieces.
  4. 4. Press half a pecan into the top of each.
  5. 5. Transfer to the fridge and allow to set for at least half an hour.
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