Raw Cacao Bites

It's next to impossible to avoid sweets and temptations this time of year. My solution? Indulge in something delicious that's not as bad for you as those sugar-laden options lurking around the office and waiting for you at holiday parties.

These bites are loaded with healthy fats and the rich flavor from raw cacao will blow your chocolate cravings out of the water. I use coconut flakes because I think they end up blending better. If you use shredded coconut, it may throw off the ratios.

I dare not make more than one batch at a time, but if you have more will power than I do, this recipe is easily doubled.

Raw Cacao Bites

Makes 12

3 cups coconut flakes

3/4 cup raw cacao powder

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 tblsp coconut oil

Pinch of kosher salt

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until well-combined. The mixture will start to form a ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl when it's fully mixed. At this point, scrape down the bowl and process a little longer to be sure the coconut is fully combined. If the mixture looks really oily, place in the fridge to firm up slightly before rolling into balls.

Roll one tablespoon of the mixture between your hands to form a ball. Flatten the orb slightly and make an indent with your thumb. Place in the fridge to harden and keep there until ready to serve.