Kids love cakes and chocolates. Even though I don’t use refined sugar in my home cooking, my kids are no different and are always after something sweet. I try to make sure that I have a range of fruit and homemade biscuits in the house for them to snack on and find myself always trying to think of new ideas to keep things fresh and exciting.

Sometimes I want to give them a real treat and these Raw Cacao & Coconut Cake Pops are just prefect. I originally started making them as a little treat for myself. I make a batch at the start of each week and have one each time I get a craving for something chocolatey (that is as long as my husband hasn’t found them first).

Then a few weeks ago my son went to his friends birthday party and really enjoyed a cake pop his mum had made. He asked if I could make him one and that is where I got the idea to use my cacao and coconut balls as not only are they delicious and really nutritious, they are also the perfect treat for the top of a lolly stick. They went down an absolute storm with my boys and luckily they are so simple and quick to make, I know they will be wanting me to whip up a batch on a regular basis!

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup pecans or almonds
• 1 cup coconut (1/2 for mixture and 1/2 for rolling the balls in)
• 1 cup dates
• 4 tsp cacao
• 2 tsp maca powder (optional, please note pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should avoid maca)
• 2 tbs maple syrup
• 3 tbs coconut oil

Method: 

1. Place the pecans (or almonds if you are using them) in to a food processor and blitz until they form a chunky crumb.
2. Add the dates and blitz until the dates are also broken down.
3. Add the cacao, maca powder and half the shredded coconut and blitz again until combined.
4. Add the coconut oil and honey and blitz one last time until the mixture clumps together.
5. Take small amounts of the mixture and form a ball with your hands then roll in the remaining shredded coconut.
6. Place all finished balls on a plate and refrigerate for at least half an hour to firm up.
7. They will last for just over a week in the fridge if kept in a sealed container.

Chocolate balls

About The Author

Annie Yates
Holistic Therapist

Annie Yates is a natural beauty and holistic therapist. She believes in nourishing the body inside and out with the very best ingredients you can find. Along with performing pure treatments she also writes the health and beauty blog Wild Heart Native Soul, where she shares tips and recipes helping you to maintain a happy and healthy body and mind. Annie was previously an illustrator, stylist and designer and enjoyed 10 years working in the fashion and media industries. In 2009 Annie left her media career to have children and this change of lifestyle had a profound effect on her as she became even more conscious of the products and ingredients she was putting on and in her body. After re-training as a therapist, she started her health and wellbeing blog Wild Heart Native Soul to promote her passion for the wonderful ingredients found in nature. Website: wildheartnativesoul.co.uk

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