Chocolate Coconut Bites

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These chocolate coconut bites are the perfect desert for a summer dinner party as they are quite light and refreshing, whilst still giving you that last satisfaction of a sweet bite at the end of a delicious meal. They are quite simple to make, but do require a little of organisation as you need to soak the cashews and make different chocolate layers. If you’re pressed for time simply dunk fresh fruit like strawberries into the chocolate mixture - just as delicious! Ps.: this recipe can also double as a healthier bounty bar version!

Serves about 20

The filling:

80gr cashews
60gr desiccated coconut
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp agave syrup
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

The chocolate coating:

125gr caco butter
6 tbsp caco powder
3 tsp agave syrup (adjust to taste)
pinch of salt

Speedy version: melt 150gr dark chocolate

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Start by soaking the cashews in water for an hour.

When the cashews are soaked, drain them and add them to a mixer with the rest of the filling ingredients and blend until you get a thick paste. Roll little bite-sized balls in your hands and place them onto a plate and into the freezer for an hour to set.

You can then start working on the chocolate coating by melting the cacao butter and cacao powder at bain-marie over low heat. Add the agave syrup and pinch of salt towards the end and stir well, you can then taste and adjust to taste - you might like it more or less sweet! Then set aside to cool, the chocolate can’t be too runny but has to become quite thick in order to get the best coating.

If you’re pressed for time you can of course, simply melt a 150gr chocolate bar!

Take the filling out of the freezer and dunk each bite into chocolate so that it’s completely covered before setting it back on the plate. Once you’ve covered them all in chocolate set the plate back into the freezer for 15 minutes. Then repeat the coating procedure once or twice (how much chocolate you have left will depend on the size of your balls), as this will ensure a nice thick chocolate coating.

Store the bites in an airtight container in the freezer and take them out a couple of minutes before serving!