No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

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White Christmas should never be taken for granted not even when it comes to making Christmas treats. This No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs recipe is just in time for Christmas to serve the guests or family members. You can add a splash of rum or brandy into the mixture before you roll them into balls for adding a festive touch of flavors. You can also use this recipe for gifting purpose or for cookie swaps at the workplace. They also make a perfect comfort dessert when you want to eat something that’s easy and quick to make. Sometimes you just need to steer away from an exhausting list of ingredients and painstakingly time-consuming recipes to be able to enjoy simple no bake treats that still taste as delicious. They’re loaded with chocolate of course but also another important ingredient that essentially adds the “snow” effect is shredded coconut. The most important step in these easy homemade cookies is to combine all the ingredients well and to let them sit overnight so that the flavors bind well. You can serve these snowballs either cold straight from the fridge or at room temperature. They also freeze well for up to three months, so it is a great make-ahead treat.

The greatest part of this recipe is that you can add other favorite ingredients to make them taste better. Like for example, you can add raisins, cranberries or goji berries to make them healthier or add new flavors like mint or a hint of almond extract, or even peanut butter to add a natural source of protein. On special occasions like anniversaries and kids’ birthday parties, you can throw these balls in add rainbow sprinkles or marshmallow fluff with chocolate ganache drizzled over the top to make the snowballs look edgy and fun. If you desire, you can lightly toast the coconut flakes to add a touch of nutty flavor to the snowballs but remember they will no longer be white to add to the snow effect. Make sure not to overcook the coconut flakes while toasting them or they could burn. Using a good quality vanilla extract will impact the flavour to a large extent in this recipe. Always choose the vanilla extract with no additives like corn syrup etc. The ingredients list on the product should read as 100 percent pure vanilla. Alternately, you could also add coconut extract to this recipe to give an elevated taste of all coconut to the snowballs.

The fact that this recipe uses unsweetened coconut flakes and cocoa powder also adds fewer calories to the recipe. You can purchase unsweetened coconut at any whole foods or baking store and sometimes it is called as ‘desiccated’ coconut. You can make all natural shredded coconut in your kitchen by tossing dried coconut bits into a blender or a coffee grinder and crush them until you get a coarse texture. Besides the essential health benefits that unsweetened coconut nutrition has to offer, it is also antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Another great way of sweetening these snowballs the natural way is to add a bit of honey, agave or maple syrup to the recipe in the place of granulated white sugar to be able to make it a bit healthier.

Thank you to Sally at the Sally's Baking Addiction recipe blog for sharing this No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs recipe with us. Do visit Sally’s blog for more recipes for easy homemade cookies that are perfect for all occasions. This Snowball cookies recipe is a beautiful little surprise your family will enjoy. Make them today and enjoy with your loved ones!

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