(allow me to preface this blogpost by saying that while I could type up a whole apology for not posting in forever, I won’t, because quite frankly, I wouldn’t know what I would say anyway. So let’s pretend that little hiatus never happened and jump right in, shall we?)
A few months ago, Tim and I went to a food truck festival in Amsterdam. Food truck festivals are a bit of a hype in the Netherlands right now, but I must admit, I’m loving it! Everywhere you looked there were all these gorgeous trucks with food you normally wouldn’t dream of eating! And there were the smells, the music, the atmosphere…. Right up my alley. One of the trucks with the longest line was a tiny little truck selling the cutest little things: cocoballs. They reminded me of rounded, puffed-up coconut macaroons, about the size of half a ping pong ball, filled with things like chocolate or rum-raisins. We bought a bag of 5 to taste all of them, vowed to come back before we left to take a bunch home with us, and promptly forgot. I’ve been wanting to remake them since then. After all, how hard can it be? Turns out, not hard at all.
After some searching for a recipe for ‘coconut balls’ that wasn’t talking about the raw superfood things everyone seems to be so thrilled about, I came across a blog post from earlier this year on a Dutch blog that, funnily enough, discovered these delectable little treats in the exact same fashion as we did: from a food truck at a food truck festival. And it literally couldn’t be easier than this. The hardest part: not digging in as soon as they come out of the oven. They’re sweet, have a nice crunch on the outside and are soft on the inside, the chocolate adds a nice touch of bittersweet, and hey, they’re even gluten-free! Not that it matters to me, but with the growing amount of people who avoid gluten altogether these days, it’s a nice and quick recipe to have in your arsenal.
Coconut balls / cocoballs (makes about 10)
125 gr grated coconut (unsweetened)
125 gr fine white sugar
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped chocolate
Preheat your oven at 180 °C. Mix all the ingredients together. Shape into even-sized balls by scooping 1/4 cup sized heaps and forming them into rough balls with your hands. Bake them for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool before you chow down. Enjoy!