Fatty Coconut Energy Balls Two-Ways (Low-Carb, Dairy-Free, Paleo)

I recently had to accept the sad truth that super low-carb fat bombs (as promoted in the keto community) do very little for my hunger or cravings, as fat by itself is not very filling a food. And, while some folks like to argue that “fat doesn’t make you fat” and that calories don’t matter, I’ve found that not to be entirely true – at least in my case. Although calories alone don’t determine your weight, if you have to eat 500-600 calories in fat bombs in order to feel satiated, then something’s not quite right!

So I started playing around with different compositions, until I realized that the missing ingredient was fiber! Both of the recipes featured here offer a nice dose of soluble and insoluble fiber, helping you keep cravings at bay and feel satisfied longer.

The chocolate fat balls feature ground flaxseed, whole hemp hearts and bittersweet cocoa, with the freeze-dried blueberries adding a wonderful crunch. The strawberry-coconut ones are simpler in terms of ingredients, yet no less delicious!

YIELD

7-9 medium balls each

For the chocolate-blueberry-hemp balls:

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter or unsweetened creamed coconut (they’re the same thing)
  • 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried blueberries (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free organic almond butter (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder (optional – I use it for energy and hormonal balance)
  • 1/4 tsp reishi powder (optional – I use it for nerve support and anxiety)
  • a few drops vanilla extract (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • liquid stevia to taste

PREPARATION

  1. Gently melt the coconut butter and coconut oil in heatproof bowl over hot water, stirring occasionally.
  2. Take off the heat and steer in dry ingredients.
  3. Add sweetener, if using.
  4. If the dough is too wet to roll into balls, place in the fridge for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Roll into bite sized balls then lay flat on a tray or large plate and freeze.
  6. After 20-30 minutes transfer to airtight container and freeze. They will last several months in the freezer.
  7. Thaw for 6-7 minutes before enjoying. Top with a rich coconut yogurt (like New Earth or The Coconut Cult) if desired!

For the strawberry-coconut balls:

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter or unsweetened creamed coconut (they’re the same thing)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup freeze dried strawberries (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • stevia to taste

PREPARATION

  1. Gently melt the coconut butter and coconut oil in heatproof bowl over hot water, stirring occasionally.
  2. Take off the heat and steer in strawberries and coconut flakes.
  3. Add sweetener, if using.
  4. If the dough is too wet to roll into balls, place in the fridge for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Roll into bite sized balls then lay flat on a tray or large plate and freeze.
  6. After 20-30 minutes transfer to airtight container and freeze. They will last several months in the freezer.
  7. Thaw for 6-7 minutes before enjoying.

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