Ah it’s the month of love. Love for your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, kids, friends and yes – even yourself! I know tradition dictates that enormous heart-shaped box of chocolates & roses but let’s be honest here. Homemade treats to me are best and honestly, most of those chocolates in the box aren’t even favorites. I prefer to spend time creating a special treat from my heart to share. If you wish to have chocolate – feel free to dip these bites into melted dark chocolate.
So recently I’ve learned & embraced coconut manna (aka butter) thanks to my dietician. It’s a medium-chain fat & is used by the body for energy. Coconut manna is available at most grocery stores near the coconut oil. Manna is known to helps you burn more calories & is an appetite suppressant. And the fatty acids can help boost brain activity! Food is powerful. So what is it actually? Coconut manna is made from the meat of the coconut, very similar to the consistency of a nut butter. It’s decadent and heart-healthy. It’s a lovely alternative to your normal nut butter routine so think topping toast, oatmeal or just out of the jar. As for this recipe, these bites are chock full of protein & healthy fats leaving you satiated unlike those chocolates. This recipe yielded 15 bites & took about 10 minutes to make. Store perfectly in the freezer or fridge.
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Note how the dough is pinched together & it sticks.
Using a small scoop, roll out the dough and place on a tray. Repeat until you have used all of the dough. I prefer to freeze or chill for about 20-30 minutes to set & firm. Once firm, I recommend storing in the freezer or fridge in an airtight container until served.
In the freezer these will remain fresh for 30 days or in the fridge for 8-10 days. The bites package up nicely in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon for gift-giving as well. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Sunday: 11.2 miles (8:45 pace for 10 miles and then a cool down (9:08 pace for 1.2 miles), yoga & rolling/stretching
Monday: 1h weight lifting at the gym & then 30 minutes of kettle bell workout at home/rolling/stretching
— Knead to Cook