Since it is officially spring and my fresh mint patch is faithfully growing in my garden I wanted to create something special with it. My thought started on a very busy St. Patrick's day this year when I wanted to make something green that was out of the ordinary, but ran out of time until the following day. So the story begins....
These fresh and sweet snacks came about as an accident! I had the crazy idea of making some sort of healthy, sweet pesto sauce using mint instead of basil or another savory green. I thought it would be delicious over fruit or over oatmeal. However, I had forgotten that coconut oil will solidify at room temperature. So, my pesto "sauce" turned into a solid mixture. I actually started to spoon some of the mixture when it was still a bit more liquid onto some raspberries, then it solidified. So, I decided to roll the mixture into balls and then roll them in coconut. Perfect! I really love happy accidents and I hope you do too!
Enjoy this happy and delicious snack! They keep really well in the refrigerator. It is a perfect way to use that giant mint patch in your garden!
Mint Coconut Chocolate Snacks:
2 cups fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup chocolate chips- gluten free/allergy friendly mini chips (add in after mixture is processed/mixed)
+ extra unsweetened coconut flakes for rolling the snacks in
1. Place the fresh mint leaves, coconut flakes, coconut oil, kosher salt, maple syrup and almonds in the bowl of a food processor. Process until thoroughly mixed. You want to still have some small chunks of almonds in the mixture. Mix in the mini chocolate chips. Let the mixture sit for 5" minutes until it solidifies.
2. Scoop out balls by about the tablespoon. Roll into balls with your hands. Roll the balls in unsweetened coconut flakes. You may leave some of the snacks "plain" as well as they are very pretty!
3. Then, you can keep these snacks in the fridge for when you want a quick, healthy, sweet snack!