Decadent Mint Chocolate Balls

These are the perfect cure for a chocolate craving!

Like most normal people I do like my chocolate fix, especially when that mix includes coconut. I also have a thing for peppermint and, as I wanted these 'treats' to have some purpose other than indulgence, (nothing wrong with that of course!) I've added some hemp hearts for a dose of protein, magnesium, iron, zinc and manganese depending on the proportions you use. And that's the point of this snack; you try, adapt and modify to suit your own taste in the knowledge that what you're eating has all been chosen by you - no additives, preservatives or other processed crap :-)

So 'the' recipe as I made it;
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 15 g hemp hearts (5g protein)
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp organic coconut oil (don't be fooled by 'extra virgin' as it only applies to olive oil)
  • A couple of pinches Himalayan Pink Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp organic peppermint extract
Mix the lot together in a bowl, scoop out and scrunch into bite size balls; I find whatever size I make them they are always bite size! Place on a plate and put into the fridge for as long as your will power holds out and enjoy! Tip: if you're impatient try them in the freezer for less time... :-) And I'd love to hear of any adaptations to this recipe - the sky's the limit!

This recipe was inspired by my friend Anna and her 'Sea Salt Macaroons'. I decided to alter her recipe to suit my own, slightly less sweet taste to come up with these demon treats - and that's the perfect thing with these treats; just alter the ingredients, change the quantities and make them yours!!


  1. What can I use instead of hemp hearts? (Ive never heard of them)

    1. Hemp hearts (are the raw shelled hemp seed - from your profile it looks like you're in Australia - so these would be them

      Whilst I haven't tried it - I'm wondering that sesame seeds might work - they won't have the same nutritional punch that the hemp has and it may add a different taste but one that I can imagine would be quite tasty - if you try it let me know!!


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