20 comments already!

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

OMG SCHOOL IS BAAAACK! You have to understand. I have been waiting for 10 years for my kids to be taken care of by someone else besides me and Alex for free at least half a day!!!

In PNW we do not start school until after the Labour Day. On top of that, add gradual entry to kindergarten with one day it is a 20 minute interview. Another day is off because another half class is attending. A day after come for a half day. Then oops, it’s a weekend. Monday off. And finally, today, we have arrived to almost a full day. Just until 1PM. A true full day starts only next week till 2:20PM. So, honestly I have been one crazy mama the past few weeks losing my shit. And this is very nicely put.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

Trying to keep a house clean, kids fed, getting work done and raising kids without iPads and video games ain’t a job for a husband. Man, I need a week to slowly recover to a normal self Olena. I couldn’t blog as much as I would like to and it has been killing me. I do not have a stay at home mom gene in me. I need to work. I am a work from home mom which automatically makes me a stay at home mom with benefits but even more responsibilities haha.

I am glad the craziness is over. I am glad unbrushed teeth till 4PM nightmare is over. Not mine, kids’. I am glad they can go and get dirty in paint at school and come home exhausted for a TV break and a snack. Haha, I love that! And then it is bedtime. I wish my bedtime was 6PM. I have been dreaming about it the moment I would wake up. No, when kids woke up. Which is never past 7:30AM. OMG. Why these kids don’t want to sleep in?!

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

So, inability to compose even 3 meaningful sentences during the past few weeks forced me more into the kitchen. I guess stress made me crave chocolate. Like crazy. At first I was eating organic dark chocolate bars. Then when we were out I had to make my own.

See, I was laying in bed last night till midnight unable to sleep. I had a few cups of coffee in the morning because if you saw my Monday’s morning kitchen you would have had 3 margaritas too. No, let me show you MY Monday morning kitchen.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

A weekend of a hockey tournament, everyone eating at home and hosting friends on Saturday will do just that to your kitchen. When Alex came downstairs on Monday at 6:30AM and saw our kitchen he made me coffee right away. After 15 years my husband knows me well. Like we never ever leave our kitchen like this for the night. So, he knew this was bad. Not to mention the sticky greasy fingerprints all over main floor’s walls and furniture, piles of laundry upstairs and no school for a 5 year old.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

OMG, no school. I thought I would die. No, honestly. What is wrong with kids of 2016?! They are so hard to work with. Little things do not make them happy. Adam’s latest idea for the past week has been…Just hear me out. Imagine 5,000 Lego pieces in boxes all over the room and then your kid pulls out a manual for a tiny 95 piece police car and wants you to help him rebuild it. But first you have to locate those 95 pieces. WTF! And if you say “No” it is a full blown tantrum. And like this for days.

Or an idea of a water balloon fight in +15C weather with no water balloons at home. Like why the F… it can’t be a colouring, a favourite TV show or a playground request?! Seriously, what is wrong with my children?! OMG, no school almost killed me. Yes, Monday was a coffee morning despite me cutting back on coffee and dairy. But this is what I mean – balance! Dead mama or a caffeinated mama? A no brainer, right?!

I don’t mean to bore anyone with stories about my kids. No, wait, it is not boring. It is my survival stories. These stories are about me. Isn’t all my life about me?! Haha. Last night me and Alex drove in separate cars to a hockey parent meeting. Why separate cars? Because after he was going home to put kids to bed and I was going grocery shopping. Yes, at 9PM. Anyways, we were having the quietest conversation of 2016 on phones waving at each other in mirrors! It is retarded, I know.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

So, I am so over kids at home and just have to share my pain. I just have to let it all out. My mom tries to offer me solutions all the time. Which are to sell all Lego on Craigslist, for example. Not helpful. Like at all. There is no other solution except somebody else taking care of the kids. Period. No solution. I need sympathy or come over here and do my job. That is it. Which she offered to do and in less than 2 weeks me and Alex are off to…You will have to wait. I will post pictures of all our sexy selves sleeping everywhere on vacation story here. The goal for this vacation is NOTHING. To check out from real life. This is the goal, my friends.

So, last night I couldn’t sleep and was laying in bed next to snoring Alex. Which doesn’t help to sleep but we are clearly too young to sleep in separate rooms yet. I had a perfect story to write today and now it is gone. Poof. Of course. So, I wrote what I am feeling like right now at 12PM on Tuesday. I worked out and made these healthy chocolate coconut balls. I came up with the recipe during those crazy weeks out of pure necessity to stay sane. I wanted a dark chocolate (my favourite!) treat without much guilt.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

Combining coconut oil (which I have 2 HUGE jars of right now because I forgot I had one and Costco doesn’t joke with its jars) with cacao powder and maple syrup makes dark chocolate. Did you know?! I prefer maple syrup to honey because it mixes and tastes better. My personal preference. Then I added unsweetened organic coconut flakes which I think makes the best combo in the world. I could eat Bounty almost every day if it wouldn’t make me fat, kill my gut flora and poison me with chemicals. And then some rolled or quick cooking steel cut oats for texture and carbs. That is it.

And no food processor necessary like many balls recipes call for. Yes, balls need a recipe apparently. Everything is mixed in one bowl or even a pot you melt coconut oil in.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

Because I have nothing else to do, I wrote this post in like 10 chunks. After school pick up and forcing unfinished lunch into a 5 year old, I made myself a cup of green tea and carefully placed 2 of my vegan chocolate coconut balls next to it on a plate. Not too close so they don’t melt. I do need a chocolate boost to survive past my desired bedtime until the real one happens.

Until next sane time, friends. Oh, and I was told, that these balls remind many of you healthy haystacks. I wasn’t born than but here you go.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a medium pot, melt coconut oil on low heat.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in cacao powder and vanilla extract. Whisk in maple syrup or honey. Add coconut flakes and oats; stir until well combined. Place mixture in a freezer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Line flat sheet or platter with parchment paper. Using small scoop, form and roll golf size chocolate coconut balls placing on a platter. Freeze for 30 minutes. Enjoy chilled straight from the freezer or fridge.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*If using refrigerated maple syrup, chocolate mixture will harden while mixing. You might not need to place it in a freezer before rolling. Also honey might require extra time whisking as it is quite solid. **I like to use coarsely shredded organic coconut flakes like Camino whenever I can find them. ***You can use 1/2 cup of oats for more hearty balls.

http://ifoodreal.com/healthy-chocolate-coconut-balls/

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving = 1 ball:
Calories: 178.7
Total Fat: 15.2 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 3.1 mg
Total Carbs: 10.0 g
Sugars: 4.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
Protein: 1.5 g
WW Points+: 5

This post may contain affiliate links. When you buy a product I make a small commission without any extra cost to you. In return, you can enjoy free recipes as well as savings on your favourite products. I also shared Clean Eating Ingredients I Buy and Kitchen Appliances +Tools I Use. Please buy local, organic and fair trade whenever feasible.

20 Comments

  1. Olga G

    LOL you crack me up!! Glad to hear your kids are both in school now. By the way, your picture of the green tea and those chocolate goodness filled treats made my mouth water. So with that said, tomorrow that’s what I’m having for a snack. I would make some today but being that it’s almost 6pm here, I’m not in the mood to make the kitchen a mess again.

    Reply
    • Olena

      That was 2.5 months of frustration spilled out on chocolate balls lol.
      Great! You will be flying. I’m still sitting recovering from that snack before it is dinner time. Totally wired from that cacao.
      Oh gosh, after dinner kitchen is closed. It takes forever to clean it after dinner. Still ahead for me tonight sigh. It never ends this mess. No way out of dinner unless Alex gets a travel job!!!

      Reply
  2. Jennifer

    hahaha!!!! I can’t wait to show Denis this post, he will be laughing for days. I too have had to search the house for 1 piece of missing lego, only to be defeated and have considered the trip to the Lego store to buy a replacement piece.
    I can’t wait to try your new recipe!! so happy the kids are back in school, offer still stands for next summer!!!!

    Reply
    • Olena

      I totally could see that shit happening in your house. In that chaos lol.
      I will take you upon your offer next summer for sure and dump my kids on you for a week haha. And we will hang out too. Can’t wait! It was a bliss this time! We make a great reckless crazy parent pair haha. Miss you!

      Reply
  3. Annette

    All 3 of these recipes look wonderful. I can’t wait to try the soup and chocolate candy. I adore chocolate and coconut (my hubby is not a fan of either). The mac and cheese recipe is being forwarded to my daughter who has 2 kiddos in school. She is always looking for new ideas.
    Thanks for taking time to share with us.

    Reply
    • Olena

      You are very welcome, Annette! Thank you for reading and commenting. Basically thank you for letting me have my dream job. Couldn’t have done it without you!!!

      Reply
  4. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    Your lego story is making me laugh! My son is only 13 months, and we have similar tantrums already! And I can’t believe his memory already at this age– he will remember the next day he wanted to do something and start screaming again! It’s hilarious. But I am sure it will get harder and harder to deal with as he gets older.

    I have been making a similar cookie! I just love coconut oil. I made these when I first had my son and needed midnight breastfeeding snacks to reward myself for getting up so many times a night!

    Reply
    • Olena

      Oh, these chocolate balls would be wonderful for lactating mothers because of all those healthy fats. Considering you will have no problem falling asleep after that shot of caffeine. I remember being so hungry when breastfeeding OMG. After 2 balls I am quite hyper.
      I don’t have good news for you, Michelle. Tantrums just get worse. And if you end up having 2 or more kids tantrums will be even worse because now they will interact with each other and sometimes with tantrums. 10 years later and I still find motherhood challenging. It is ever evolving and changing, not sure if it will ever be easier. One thing I know for sure I can now sleep, work out and go for walks with older kids. Sigh we still have tantrums at almost 6 OMG. I don’t want any more kids LOL.

      Reply
  5. Peace

    Olena,
    Any ideas about what I can use in this recipe in place of cacao powder? I am not able to eat cacao products.

    Reply
    • Olena

      Hi Peace. Oh, that is not a hard question at all lol. Nothing cacao? Hmmm. Gosh, I can’t think of any other healthy dry ingredient to replace 1:1. All I can suggest to use 1/4 cup peanut or almond butter instead of 1/4 cup cacao powder. Maybe a bit more.And cut maple syrup from 1/4 cup to a few tbsp. Go by taste and consistency wise just to make sure mixture will harden into balls. Should work! Let me know what you end up doing.

      Reply
  6. Joyce

    Thanks for the recipe.I love the balls and they remind me of my favorite Mounds bars so great that this recipe is healthier. I did use 3/4 cup of oats as it seemed too thin with only 1/4 cup. Next time I plan to substitute peanut butter for the coconut oil as I think that will taste like my old favorite Haystacks from childhood.

    Reply
    • Olena

      Hi Joyce. You can add more oats, the balls will be less sweet and different texture. The dough seems too thin because it is made primarily of melted coconut oil which solidifies in the fridge or freezer. I never tried Mounds or Haystacks but glad they resemble them to you.

      Reply
  7. Joyce

    These were very good. I had been wanting to make a snack to replace old fashioned haystacks like I have made since the 1950’s with no sugar and these are similar in taste to fill my need! Actually a bit better since they are more coconutty. I did find this recipe to be a bit runny and added more Oatmeal to use 3/4 cup. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Olena

      Hi Joyce. You are the second reader who says these chocolate balls are like healthy haystacks. I have no idea what haystacks are. I guess I wasn’t even born back then and born in a different part of the world, so I missed the haystacks lol. Anyways, do not worry about runny consistency because it is just melted coconut oil that will solidify in the fridge/freezer. However, extra oats are OK too. Glad you liked.

      Reply
  8. Chiyi

    Hi
    These bites look yummy! Can I substitute the coconut flakes to coconut floor? I only have coconut at home. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Olena

      Well…You could but please keep 2 things in mind:
      1. I don’t know how much. Add it last in small amounts, stir and see how is the consistency. Coconut flour is highly absorbent, not like coconut flakes.
      2. You will miss out on some coconut flakes’s flavour but it is kinda OK.:)

      Reply
  9. Michele

    Found this recipe on Pinterest so I’m not a regular blog follower. Just wanted to ask you to remove the word retarded. It’s not a nice word to use, especially the way it is written here. Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply
    • Olena

      I also use words “f%^k” and “shit” without shame if the need arises, and it does arise in my life! I am who I am and this is my blog => “The more I find myself, the more people I lose”. My mom also thinks it is not OK to discuss sex, period, abortion and surrogacy, to each their own. Enjoy the recipe, Michele!

      Reply

Leave a Comment

  • (will not be published)