It’s Spring! Depending on where you live it may not look like it but the calendar says it is. With Easter right around the corner I wanted to make a delicious healthy fun treat. I made many “kid” snacks and goodies last year for Easter/Spring and this time I wanted something that everyone could enjoy. Not that adults can’t enjoy the kids stuff because being a kid at heart I still love those fun foods. I decided to whip up some Bunny Tails aka Coconut Nut Butter Power Balls. I made two batches using two different nut butters and proteins. While both were good I liked the ones made with dried cherry pieces, Kolat Cherry Vanilla Superfood Fusion Almond Butter, and the girls like the ones made with White Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter. We did make a 3rd batch after with added dried cherries and White Chocolate Dreams and they liked those two but still liked the “plain”. We went through 3 batches in a couple of days they were so good and I will be making more before Easter I am sure. With so many nut butters out there the options are endless!! You can also add dried fruit if desired or keep them smooth and they just “melt in your mouth” in the words of my oldest. These are packed with protein, are gluten-free, grain free, and vegan. These will make a delicious power packed snack (anytime of the year!) for adults and children of all ages! I keep most of my power balls in the freezer but these melt in your mouth and don’t last long in our house so I keep them in the refrigerator. I enjoyed them as a snack, the girls liked them for snacks and for breakfast with fresh fruit. I don’t think the girls would miss Easter candy with these in their baskets, but I am sure there will be a chocolate bunny waiting for them in theirs.
What combo and nut butter will/would you use to make these?
Bunny Tails aka Coconut Nut Butter Power Balls
Makes 12-16 balls, I usually end up with 15
1/3 c finely shredded unsweetened coconut, plus 1/3-1/2 c for rolling (used Let’s Do Organic Unsweetened Finely Shredded Coconut)
1/4 c coconut flour
1/2 c cashew or almond meal (used cashew meal)
1 TBSP agave or honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c peanut butter, cashew butter, or almond butter (used Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonder in one batch and Cherry Vanilla Kolat Superfood Fusion Butter in the another batch)
1/4 c So Delicious original Culinary Coconut Milk box or canned coconut milk , refrigerated and liquid removed (there won’t be any liquid with the culinary milk boxes or I have never had any), plus 1-2 TBSP for rolling if needed
1-2 TBSP dried cherries or other dried fruit of choice, optional
In a food processor pulse to combine protein powder, coconut, cashew/almond meal, and coconut flour. In a bowl mix together coconut milk (thick part only and liquid removed), agave/honey, and nut butter until smooth. Add to dry ingredients in food processor and process until combine. If adding in dried fruit pulse in. Mixture should stay together when pinched between two fingers. Alternatively you can make these by hand but I like to use a food processor. Roll mixture into balls and roll balls into shredded coconut. Depend on the nut butter used if the balls are drier and the coconut does not stick you can rub your hands (clean of course) with a little of the canned/box coconut milk and lightly coat the outside of the power balls before rolling in the coconut. Enjoy! Store remaining balls in a sealed container in the refrigerator if enjoying within the week or freezer for longer storage.
As a Vega Recipe Ambassador I receive Vega products, which I used as an option in this recipe. I use Vega not because it is given to me but because it has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging and some recipes are made with Vega products I purchase. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family.