Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Meyer Lemon Coconut Bon Bons & Coconut Lime Drops
























Meyer Lemon Coconut Bon Bons
A Valentine Treat
My coconut obsession continues as I claim a bit of tropics into my life or a little Key West despite the 18-degree weather today and the thick socks I’m wearing.
This little coconut treat is loaded with meyer lemon juice and a teeny bit of beet juice for color, don’t worry you won’t even taste it. I’ve made batches of the lime ones noted below many times and they are always a big hit, the meyer lemon is a variation to the original.  The secret to this recipe is to grind the cashews and the shredded coconut in a food processor; the result is a moist cake like ball. I think this makes a pretty Valentine’s treat don’t you?
Xoxox Diana

NOTE When the below ingredients are combined the mixture will seem quite wet – don’t worry it will firm up and hold together nicely and will no longer be wet. They hold their shape incredibly well and are cake like. Follow recipe exactly for success.

Makes 24 – no baking required
Ingredients
4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
¾ cup ground raw unsalted cashews
8 tbsp fresh meyer lemon juice or 6 tbsp lemon juice
½  cup raw agave or maple syrup
¼ cup raw coconut oil
1 tbsp beet juice set aside

Method
1. Grate some beet and squeeze out the juice, set aside. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper set aside. Have your meyer lemon juice ready and set aside.

2. Add cashews to food processor and blend until grainy, add 3 cups of the dry coconut and blend again until coconut is less flaky and more grainy about 10 seconds, add ½ tsp beet juice while machine is running, stop to scrape sides and mix again should be a pretty bubble gum pink. Transfer to a bowl.

3. Add the remaining 1cup coconut and blend until grainy add ¼ tsp beet juice and blend until pretty pink, transfer to a small bowl and set aside for dipping. You can add more pink a drop at a time for more intensity.

4. Melt coconut oil on low heat, transfer to a bowl and combine with agave syrup and meyer lemon juice, whisk until well combined.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the cashew coconut mixture and mix well. At this point the pink color will have changed because of the amber color syrup, you can add a couple drops of beet juice to brighten it up and mix again. The mixture will be quite wet don’t worry the dry ingredients will absorb. Add mixture to a plate and spread out, freeze for 10 minutes to firm up which will help in rolling. Pull out of the freezer. The top layer will be firmer than underneath just mix it up.

6. Measure 1 heaping tablespoon of mixture and form into balls and set on the parchment lined cookie sheet, don’t dip in the reserved coconut just yet finish rolling all the mixture. You can then dip each ball to the bowl of pink coconut and coat evenly, place back on cookie sheet in neat rows and firm again in freezer for one hour. Transfer to container and store in the fridge, these will last about a week and stay firm, they will soften if left out.
Enjoy!


Variation  - My Favorite

Coconut Lime Drops
3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, 1additional cup for coating
¾ cup ground raw unsalted cashews
6 tbsp fresh lime juice – about 3 limes
Zest of 3 limes
½ cup raw agave
¼ cup raw coconut oil melted


Notes: For the coconut dipping, stir in 2 tsp of lime zest to the grainy coconut and set aside this gives the drops pretty green specks of color. Do not add to the food processor.
The remaining zest will be added to the wet mixture.

Follow directions above.

My coconut obsession continues as I work to claim a bit of tropics into my life or a little Key West despite the 18-degree weather today and the thick socks I’m wearing.
This little coconut treat is loaded with lime juice and some zest for a teeny splash of color. I’ve made two batches in the last two weeks and pass them along to friends, clients neighbors, and even my yoga teacher. The secret to this recipe is to grind the cashews and the shredded coconut the result is a moist cake like ball.

I love hearing comments and feedback - thanks!

And below the Coconut Lime Drops



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