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Chia Raspberry and Coconut Swirls

12 March, 2015

By Nicole Frain

Chia Raspberry and Coconut Swirls

Perhaps it's not always about chocolate? These vegan, naturally sweetened raspberry and coconut swirl balls are a refreshing change for a delicious treat!

Bursting with flavor from the raspberry and refreshed with the coconut you probably won’t stop at one!
Freeze dried fruits are a great inclusion option in this recipe with a higher antioxidant inclusion then dried fruit and lower in calories and sugars to help keep your intake in check! Not to mention a longer shelf life in your cupboard, no one likes food wastage!

Vegan | Raw | Low GI | Gluten & Refined Sugar Free

Makes: approximately 14, 25g swirls
Level of Difficulty: A little more time
Time Taken: 20 minutes

Magical Ingredients:

For the Raspberry Swirl
• 40g raw cashews
• 1tbsp (15g) chia seeds
• 1tsp coconut nectar
• 2tbsp (25g) almond meal
• 20g dried white mulberries
• 1tsp organic vanilla bean paste
• 1tbsp (20ml) almond milk or water
• 1tbsp freeze dried raspberries*
• 1tbsp coconut oil, melted
• ½ scoop (15g) Vegan vanilla Protein Powder*

For the Coconut Swirl
• 20g raw cashews
• 2tbsp (12g) coconut flour
• 4tbsp desiccated coconut
• 1tbsp coconut oil, melted
• 1 1/2 tbsp coconut cream (thick component only)
• 1tsp coconut nectar
• 1/2tbsp almond milk or water
• ½ scoop (15g) Vegan vanilla Protein Powder*

What to do:

1. Combine all your raspberry swirl ingredients into a processor and blend until combined, ass to a bowl and set aside.
2. Repeat step one with the coconut filling ingredients.
3. To make each ball weigh out about 12-13g of each filling. Separate into about 4-5 smaller portions each then just layer them up randomly. Press into a ball in your hands and then roll to create nice shape!
4. Repeat with the remaining mix to about 14 swirls.
5. Best stored in the fridge.

Notes:
*You can use fresh raspberries just omit the almond milk as they have more moisture then freeze dried. *You may also need to increase the inclusion of one of the powders ie the protein or almond meal.
**You can use any form of vanilla vegan protein, or omit and increase the coconut flour/almond meal components.

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