Sweet Potato Dessert Bites (no bake, Paleo, vegan)

Ingredients

  • 1 c cubed Japanese white sweet potato (orange also works)
  • 2 tbs coconut cream
  • 3 tbs of melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbs honey or maple syrup*
  • 2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 tbs cassava flour**
  • 4 tbs tapioca or cassava flour
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 tbs coconut sugar***

* use more honey or maple syrup if you want a sweeter batter

** cassava flour may not be necessary, depends if the batter is too wet to form into balls

*** leave off coconut sugar if you don’t want a sweeter treat

Recipe

Time: 40 mins of hands-off prep; 15 mins hands-on prep; 1 hour in the fridge

  1. Peel and cut sweet potato into small cubes. Boil in water on stove top until tender, as if you were going to mash the sweet potato. You could also use a pressure cooker for quicker result. Once tender, drain from water.
  2. While the potatoes cook, make the outer coating. On a plate, combine:
    • 4 tbs tapioca or cassava flour
    • 1 tbs cinnamon
    • 1 tbs coconut sugar
  3. In a food processor, add and pulse until mixed:
    • 1 c sweet potato
    • 2 tbs coconut cream
    • 3 tbs of melted coconut oil
    • 2 tbs honey or maple syrup
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  4. Add to the dough 2 tbs honey or maple syrup and 2 c unsweetened shredded coconut and pulse until blended. Do a quick taste test. If you want it sweeter, add a bit more honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar. Note: the dough should be thick and able to be scooped. If it’s too liquid, blend 1 tbs of cassava flour to the mix at a time until it is thicker.
  5. Once the dough is the right consistency, roll the balls in the mixture made in Step 2. Make sure to cover the entire ball and try to keep them in the ball shape. Place each one on a plate with wax or parchment paper. Check out the photo below to see the consistency.
  6. Place in the fridge for an hour for the balls to harden. Or, if you really can’t wait, they could go in the freezer for 20 minutes. Store in the fridge for no longer than a week.
  7. Enjoy! Best served cold.

I’m not sure what to call these! They look like donut holes, but aren’t quite as airy. They are kind of like cake pops, but more dense. Their taste is reminiscent of Russian Tea Cookies. These aren’t super sweet, but can be by adding coconut sugar or more honey to the batter. Do a test taste along the way!

You can mix up flavor profiles! I think adding a dash of vanilla extract would be so good. Add orange zest and a dash of juice – or try lemon! Try some cacao powder and peppermint essence for chocolate peppermint!

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