What’s your most visited site?
Honestly, mine changes depending on the season. While in summer it tends to be my email (or even Facebook… guilty pleasure here), in winter it’s always (and I do mean always) the weather channel.
And a runner up? The local news channel. Specifically, the school closings page.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Although snow isn’t uncommon in Virginia, whenever it snows in my town every kid, parent, and teacher is almost always in a frenzy.
“Is school closed? Is it up yet? Have you checked the news? Oh please public school, the buses can’t travel in this!!” Can usually be heard in my household the morning (and evening before) snow is forecasted. And the minute that school name comes up on the TV, three girls clothed in inside-out pajamas go haywire.
Snow, of course, means baking for me. Although I’m usually forced to do at least a few hours of homework that night, I also make sure to spend pretty much my whole morning baking snow-themed treats. The scent of Hot Cocoa, cinnamon sugar oatmeal, and, my new favorite, Coconut Snowballs quickly wafts through the house and for a few brilliant, snow-blanketed moments, I’m sure I’m in heaven.
But really, these snowballs are practically heaven.
I’ve recently definitely gotten into making bite-sized treats. Between the few Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls still tempting me in my freezer, to the Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Donut Holes I’m pretty much 100% sure I’ll be making in the next week, I just can’t get enough of these quick, yummy treats. Little cookie “balls” are just the perfect pop-in-your-mouth treat to bring to a party, or even save for an after-dinner sweet. Not to mention, they’re the perfect portion size, and are definitely rich enough to keep you satisfied after just one.
Speaking of, each one of these Coconut Snowballs contains healthy fats, whole grains, protein, and sweet coconut. But what they don’t contain is probably more amazing! There’s no butter, sugar, gluten, dairy, or white flour in these snowballs. And while there’s (unfortunately) no actual snow included, there is so much coconut these babies are no short of heavenly.
And even better? If you’re snowed in this time of year, that just means you don’t have to share them with anyone! 😉
- 1 c old fashioned oats
- 1 c unsweetened reduced fat coconut flakes
- 1/2 c raw walnut halves and pieces
- 1/4 c stevia
- 2 tbs coconut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp agave
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 c milk of choice
- 2 tbs coconut flour
Preheat oven to 350°F. Blend oats in a food processor or blender until they’ve reached the consistency of oat flour. Pour into a small bowl. Add walnuts to the blender and blend until they’ve reached the consistency of flour. Combine with oat flour. Add 1/2 c coconut flakes, coconut butter, vanilla extract, 1 tbs coconut flour, baking powder, egg, and agave and stir until fully combined. Roll into 1 in balls and place on a parchment-paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool. Mix stevia, coconut flour, and milk in a small bowl. Pour remaining coconut flakes into a small bowl. Dip snowballs into milk mixture, then roll in coconut flakes. Set aside to dry, then enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 20 large snowballs)