No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

After I came home from our Aruba trip, I had to make something with my Vita-Mix.  I just had to turn on the beast.

It had been 3 whole weeks and my hearing had normalized so any sane woman would turn her Vita on at 2am after being awake for 24+ hours if she was apart from her beloved appliance for 3 weeks, right?

I looked around the kitchen and my vat of coconut flakes and coconut oil were calling out to be used.

If you like cookie dough, infused with the flavors of coconut, these are for you.  The coconut flavor is present, but not overpowering, and I love the combo of coconut + cookie dough + chocolate.

And if you “don’t like coconut”, well, try it again. You’ll come around. I sure have over the years.

And if you still don’t like coconut there’s just more of these for the rest of us. Fine by me!

For the non-cocnut fans, you make these non-coconutty raw vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls instead.

And for the coconut lovers, enjoy the recipe.

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No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Ingredients:

2/3 c cashews (unsalted, and raw if possible)

1/4 c coconut flakes (unsweetened or sweetened)

2 tbsp oats (whole, rolled not quick cook)

3 tbsp agave or maple syrup (or combination)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut oil (optional, and if using it and batter gets too wet after adding, add a pinch more dried coconut flakes, oats, or cashews and re-blend)

1/4 to 1/3 c chocolate chips or chunks

Yields: approximately 16-18 bites

Directions:

First add cashews, coconut flakes, and oats to Vita-Mix or food processor and grind into a fine powder.  Then, add the agave, vanilla extract, and coconut oil, and blend again.  Finally, the chocolate chips and either stir in by hand or barely blend/pulse until incorporated.  Retain some texture to the chips or chunks.

Remove the dough and form into cookie bites.  If dough is soft or hard to work with, refrigerate/freeze for 20 minutes prior to forming into bites.

Optional Ideas:

After the bites are formed, drizzle them with dark or white chocolate by melting 1/4 c dark/white chocolate.  With a spoon, drizzle chocolate over the top of the bites (see here for an example) Or, dip each bite entirely into chocolate.

Add dried coconut flakes to each bite by rolling them in coconut flakes at the end.

Dust finished bites with cocoa or carob powder.

Store the dough bites in refrigerator or freezer.

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Pop a coconut cookie dough bite, or four, as a snack.

A snack that happens to be vegan, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and that you can make in 5 minutes.  I promise they don’t taste “healthy” or “healthified” even though that description made them sound like they may.

Or eat them as dessert.

At 4am after a long night out.  Or for breakfast with coffee.  Mmm, good.

Or really just any time the Cookie Dough Monster comes calling.  Which, for me, is quite frequently.

I store all my bites and balls in the freezer so that I have a wide variety and assortment of different flavors on hand, at all times.  Freezing has no effect on the taste, IMO.  Major blessing. My grandma used to keep about 17 different types of cookies in her deep freeze in Folger’s Coffee cans and I suppose raw vegan cookie dough bites in the freezer is really just a new variation on her very old theme.

That way if I am feeling like No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

or No Bake White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough

I can just pop of few of whatever flavors I want rather than having to make from scratch at a moment’s notice and you know how it is when you get that sudden craving!

Now I can add coconut flavored dough to my recipe arsenal.  An to the freezer.  That makes me happy.

I am also adding this recipe to my Coconut Recipes post so if need ideas for how to use Coconut Oil or Coconut Flakes, I’ve got plenty of suggestions with photos there.

As well as to my No Bake/Raw Dessert Balls & Bites compilation post with photos, too.

I’m glad you liked my last post, Powder, and the product reviews.

Questions:

1. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

Making, and eating, these coconut and chocolate chip cookie dough bites ranked right up there.

As well as enjoying the sunny, albeit cool-ish, weather.

After being in Aruba for 3 weeks, 70F and no humidity in San Diego feels cool.  Spoiled, yes.

And I went and did something fun Saturday afternoon.   More on that in my next post.

2. Do you like coconut flavored things?

I never used to like coconut but as time has gone on I like it more and more.

Now, I can’t really “taste” coconut oil in recipes the way I used to be able to about five years ago.

In fact, I have come to adore coconut oil in desserts.  Or for roasting veggies.

But raw vegan coconut oil chocolate is a favorite of mine.

Chocolate recipes using coconut oil trumps using it for veggie-roasting in my book.

 

3. Favorite kind of cookies or cookie dough?

Fill me in and inspire me to create something else!

P.S. If you’re just catching up on posts from this weekend, here are mine since Friday:

   

88 Responses to “No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites”

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    Kristina @ spabettie — June 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I love coconut! I don’t REALLY like the texture of shredded coconut, but I can handle a bit… I grew up spending summers in Hawaii and my grandpa had a coconut tree in his back yard – we’d hammer them open and drink the coconut water – YUM!

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    Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice — June 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    those look SO good. I love cookie dough (but know how bad it is to eat raw), so those treats look particularly appealing :)

    You have a vita mix! Very cool – I rely on my magic bullet.

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    kris (everyday oats) — June 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Lovee coconut!! Those No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites sound fab! I love pretty much all cookies. :) Lately I’ve been in a peanut butter cookie mood. There’s a bakery I go to that makes peanut butter oatmeal cookies that are amazing especially when they’re warm.

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    Katharina — June 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Just bookmarked this and making them ASAP! It’s funny.. I just bookmarked your non-coconut version of these.. but I think these are more up my alley. I adore coconut.

    1. Hmm.. I had my favorite thing on the menu at one of my favorite places to eat in Richmond–the famed vegan caeser salad. I asked them if they could give me the recipe since I’m moving. Alas, they didn’t, but they did have someone come out of the kitchen to give me some tips on how they prep the tofu for it. I also went to First Fridays yesterday, which is a monthly artwalk. Lots of people, art, and a really great energy. Today I met up with a friend that I hadn’t seen in awhile–to shop and say our “see you laters” since I’m moving away :)

    2. I sho do ;)

    3. I bet a chai-spiced cookie dough would be awesome! I made these chai-spiced shortbread cookies once and they were incredible! Or how about a white chocolate chip macadamia cookie dough? Or a biscotti inspired one? That’d be yummy :) Whatever you make is yummy though!

    XOXO!

    p.s. I have a feeling that you and Skylar will have a bond that will last for eternity. There may be some bumps in the road as she gets older, who knows really, but in the end she will always love you. I dunno.. I just see the two of you growing closer and closer as time goes by, and you both already have such a strong connection. Your adoration of her is so beautiful, and I love that you just let her be her wonderful self :)

    p.s.s. glad you and the family had a safe trip back, and enjoyed your vacation in Aruba!

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    Christa — June 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I absolutely adore all things coconut! I made Mama Pea’s coconut chai a few days ago, and seriously fell in love :)

    I’m going to have to learn to make these dough balls asap, I’m thinking that keeping a few different flavors in the freezer is a pretty fabulous idea…

    as far as new flavors… what about black forest, salted caramel, or mexican hot chocolate? Ginger snap? espresso? the possibilities are endless…

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    Red Deception — June 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    The best thing I did this weekend was watch my Dad cook steak at a local celebration at my gym. It was a steak and lobster night! I had an amazing time, but I had to turn in early. I have another shift tomorrow!

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    Katya — June 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Yum! Chocolate and coconut is one delicious combination. I don’t understand why so many people don’t like coconut!

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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — June 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I do love anything coconut. Always have, always will! :D You know what’s weird?! this may just be MY observation–but it seems like almost NO males like coconut! haha strange….these look delicious Averie! And the photos are lovely.

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 5th, 2011 at 4:03 am

      thanks for the photo compliments and yes, many men I know dont love coconut…but then again my dad does love it and scott likes it so not universal but you are right i think!

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    megan @ the oatmeal diaries — June 5, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Haha I love how your vita = the beast. A vita mix is going to be my next big purchase! My magic bullet died on me recently and I am literally tearing up that I cannot make these balls of deliciousness. Oh also my grandma freezes cookies too and that way she’s always prepared when company stops by! So cute :)

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 5th, 2011 at 4:03 am

      “that way she’s always prepared when company stops by! So cute :)” = OMG my grandma used to say the SAME THING…exactly!

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    Ragnhild — June 5, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Yumsiii! I love all your dough balls, they look delicious! And i like that you use a little oat in them, oat makes everything good!
    I love coconut! I use coconut oil all the time! And i love milk/cream in soups. And coconut butter is a new favorit that I just cant get enough of!
    The best thing I ate this weekend was the chocolate mousse I made yesterday. I ate a big bowl, and enjoyed every single spoon of it! mmhm

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 5th, 2011 at 4:04 am

      It gives it the “floury” taste of real cookie dough but still isnt like eating raw wheat flour; plus oat flour can be or is GF.

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    VeggieGirl — June 5, 2011 at 2:54 am

    You should make a Monster Cookie Dough Bites – you know, with M&M’s, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. Mmm :)

    Open a bakery!!!

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    cathy — June 5, 2011 at 3:00 am

    haha, you weren’t kidding when you said you had a “vat” of coconut! all the better to bake with and experiment with!
    i do like coconut flavour. i think my favourite is coconut pattie chocolates. they date back to the 70s in florida…quite unbeatable.
    i have two types of choco chip cookie in my freezer, currently. a household staple!
    enjoy your sunday! looking forward to hearing about your saturday outing!

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    Jess@HealthyExposures — June 5, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Holy moly, I guess that’s a vat of coconut flakes! haha. I’m so bummed I just used the last of my coconut last night or else these would be considered made. I LOVE coconut. Always have. And these bits look just perfect.
    I’m also big on freezing stuff. Freeze all my muffins that I make. Why leave them out and have week-old tasting muffins after a week when I can pop them in the freezer and have fresh-tasting muffins a week later?! The cookies, not so much. Unless I’m trying to keep them for myself and not share with the rest of the family :P If I put stuff in the freezer no one touches it!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 5, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I LOVE coconut. These are a must try for me. Favorite cookie might just have to be a plain old chocolate chip. Or maybe a choc. chip dough ball :) Best thing I ate was definitely the Tamale Pie I made last night from Mama Pea. So good!

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    Pure2raw Twins — June 5, 2011 at 4:57 am

    those coconut cookie dough bites sounds amazing! I would love to eat all those right now :)

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    Lauren — June 5, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I have to make these!!!

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — June 5, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I used to hate coconut with a passion, but lately I’ve been coming around to the taste. There are so many ways to use it and it goes so well with sweet flavors! Totally normal to turn on the Vita at 2am when you came home… oh the comforts of home. ;)

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    Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine — June 5, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Oh my gosh, these look SO good and I actually have all the ingredients on hand. Might actually make them in like 15 minutes once I’m done cleaning out my reader…actually I think I definitely will. Mike needs a homecoming present!!

    Best thing I ate this weekend was hands down that cake yesterday. Oh my gosh, Averie, you would have died…it was like four inches of frosting with white chocolate curls all over it. Bliss.

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 5th, 2011 at 11:37 am

      keep me posted on mike’s reaction if you make them and yes, your cake/frosting does sound like MY bliss too!

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    Christin@purplebirdblog — June 5, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I can practically taste the melty chocolate and coconut… love that flavor pairing! :)

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — June 5, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I LOOOVE your cookie dough bites. When I made them 2 summers ago, it was love at first bite! :)

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    WIERDGREENMAN — June 5, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I love coconut! I also love molasses-flavored things.

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    McKella — June 5, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I love cookie dough and coconut! In fact, I just discovered So Delicious coconut milk cookie dough ice cream and it’s AMAZING!

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    marla — June 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Girl I love your dedication to your Vita. Coming from a chick who does not have one I can only imagine the bliss. A great machine & even better cookie dough bites. Glad to hear things are getting back to normal…xo

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 5th, 2011 at 11:39 am

      you would LOVE a Vita. I really cant imagine life without it! Seriously the appliance was powered on for 10 secs and then another 10 secs to make these. Done.

      Have fun this week :)
      xo

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    Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn — June 5, 2011 at 7:51 am

    J’adoreeee! I could actually eat coconut for the rest of my life.

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    Amber K — June 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I am not a fan of coconut, but find that as long as the taste isn’t overpowering I can handle it. But NOT if I can feel the texture of the coconut, that’s the worst part of it for me!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Yum, those look good. I love coconut :D I actually keep a stock of balls in the freezer too, haha. I usually use fruit and nuts though. The kids love them and they’re quick easy snacks, so why not? I love your original cookie dough balls so I know I’ll love these :D I made a small batch of these bars that were supposed to be kind of nutrigrain like(those are the ones with the fruit in the middle right? I can’t remember the last time I ate them, haha) but apparently they turned out WAY better because they were all gone this morning and I just made them last night :D Guess I’m making a larger batch of those today.

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    melissa @ the delicate place — June 5, 2011 at 8:42 am

    1. go to fireworks night and the baseball game!
    2. pretty sure you’ve outdone yourself with this cookie dough! i am obsessed with all things coconut!
    3. my fave cookie are gingersnap!

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — June 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I have always wanted to like coconut, only because it is an ingredient in so many recipes that I want to try. But I can’t force myself — but I’m gradually using coconut oil more, and then maybe I’ll try coconut butter, etc. We’ll see. If I still don’t like it, no big deal!

    Averie I definitely want to swap freezers with you — I want a freezer with tons of types of frozen dough balls, etc. And my Grandma did the same thing — her freezer was chockfull of cookies and candy bars, etc. I loved it!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 5th, 2011 at 11:41 am

      if you dont like coconut oil save your money and dont buy coconut butter! it’s more expensive and IMO doesnt differ *that* much flavor-wise and if you’re already not in love, don’t be more not-in-love and poorer-in-the-process :)

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    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — June 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

    These pics are soooo fantastic! I LOVE that pretty green plate. Hope you submitted!!

    Been a busy weekend, so nice to get back to normal, though, right? Vita at 2 am, that’s so me. If we were close to each other we’d go shopping at 3 am and make dough balls at 4!

    I love the thought if subtle coconut with chocolate. Sounds so good! Yummmm

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 5th, 2011 at 11:40 am

      submitted yes and FG just took one! yay :)

      “Vita at 2 am, that’s so me. If we were close to each other we’d go shopping at 3 am and make dough balls at 4! “-

      yes and I was submitting to the foodie sites at 4am. Totally normal thing to do, right :)

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    Pam — June 5, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Welcome Home and one word: YUMM! Huggies!

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    Ela — June 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I love so many little insights into you in this post! Love the sensitized ears+Vita+no sleep/2am! Totally relate to the ‘missing the Vita, got to do something with it.’ I adore your tip about having all kinds of flavors of balls and bites in the freezer, and love even more that your grandma did something like that.

    And, of course, I love this recipe! I’m all about coconut and I think it goes so well with chocolate. Lately, I’ve cut my fat intake very low (just kind of happened and I’m feeling better for it) but coconut and occasional chocolate are the fats that I still feel good about.

    Best thing I ate? Probably watermelon, my breakfast the past five days!
    love
    Ela

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    carin — June 5, 2011 at 11:25 am

    it’s funny how addicted you get to the vita…i’m moving and have been separated from mine for a week and going into withdrawals…

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    O.C. — June 5, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I am like Princess coconut! Those cookie dough balls are calling my name now I’m gonna have to make some :)
    I like puttin shredded coconut or cocnut butter (or both!) in my oats and coconut milk ice cream is da bomb!
    As for cookie dough, I never met a flavor of cookie dough I didn’t like!

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    Pam — June 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Averie, Made your oat cake…..so good! Thank you!

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    Amanda Jewell — June 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I am absolutely OBSESSED with all things coconut! I buy coconuts, hack them, drink the water, eat the meat, inhale coconut flakes, and slather coconut oil on everything (including my dog… it’s good for their fur) :-)
    I too live in SD and this weather is making me feel giddy inside! Definitely not our typical “May grey, June gloom” weather… THANK GOD! Best thing I’ve eaten this weekend … will be today when I go get some vegan dumplings again in Kearny Mesa (seriously, Averie, go to the Dumplings Inn, it won’t let you down).

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 5th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      thanks for telling me you’re local! and about the Dumplings Inn…good info!

      and yes i am sooo glad for no june gloom!

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    Jackie Smith — June 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    How about something with pineapple and cherries?

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — June 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Awesome job, these look fabulous! I’ve gotta try them. And the No Bake White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough look amazing too.

    1. Went to an awesome food and garden fest.
    2. Yes!
    3. Dark chocolate and chocolate mint.

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    Casey — June 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Am I crazy? Or do those chocolate chips look massive!! lol what a great recipe :)

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    Tiina McKay — June 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Haha! I love that you said your hearing has normalized over the past 3 weeks that you haven’t been using the Vita! I use a regular blender and just recently started using my husband’s massive aviation ear protection when blending, lol!!!! I know I probaby look retarded but that’s fine, it doesn’t hurt my ears!

    I love coconut but try not to eat it, which can get a bit difficult in Hawaii where I have access to fresh coconut at all times! Having just said that, yesterday I made your no-bake peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls with, umm, coconut flour. I might’ve even enjoyed one crumbled and mixed into my overnight oats this morning. I might be trying these balls too at some point. They look delicious!

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    Michaela — June 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Love the picture of the “No Bake White Chocolate and Mango Cookie Dough”!
    best thing I ate over the weekend… hm, probably Chocolate-Cookie-Dough-Pancakes infused with peppermint oil :)
    I do love coconut!
    favorite cookie flavour… I do like ones that combine sweet and salty, and I do love chocolate chip cookies, and let´s not forget about oat cookies! well, why decide when you can make them ALL? ;)

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    reid — June 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Wow Averie! Perfect timing, I was just about to make some cookies for my snack this week. The ingredients are going in my proccesser as we speak! Love coconut almost as much as mint… :)

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    emma — June 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Your ball recipes always make me wanna head straight to the kitchen – so yummy looking! you’re a genius!!

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie — June 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Yum! Such a delicious treat, they look so good!

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    Peggy — June 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Yup… coconut lover here! Can’t wait to try these!

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    Stefanie — June 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Those look good. I bet they are really good straight from the freezer too. I’m weird about coconut. It depends on what it is in and how old it is. I’ll eat fresh coconut and coconut butter but when it comes to baked goods, the flavor can be off putting to me.

    My favorite kind of cookie would either be snickerdoodles or ginger snaps.

    Have a great night. :)

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    mi-an — June 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I LOVE ME SOME COCONUT!!! so i would def make these!!!

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    Katie — June 5, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    YUM! I’ve been REALLY into coconut lately. Like, eating coconut butter out of the jar, lately. Coconut + chocolate in COOKIE form? Even better.

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    Beth — June 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Your No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites look delicious. I’m printing it off to make for my hubby. He ran out of your bars last night and the freezer is too full to fit another pan. So these will hold him for now.

    Hard to believe I haven’t though of keeping different kinds/flavours in the freezer at the same time. My mom and grandmothers used to do that with their deep freezer. Maybe I just need to buy a deep freezer ;)

    I LOVE coconut flavoured things. Can’t stand the artificial scent in sun screen though. Yuck!

    I’ve been craving cinnamon and ginger flavoured things lately. I modified your raw vegan chocolate recipe and did up a batch. Turned out pretty good. More like fudge than chocolate.
    Also been making berry themed items lately, but haven’t done berry balls. Not sure how that would turn out

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — June 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Coconut flavoured things are my FAVOURITE!!! I love coconut scented things too!!!

    My favourite type of cookie/cookie dough is chocolate chip.

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    Cara — June 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    What do I do if I dont have a vitamix? How do I make the coconut balls?

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