Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

TGIF, woo-hoo!!!!  I’m excited for the weekend!  No big plans or anything, but just spending time with my two fave peeps, Scott & Skylar, is all I really want to do.  The simple things, you know.

Three cheers for the three veggie combo post I did yesterday.  Dehydrated kale chips

Fresh Salads

And Roasted Sweet Potato Fries & Curly Fries.  Judging from all the comments I got, I’m glad to hear you like your veggies as much as I do!  Thanks for the props!  And also on the home decorating shoutouts, too.  Muah!!!!!

But you know me well enough to know I am not going to go on and on about veggies, when there’s dessert to talk about!


You may remember a few weeks back I posted the Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs recipe.


Well, it was sooo popular and I had so many people write in to me to tell me how much they loved them and how easy, fast, and delish the recipe is.


You’re thinking, why mess with a good thing?  Well, I couldn’t help myself and decided to make one tweak.  I made it dark.  Dark Chocolate that is.

Averie’s Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowballs are here:
1.5 cups shredded coconut
3/4 c maple syrup (or agave to be preserve true raw status if you care)
3/4 c  Dark Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark and it’s not technically raw but find what suits your lifestyle & needs online if needed)
Dash Vanilla Extract
Optional: 1/4 c coconut oil (I used it and encourage it!)
Optional: 1/4 c chia seeds (did not use it in today’s blend)

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl & mix together by hand 

Remove and put into a freeze-able container.  Freeze til solid…

….Remove from freezer… 

….and dig in!  Here’s a ball.

There could not be a simpler or darker dessert than that.

Or wait, maybe there could be something darker.  I whipped up a batch of Dark Chocolate Macaroons.

 And sent some off to a Birthday Girl.

And some to a Beautiful Pea.

Dinner you ask?  Veggies, rabbit food?  I’ve got another massaged kale salad with brock, cauli, cukes, and tomatoes.  Dressed with my Homemade (Broccoli) Slaw Dressing.  Apparently the Pea Household got in on the action, too.

And there was a salad with cukes, carrots, peppers, and some roasted sweet potato fries.  This one I dressed with OJ, agave, and cracked black.

For dessert I dug into double decker dark balls (TWSS).  Silly kids, the vegan dark chocolate coconut snowballs that you need to go make, now!

Moving along…
Something pink and pretty showed up in the mail!

And there was a great random act of kindness kind of message enclosed, too!

What is this lovely trinket?  Why it’s Shimmer Organics Mandarin & Honey Revitalizing Face Mask

Lisa from Shimmer Organics was kind enough to send this all organic, raw awesome mask!  Here’s a little bit about her products from her site: “All ingredients in the Mandarin and Honey Revitalizing Mask are pure, earth friendly, raw, and organic. I have hand selected every ingredient for its healing and restorative properties.”

I can tell you this product smells heavenly and left my face feeling soft & toned.  Great stuff! Thanks, Lisa!

Flashback Friday Pictures in honor of Miss Janetha I’ve got a couple I could scrounge up.  As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have anything older than 4 years or so saved on memory stick.  Everything else is on actual 4 x 6’s and I don’t have time to convert things.  I’d rather spend my free time in the kitch or with my fam.

But here were some hot air balloons that used to drop down into the private canyon behind our San Diego house so low that I swear, sometimes I thought they would just drop in for dinner.  Literally.

And here were two puppies my dog, Britney, had.   The breed is papillon and they were only days old here.  They were literally the size of hamsters when they were born.   Too cute!

 Yoga Today is Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose).  Great for runners or anyone who just wants to get in for a deep quad stretch.  Love this pose for that!

Tip of the Day: My Chia Seed GiveAway!!!!!  If you’re not already entered, go get your pretty self entered for a 3 Pound Bag of Chia Seeds!!!!! 

Jessica’s got a GiveAway

Candace has a GiveAway too

And I did A Guest Post on the lovely Janetha’s Blog.  Check it out if you want to know more about why I went raw & vegan!

What’s on your agenda this weekend?  Anything fun going on?  I’d love to hear all about it!

And are you a milk, dark, or white chocolate person?  Or none of the above?  I know a few of you are not chocolate fans.  It amazes me, because I love dark chocolate.  Alot!  But whatever floats your boat, I say!

Stay Tuned For Raw “Pasta” & Marinara…


  1. I would love to try some of the bath and body products!!!

  2. I tweeted!!!

  3. ohh these look awesome, averie! you have the best giveaways!!

    the website is awesome too!

    Manuka Honey & Kelp Soap looks great, and I am always looking for natural laundry products!

  4. you are OBV on my blogroll and reader!

  5. that vegan store looks awesome! vegan baggs?!?! soo cool!!!

  6. I signed up on the website for the monthly newsletter!

  7. I would LOVE a gift card because it is flippin' expensive living eco-friendly! I would love to try some of their bath products!

  8. What a fun giveaway! I want their doggie Herbal Fresh Shampoo for Frank!

  9. i would love to win the soaps. I only use soap for face and body so this would be awesome!

  10. What a great giveaway! This is right up my alley! I would probably blow all $25 in the household section – I spend big bucks on green cleaners, $25 put toward some dish soap and dishwasher detergent would be very welcome!

  11. you've been on my google reader for awhile now. love your blog and recipes!

    also i forgot to mention that vegan bag looks awesome too!

  12. i also signed up for their monthly newsletter!

  13. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries Reply

    I've never heard of this site! Sounds great!

    I'd love to try some of the natural shampoos/conditioners!

  14. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries Reply

    In my Reader, duh :)

  15. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries Reply

    And on my blogroll :)

  16. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries Reply
  17. I would love to win the spree as I'm working on cleaning up my cleaning:)

  18. you are in my google reader

  19. Checked out the EcoStoreUSA's website. Very exciting.

  20. I would get the Lemon Rinse Aid, the Laundry Powder, and the Auto Dish Powder because I only use natural cleaning products.

  21. I Follow Publicly (mgonyeo)

  22. I am a Twitter Follower of the EcoStore's (@mgonyeo)

  23. I follow you on twitter (@mgonyeo)

  24. I'd probably try their Manuka Sandalwood Shampoo & Conditioner — no nasty sodium laurel sulfate!

  25. I subscribe to Love Veggies & Yoga in Google Reader.

  26. I tweeted this earlier tonight.

  27. @rawliving follows you on Twitter.

  28. Just learned that Duane Reade in Manhattan is now carrying Ecostore products. Cool!

  29. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    I linked back to you on my blog!!!

  30. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    You're on my blogroll!

  31. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    And Google Reader!!!

  32. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    And I Tweeted!!!

  33. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    I would love to win so that I can continue to help the world by making responsible choices and reducing my carbon footprint!!!

  34. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    I'm now following @Ecostoreusa on Twitter! And you! I follow you too! Did I mention that?

  35. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    I learned on the Eco Store website that you should never microwave plastic containers…something I know but do anyways. Oops.

  36. Okay, I would so buy their vanilla products, hair and body, plus their coconut soap! That stuff looks cool!

  37. I'm a follower of your blog and you're on my Google Reader! Of course!

  38. You're on my blogroll! : )

  39. I've been meaning to move to more natural products after cutting back on my plastic use (i'm still terrible with paper and water – argh).

    Thank you so much for diapering in cloth – even if it was just for half the time – every little bit makes a difference!

    You're already on my Blogroll AND my reader.

  40. I signed up for the Eco Store newsletter! With the lure of coupons it wasn't hard to persuade me ; )

  41. Ohhh I would love to get the pet leave in conditioner and the coconut and vanilla soaps!! Very cool, I'm ALL about going green!

  42. I would love to win the giveaway of course! who wouldn't?! If i were to win, i'd probably end up buying dishwasher detergent as well as some of the household cleanrs. those things can get pretty pricey and i need all the hlep i can get b/c i do NOT want any chemicals in my house. I have a 17 month old so its just not optional! Thanks for posting such great giveaways Avery!!

  43. I would love to get the gift card! I'm working as an AmeriCorps*VISTA (voluntarily living at the poverty line for one year). I'm doing as much as I can to keep my life green but budget-wise some things are too far out of the price range (making only 10,000/yr and paying for living expenses).

    So…here's to my fingers being crossed!Oh, and I'll tweet too!

  44. I already do most of the things you mentioned to help cut my carbon footprint. Plus we don't own a car, so it's biking everywhere!

  45. I already do most of the things you mentioned to help cut my carbon footprint. Plus we don't own a car, so it's biking everywhere!

  46. I've linked your blog to my google reader- you're there every day when I open it up!

  47. I've linked your blog to my google reader- you're there every day when I open it up!

  48. I would love to try the coconut soap and the citrus spray cleaner. These products look awesome!

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