Rolling these melt-in-your-mouth wonders in toasted coconut isn’t absolutely necessary, but it creates a nice visual effect. Bet you can’t eat just one of these super-easy-to-make vegan coconut bites, filled with the fruity goodness of fresh mango and banana!
Recipe and photos from Bravo Express! No Sugar, Oil, or Salt by Chef Ramses Bravo ©2019 Book Publishing Company, reprinted by permission.
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- 2 cups diced mango
- 2 ripe bananas, diced
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1⁄2 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups unsweetened shredded dried coconut
- 3⁄4 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut, toasted (see Note)
- Put the mango, bananas, pineapple juice, and vanilla bean in a small pot and cook over medium-low heat for 6 minutes.
- Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the pot and discard the pod.
- Transfer the mango mixture to a food processor. Add the 4 cups of coconut and process until smooth and firm.
- Put the toasted coconut in a small bowl or on a plate.
- Using a small ice-cream scoop or a spoon, scoop out a small amount of the fruit-and-coconut mixture. Roll it into a 1-inch ball with your hands and then roll it in the toasted coconut. Repeat the process with the remaining mixture.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature.
To toast unsweetened shredded dried coconut, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 2 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir, spread back into a single layer, and return to the oven until evenly toasted, 1–2 minutes longer. The whole process should take 3–4 minutes, but trust your eyes more than the time.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g
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