- 1 cup cooked black beans, (rinse and drain if canned)
- 1/3 of a banana
- 2 tbs of apple sauce
- 2 tbs peanut butter for pb version OR 2 tbs coconut oil for coconut flavor BUT not both – pick one.
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3 tbs of stevia
- pinch of sea salt, always the trick to hide the beany taste
- 2-3 tbs pure maple syrup, depending on your sweetness preference
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon, optional. (I just like it on everything.)
- 1 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate of choice (dark is great too or could do white chocolate also), for melting and coating
- Optional add-ins: nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. or "dust" them in additional cocoa powder- can all work!
- Place the beans, banana, apple sauce, peanut butter (or coconut oil), cocoa powder, stevia, salt, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon (if using) all in a food processor. Blend everything until well combined, scraping down the sides if you need to. It should start to get thick and form together. (Best part is you can eat it RAW thanks to this recipe being vegan, but try not to!). NOTE: You do need to try that batter here and make sure you like it to your taste preference -(salt/sweet ratios).
- Cover a baking sheet covered with parchment paper coated with cooking spray so they do not stick. (I love coconut oil spray for this too). Next, use a spoon and roll about a tablespoon size piece into a ball and place on the a baking sheet lined with parchment. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. (Try hard to not eat them at this point, I fail everytime!).
- Meanwhile melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave). When the balls have chilled pull out just about half (you want them to stay cold, so do them in batches). Next carefully insert a (toothpick works great) into the center and dip in the melted chocolate to coat. You can place a spoon underneath for back-up if it drops in the chocolate. Place on parchment paper. Then I lightly use my two fingers to slowly remove the toothpick.
- Let chill again so the chocolate coating sets. (You could roll them in additional cocoa powder now or finely chopped nuts too!) Can be anywhere from 15-30 mins.
Store in the fridge (or freezer). Now Enjoy!