Chocolate Balls

by Maria on December 22, 2010

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So our kitchen is not quite done, but it's close. We are using the sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator, but haven't moved in there yet since there is still a little bit of work that needs to be done before it's complete.

But when my youngest son's class had a sign-up sheet for their holiday party a few weeks ago, I took the risk and signed up to bring in a baked good. It had been so long. For both the Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations I had brought in paper goods, accepting the fact that even chopping fruit without a kitchen--never mind baking--was challenging. 

When I realized our kitchen still wouldn't be quite done in time for this event, I briefly considered switching to paper goods again. But quickly scrapped that idea. I was determined to cook. Besides, the task was not just to make any sweet treat. Due to food allergies in the class it had to be a tree nut-free and egg-free recipe. 

So yesterday morning, the day before the party, I was still thinking about what to do, when I remembered the chocolate balls of my youth. They were egg-free, nut-free, and required no baking. Perfect! 

I looked up "Chokladbollar" in my tried and true old Swedish cookbook, "Vår Kok Bok" and there was the recipe. I hadn't made these since I was a child, but remembered that they were easy and that I used to love making them (and eating them!). 

Here is the recipe, adapted from my Swedish cookbook:

Chocolate Balls

1 stick of butter (at room temperature)

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons cocoa

2 cups old-fashioned oats

2-3 tablespoons water

coconut flakes

1. In a large bowl, mix together softened butter and sugar with a wooden spoon. (You could also use a food processor.)

2. Add vanilla, cocoa, oats, and water. (Start with 2 tablespoons of water and add more in the end if the mixture seems dry.) Mix well. 

3. Using your hands, divide the dough into four pieces, and then form each of those into 10 balls.

4. Spread coconut onto a plate and roll the balls in the coconut until they are covered.

5. Store in an airtight container in a cool pantry or refrigerator. 



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