I made these for the monthly board meeting for Karma Food Co-op. I didn't take any leftovers home so that's a good sign. Personally, I love how creamy these taste without having dairy! And the only sugar is in the semi sweet chocolate chips which could easily be changed to incorporate cocoa with maple syrup. Since these are baked honey is not a suitable sweetener.
I purchased nearly all of the below ingredients at Karma. But not the fresh young coconut - I have asked at the co-op but due to refrigeration limitations it is not possible to get them there. Chinatown is not too far from Karma so I go there once a week or so.
1 & 1/2 cups sesame milk (I make my own and will get around to posting this recipe....the 'milk' is quite thick so if you use an alternate then I suggest adding ground flax to thicken it).
Blend in the fresh meat of one young green coconut.
Bring this mixture to a low boil and simmer until the consistency of thick soup is reached.
1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or 4 oz (dairy free)
Once the chocolate chips have melted remove pan from heat and mix in:
2 cups shredded coconut (dried)
1 cup hemp seed nut
1 tsp vanilla
a pinch of salt
Form mixture into balls and place on lightly oiled cookie tray. Bake at 300 F for 15-20 minutes and make sure the bottoms do not burn!