Thursday, September 4, 2008

Vegan Joys, Oh My!

I remember the first time I had these, I was so excited about them.  This comes from a recipe a friend shared with me.  The concept is easy, the middle is half powdered sugar and half shredded coconut.  Then to make those two ingredients stick together, you just add some mashed potatoes.  That's right!  Potato is the secret ingredient to these tasty treats.

I brought these to a potluck once where people either brought a potato dish or they brought cookies.  It was not coordinated for that to happen, it just did.  I was amused since my dish was a little of both.  

These can be made like a "mounds" variety without almonds, or almonds can be added in.  I brought these to work and didn't want to spend the extra money on almonds, but I do prefer them added.  Everyone will love these!

Vegan Joys

3 cups Powdered Sugar
3 cups Shredded Coconut, unsweetened
6-8 Tb Mashed Potatoes
1 cup Almonds (optional)

1 cup Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup Soymilk
1 Tb Margarine

Mix together the powdered sugar and coconut.  Add in the mashed potato until these two ingredients stick together but are not too sticky.  This is when you would add the almonds if you choose to do so.  Form this into about 40 one inch balls and refrigerate 20 minutes.

To prepare the chocolate outside coating, place the soymilk and margarine in a saucepan and turn heat to low.  Once margarine starts to melt, add in the chocolate chips.  Stir until everything is melted and smooth.

Dip the balls into the chocolate coating and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Place the treats in the refrigerator at least an hour to harden.  Enjoy!  


millie said...

wow! these look great! and i have some shredded coconut leftover from something else that i need to use up. i'll let you know how they turn out. by the way is it hard to get that cute little curly peak on the top, or what?

Chelsea said...

I didn't even think of the curly peak. I guess the way to get that is to swirl the ball in the chocolate as you remove it. Most of mine got the curly top on accident, but that is how I dipped them. Make sure the chocolate isn't too hot in case your fingers get in it. You can also modify the recipe to match the amount of coconut you have. Remember equal amounts of coconut and powdered sugar. Yum!

Anonymous said...

These look yummy! I just made some Chunky Monkey Brownies (a Beverly Lynn Bennett recipe from VegNews a few months ago), and all my friends are still drooling. Chocolate (especially when it's fair trade and vegan) is the best!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Those were so good!

millie said...

chelsea you already know i did this, but i'm posting this here for the benefit of your readers: if you sub orange sweet potato for the potato, your candies will be orange inside! which i think is really cute for halloween.

elizabet said...

I'm here to tell you people one thing, ok, two things:

1. I've eaten about a dozen of these little mofos (sweet potato and regular)

2. I would mow your grandmother down at a dessert table to get to them. That's right, GRANDMOTHER.

Be warned.