If there is one thing in the world I simply cannot resist, despite it's nasty ingredients - it is Rafaello! I absolutely love it, but I only have it 2-3 time a year, usually for my birthday or special occasions like our wedding anniversary or Christmas. That's why I decided to try a clean version of my beloved naughty coconut treats, made with healthy ingredients. I can happily report, that my first attempt was a success and I can now enjoy (raw and vegan) Rafaello without feeling guilty about it! *does happy dance, screams and cries with happy tears*.
To make the healthy version of Rafaello, you will need:
-4 tbsp of raw coconut butter (I made my own with coconut flakes and coconut cream)
-1 cup of shredded coconut
-15 almonds (peeled or unpeeled)
-3-4 tablespoons of agave nectar or honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
-1 tsp vanilla bean paste
-extra shredded coconut for coating
-If you buy coconut butter, you can skip this step, which was probably the most time consuming thing to do, even in the Vitamix. I threw in 200g of coconut flakes into the blender, added a splash of coconut cream and blended it for about 3 minutes - with breaks to stop and stir etc. The mixture was absolutely roasting at the end as well, so I would advise you to just order coconut butter online or get it in a health store. You will need 4 tbsp of it.
-Put your coconut butter (preferably creamy) in a food processor (I used the Vitamix again), add shredded coconut, agave nectar and vanilla bean paste and process until smooth.
-Form little balls, with an almond inside and roll them in coconut flakes.
-Put your healthy Rafaello bonbons in the fridge for 20-30 minutes and enjoy!
-You can experiment with the texture and sweetness, depending on how creamy and sweet you like it. You don't have to be very precise with the quantity of the ingredients either and you can always add a splash of coconut cream or more coconut butter etc to make the mixture slightly more sticky. (I realise that the cream I bought is not 100% clean, but I couldn't find anything else and I only used it, because I didn't have a jar of coconut butter)
I also made a chocolate version for my husband, with added cocoa powder and Choc Shot Sauce.
That's it - super easy raw vegan Rafaello bonbons! If you use coconut butter, it will take you about 10 minutes to make these and they will have a more creamy texture than my version. They are absolutely delicious, healthy and guilt free! I am eating one right now and believe me- I won't be buying the nasty version ever again!
Do you love Rafaello? Are you excited to try the clean version?