This innovative recipe draws inspiration from Mexican jicama candy. Shredded toasted coconut and jicama are combined with orange juice and brown sugar until sticky-sweet. They're then coated in a smooth, rich dark chocolate that contrasts the citrus-y and coconut flavors of the energy bites. If you're ever at a loss for what to do with jicama, then this simple snack recipe is a must-try.

Mexican Jicama Energy Bites [Vegan]

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 3 cups jicama, shredded
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 7 ounces vegan dark chocolate, melted
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Preparation

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix together the coconut and the jicama. Add the orange juice, sugar, and salt, and combine until well incorporated.
  2. Heat at medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring constantly, or until sticky dough forms.
  3. Transfer to a plate and let cool completely. Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and form a ball. Repeat until all of the mixture is gone. Freeze on a cookie sheet for at least 2 hours.
  4. Melt the chocolate in either a double-boiler, or in the microwave at 30-second intervals.
  5. Dip the balls, one at a time, in the melted chocolate, making sure the entire ball is coated with chocolate. Allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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