Dark Chocolate Dragon Fruit Coconut Treats - a light sweet and bright pink treat that is quick and easy to make with just a few ingredients.
You guys, I finally found Pitaya Plus locally.
Okay, I think it's always been here, I just had to track it down at a store I don't often visit. I have been making up for lost time with smoothies and bowls and eating the cubes raw and pink fingers and all the dragon fruit things.
Then I combined the pitaya with coconut and dipped it in chocolate.
Prior to dipping in chocolate, these treats are a mildly sweet on their own - perfect for a snack before a run or tennis, when I don't want to eat too much. Dip them in chocolate, and they become this sweeter dessert with the bright pink center.
You can roll Dark Chocolate Dragon Fruit Coconut Treats into balls, or shape into bars:
Dark Chocolate Dragon Fruit Coconut Treats
YIELD: approximately 10 bars / 20 balls
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup pitaya cubes
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon beet juice / natural food coloring (optional)
2-3 ounces dark chocolate (70-72%), chopped
Line a loaf pan, small baking sheet or dish with parchment. Set aside.
In a food processor, combine coconut, pitaya, maple syrup and salt. Blend into a dough consistency. Add beet juice / food coloring if using.
Using hands, press dough into a loaf pan, or form dough into a uniform and level rectangle shape on prepared baking sheet / dish. Cover (plastic wrap) and refrigerate several hours to overnight.
In a double boiler over lowest heat, melt chopped chocolate.
Using a fork so excess chocolate will drip off, dip each bar / ball in the melted chocolate. Return bar / ball to parchment to set. Repeat with remaining.
Allow to dry / set on the counter if the house is cool.
Store in refrigerator, but remove at least 15 minutes before serving – the texture and the flavors are much better at room temperature.
...or shaped into bright pink Easter eggs, perhaps?
printable Dark Chocolate Dragon Fruit Coconut Treats recipe: