These butter balls are perfect for extra energy during gym sessions, that famous 4pm afternoon slump or even as a night cap for a good nights sleep (cherries are known to help with sleep as they contain significant amounts of melatonin) or for post exercise to help with inflammation and stiffness.
Truth be told, I chose cherries because they were in my fridge and were the closest to turning out of all of my berries, but this recipe can actually be made with any berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries).
The important thing is that these are made with coconut butter or creamed coconut, which is comprised of large amounts of oil and pureed, raw coconut meat, so one tablespoon of coconut butter provides 2 grams of fibre as well as small amounts of potassium, magnesium, and iron.
The health benefits from the berries are also important, although they may be higher in natural sugar, they are still very low carb and yet again high in fibre and anti-oxidants, and of course the delicious taste, making them perfect to pair with the coconut butter.
Coconut butter or creamed coconut is generally found in the stores or health shops with the other coconut milk products. I have seen it in jars, but generally it is in a box, which contains a bag with the butter. It is usually rather hard and difficult to work with, so the best thing is to soak the bag of butter in a jug of hot water to melt.
Once melted it is easy to pour, so transfer it into a blender container
Add 1 cup of fresh pitted cherries, and blend well
The results is this gorgeous purple butter, just bursting with goodness
I transferred the mixture into cake pop moulds (please excuse the psychedelic colours) but if you don’t have then either use silicon baking cups, or just leave the mixture to cool down and then roll into balls with your hands. Transfer the moulds to the fridge and allow the butter to reset back into a firm state.
I rolled them in desiccated coconut and freeze dried raspberries, but it was purely for atheistic purposes and did not change or contribute to the flavour in any way.
- 1 cup of coconut butter/creamed coconut (usually 1 box)
- 1 cup of pitted cherries (or any other choice of berry)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
- Place the coconut butter bag in a jug of warm water and leave to soften.
- Combine all the ingredients together and blend well.
- Transfer to moulds and/or simply put the mixture straight into the fridge to firm up.
- Roll in desiccated coconut and freeze dried raspberries (you may need to squeeze them to ensure they stick)