Raise your hand, everyone who likes Raffaello! I definitely raised mine. I love it! The only thing preventing me from eating everything in front of me is the fact that there are quite some calories in it. Of course, calories don’t have to be bad, but if Raffaello doesn’t contain macros that are good for your body while containing 63 kcal in 1 piece… Well, that’s than at least a bit bad. Here is the recipe for home-made, healthy and fitness-friendly Raffaello that doesn’t taste the same as original- it tastes better! And remember, healthy food makes us beautiful!
To make these wonderful coconut balls you will need:
- 200 g cottage cheese
- 200 g coconut flour
- ca. 20 almonds
- coconut flakes
- 1 scoop of whey protein vanilla (optional; you can also use any kind of vanilla aroma)
- Honey or maple syrup or any other sweetener
Soak almonds in hot water for few minutes and remove the skin.
Mix 1 scoop of whey protein with cottage cheese and add honey or any other sweetener you prefer (I used about three tablespoons of honey). Mix everything very well until all ingredients are combined. Slowly add coconut flour and mix as well as possible. Optionally, you can replace coconut flour with coconut flakes (what I did). If the mixture is too sticky to handle, add more coconut flakes or coconut flour.
Use about one teaspoon of homogeneous mixture for one coconut ball, insert one almond in the middle and form a spherical ball using your hands. The size should be similar to original Raffaello candies. In the end just roll each ball in coconut and you’re almost done.
The only thing left (and the hardest one :)) is to refrigerate your coconut candies for about an hour.
In the end, I have a small challenge for you: try not to eat all of them at once!
1 coconut ball contains:
- 64 kcal
- 4 g fat (4 g saturated fat)
- 4 g carbohydrate
- 2 g protein
- 71 mg sodium
* approx. values are calculated using MyFitnessPal app.