Portuguese Sweets, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

Beijinhos de côco (coconut kisses)

Coconut kisses are great- little, sweet, nutritious and the perfect marriage of coconut and lemon. Plus, gluten and refined sugar free! I used to make these when I was little, but with a lot of eggs and sugar…(mentally slaps my younger self). Try this adapted vegan recipe, is great. You can also double the recipe to make a few more.

time: 50 minutes

Difficulty: 1 pan

Serves: about 12-15 balls

What you need:

1 small sweet potato, boiled

1 tbsp coconut oil

5 medjool dates

1 tbsp cornflour

1 flax ‘egg’ (1 tbsp grounded flax seeds + 2 tbsp water)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup shredded coconut

zest of 1 lemon

Utensils:

small pan to boil potato

food processor

mixing spoon

bowl to mix ingredients

baking tray and parchment paper

food grater

Directions:

Boil the sweet potato until tender (about 15 minutes); meanwhile, prepare flax ‘egg’ by adding 1 tbsp of flax seeds to 3 of water (it’ll become gluey within a few minutes);

In a food processor mix coconut oil (melted), pitted dates and potato at high speed until all is well incorporated;

In a bowl, add coconut, flax ‘egg’, cornflour, baking powder, lemon zest and sweet potato mixture- mix all well;

Shape mix into small balls and place in a baking tray, lined with parchment paper- bake for about 20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. These will keep for a few days in a sealed container.

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