I adore Sweden. I started to take a keen interest in this country when they set up a Chinese site promoting their culture. Sweden emphasizes its progress on human rights, equality and sustainability and I am really interested in those aspects. I immediately fell in love with it and wanted to learn more.
In Chinese we have a saying – 爱屋及乌 — which means, when you love the house, you even find the ravens on the roof of the house lovely. So my love for Sweden not only led me to learning the language in order to better understand their culture, but also an interest in their people, customs and food.
The first Swedish food that I learned to make is probably also what every Swedish child learns to make when they start their adventures in kitchen. It is called chokladbollar, which means chocolate balls. It’s made of very simple ingredients, and is very easy to make; you don’t even need an oven; a mixing bowl and your hands would be enough. Of course, since it’s a hot summer right now, I prefer not to use my hands.
Health Index: ⅘ (4 to 5 times a week)
Kitchen Gadgets: Food processor
Serves: 24 balls
2 cups rolled oats
½ cup raw sugar (cane sugar)
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup vegan butter
1 tbsp strong coffee
½ tsp vanilla
30g dark cooking chocolate
¼ cup coconut flakes
1. Add the rolled oats, sugar and cocoa powder into the food processor and mix lightly.
2. Soften the vegan butter, but don’t let it melt, add it to mixture and mix for a few seconds.
3. Add the coffee and vanilla and mix again.
4. Melt the chocolate and add it to the mixture and mix for a few seconds. By this time the mixture should form a ball. Don’t mix too much as the heat might melt the butter, then it would be difficult to form the ball. If that’s the case, put the mixture into fridge to cool for a while.
5. Put the coconut flakes in a small bowl and using a small ice-cream scoop make a firm ball out of the mixture, then use two small spoons to scoop it out carefully, and roll it in the coconut flakes, at the same time use the spoon to adjust the ball’s roundness if it’s not perfect.
6. Put the finished chocolate balls into fridge and cool for one hour. Enjoy!