Chocolate Coconut Yummies: #41 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

I remember standing on a stool to make these when I was a kid, stirring the chocolate and marshmallows around to melt them. The anticipation of a delicious ball of oats, coconut, and fudgy goodness was too much to bear. And now I can make them with my kids!

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($5 total)

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips – $2.00
1/3 cup margarine or butter – $0.75
16 large marshmallows – $0.99
1 tsp vanilla – $0.20
1 cup shredded coconut – $0.66
2 cups rolled oats – $0.24


1. In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients except the olive oil. Be sure to mix well. It will make a In a double boiler (a metal bowl sitting over a pot of boiling water), melt the chocolate chips, margarine/butter, and marshmallows. Stir until smooth, then remove from heat.

2. Stir in the vanilla, coconut, and oats, mix well until thoroughly combined. Squeeze and roll little balls of yummy mixture in your hands and put onto a plate.

3. Refrigerate the yummies for 30 minutes (or longer), then enjoy. They also freeze well and are great packed in school lunchboxes. I like to have one after lunch myself sometimes too. 🙂

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings:  3 = >6 servings
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 1 = eat rarely
  • TOTAL: 16/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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