Cocoa No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Reindeer

(makes 8)


Raisin dough-
8 ounces raisins
3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup roasted and salted almonds (if you use raw almonds, add a pinch of salt)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tablespoon dutch process cocoa powder, plus about 1/3 cup more for coating
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chopped semi-sweet chocolate or mini chocolate chips


2 ounces dark chocolate, melted and tempered or dark cocoa confectionery coating melted*
16 candy eyes
8 large red candies (or use red grapes)