Cheats Chocolate Truffles

Carob Truffles are nothing new, a lot of people make them and a lot of people love them. I have been working on some new formula’s recently which might spark some interest though, especially for those of you sticking to an all-natural, whole foods or Paleo diet. These little wonders are kind of like having a huge burst of extremely rich chocolate, without all the crap and the bad calories. More and more people seem to be looking for healthier alternatives to their favourite eats and treats these days, and it’s no wonder since there’s been so much news about all the chemicals used in processed foods and the extremely harmful effects these can have on your body, never mind the piles of sugar and fat that cause weight gain. I have hundreds of recipes for some amazingly healthy sweet treats, but I’m not much of a sweet person so they only come out once in a while. Recently however, I have been wanting to experiment and try and get a good selection together, so I thought I should start putting them on here to share with everyone. No point keeping such yummy things to oneself.

Yesterday I made two varieties, one purely a health snack, and one which is far more decadent and sweet. So here are the two recipe’s, I hope you enjoy them. I will be making more soon and will keep adding recipe’s along the way.

NB: Try to buy raw organic ingredients as much as possible; most health food stores should sell these ingredients, unless you have a super-awesome grocer.

CAROB, DATE & COCONUT TRUFFLES

Mix makes between 12 and 18 balls depending on size.

  • 12 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates (if you cant get medjool dates just use the freshest, juiciest dates you can find!)
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Sultanas
  • 2 Heaped Tablespoons Raw Organic Carob Powder
  • 60g Ground Almond – plus 20g for dusting
  • 50g Finely Chopped Nuts (I like cashews and Hazelnuts)
  • 50g Omega Seed Sprinkle (or any mixed bag of seeds)
  • 75g of Cashew or Almond Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Organic Agave Syrup
  • 50g Finely Shredded Raw Coconut (unsweetened) – plus extra for dusting

Finely chop the dates; use a food processor if it’s easier but be careful not to chop this too fine as it will need to still be slightly chunky. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until mixed well but not too much as it will become a fine paste and have no texture otherwise. It should be really thick and sticky, if it gets too thin add more ground almond to bring it together again if you over-process it. You can also simply mix it in a bowl if you prefer the mixture to be thicker, but this is sticky and will require a bit of elbow grease to get it mixed evenly.

Once the mix is ready, use a teaspoon to scoop out roughly a heaped teaspoon size piece and then roll into balls. Sprinkle a good layer of shredded coconut onto a small plate with some ground almond powder and roll the balls in this until they are covered. Once all the mixture has been rolled into balls, place in an airtight container and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set. Keep them in the fridge and take out a few whenever you feel like something sweet!!!

CAROB, DATE & CACAO TRUFFLES

Mix makes between 12 and 18 balls depending on size.

  • 12 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates (if you cant get medjool dates just use the freshest, juiciest dates you can find!)
  • 2 Heaped Tablespoons Raw Organic Carob Powder
  • 50g Ground Almond
  • 50g Finely Chopped Nuts (I like cashews and Hazelnuts) – optional
  • 3 Tablespoons Raw Organic Cacao – plus extra for dusting
  • 75g of Cashew or Almond Butter
  • 3 Tablespoon Raw Organic Agave Syrup or Raw Honey
  • 25g Finely Shredded Raw Coconut (unsweetened) – optional
  • Zest of 2 limes and Juice of 1/2 lime (optional, just be careful as this adds a tangy flavour and can take away from the sweetness. You can use Orange zest and a tiny squeeze of juice instead if you like the flavour of chocolate oranges, although I am not a fan.

Place all ingredients, minus the lime, in a food processor and pulse until thoroughly blended but not runny; if the mix gets too thin just add some more ground almond. These ones can be smoother than the previous lot as you are looking for a raw chocolate consistency – add extra nuts at the end and mix in with a spoon if you want some crunch, or even chopped dried cranberries, goji berries and coconut flakes, all of which are great! For the coating on these you can roll them in Raw Organic Cacao, or as I’ve done, roll them in finely chopped nuts mixed with cacao.

These treats keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks at a push, although I somehow doubt they will last that long in anyone’s fridge. I’m going to be making some sugar-free mince pie and fruit cake alternatives next week too, since Christmas seems to be creeping up on us and everything in the stores is making me crave Christmas flavours!! Oh and if you are looking for some amazing raw chocolate try PANA CHOCOLATE – they make incredible stuff!

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