I started making these treats, as we all deserve a treat, not to mention the pleasure of making something that is quick and easy, and a healthy alternative when you need a boost and have no ADDED SUGAR or additives
This is why they are good for us: Raw cacao contains flavanols; a compound proven to lower blood pressure, also known for enhancing circulation and, according to some research studies has improved cognitive memory function . So it has to be good for us.
Raw cacao also contains theobromine, which has been proven to help stimulate the central nervous system, relax muscles and increase energy levels. And the fact that these delicious raw chocolate nut truffles are both gluten and dairy-free, make them the perfect treat for when you are craving something healthy and with good sugar and sweet. You can also use other nuts depending on your personal preference. I like using Pistachios, almonds, cashews or Walnuts.
You will need: Ingredients:
200gms walnuts ( omega 3 rich) or alternatively use hazelnuts Brazil/or almonds
2 tbsp Coconut oil
4 tbsp raw Organic cocoa powder
Raw cacao for dusting (about 3 tbsp)
You can also add Coconut to this recipe which makes them delicious too ( I sometimes put about 50g in or the rind of 1 Jaffa sized orange which makes them zesty)
Great to take to any party or a treat for a loved one!
How to make them: Method
Place all the nuts into a food processor and grind. Place in a large bowl and set aside. Then blitz the dates in the processor and add to the bowl with the nuts. Stir in the coconut oil (you may need to gently melt first if it’s not been in the cupboard. Add the cocoa powder and mix well. Add the 2 tbsps of cocoa powder and mix again. There ready to make into truffles.
Roll each into small balls and once your happy with their size, roll gently in the cacao powder which is in a small bowl.Use the sides to add the cocoa on to it. I recommend making them about 1/2inch for a quick light bite. This batch should make about 30-35. Once you have made them all put them in the fridge to help them set firmly. These truffles can also be frozen and used at a later date if you want to make a larger batch (obviously inc the quantity for this).
Enjoy the feast!