Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Why not? Unadulterated cocoa is high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Cocoa even contains neurotransmitters which promote an overall sense of well-being and pleasure. It is the love drug.
The downside of most chocolate is that it is highly processed. It is an expensive ingredient, and as such it is often diluted with wax, hydrogenated oils, and other additives.
This recipe for raw chocolate truffles contains only nutrient dense, good-for-you ingredients. They are decadent morsels, easy to make and worth the effort!
Raw Coconut Truffles
- 8 large medjool dates
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup raw or regular cocoa powder
- 2 cups of shredded coconut
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp pure peppermint extract (optional, use only if you want mint truffles)
In either a food processor or high-speed blender, soak the dates in the water for 15 minutes. Whip thesoaked dates and water into a paste. Add the remainder of the ingredients and process until smooth.
Refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes, until it is thickened.
Use a small scoop, to scoop out balls of truffle mixture and finish forming it into balls by rolling in your hands, a rather messy procedure! Roll in cocoa powder, shredded coconut or finely chopped nuts.
Best stored in the fridge.