So you probably know that throwing together healthy ingredients into a bowl and seeing what I come up with, is one of the ways I just love to experiment in order to develop new recipes… And when it comes to my raw balls– this method comes in handy. This is because in order to roll these balls into something delicious, you need to achieve the right consistency; and what better way to do that than to keep adding and experimenting with different plant based ingredients, right?
At Christmas time, around the time I started this blog, I shared with you guys some raw chocolate pudding balls, however they were a little too festive for this time of year so I thought I would work on a new recipe- inspired by the last one, to give you these indulgent, yet healthy truffles.
These raw cacao truffles are vegan, and you can add or takeaway different spices depending on your taste buds… I just used cinnamon however you may want to add nutmeg, or take away the spices all together! I used raw cacao powder for an intense chocolate flavour, and its antioxidant properties- you can see my blog post about the health benefits of this here.
Ingredients (makes 14-16)
- 12 medjool dates (remove stones)
- 1 cup of ground almonds
- 1/4 raw cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons of almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut to roll the balls in (optional)
- Cut up the dates as small as you can (easy with a sharp knife) and remove the stones from the middle of them.
- In a bowl, mix the dates in with the ground almonds, and then add the cacao. Add the 3 tablespoons of almond milk, and beat together with a spoon. You may find this easier to do with your hands. Keep folding and pressing the ingredients together, until it all starts to stick consistently.
- Add the cinnamon, and press the mixture into a large ball.
- You can then tear off bits of the mix, to roll 14-16 vegan balls (depending on the size you roll them).
- Once you have rolled the raw balls, roll them into the desiccated coconut, then leave in the fridge to cool for unto 2 hours.
- Keep these chilled, and enjoy them through the week! They will last up to 5 days.
So today I made chocolate and coconut cupcakes and thought I would blog about the delicious nutritiousness of the recipe! To achieve such a rich chocolate flavour I use raw cacao powder which is just packed with antioxidants! It can also supply us with great long-lasting energy and has high levels of calcium. However, this product may vary in nutritional value so make sure you track down a good organic powder. The one I recommend you can find here.
Personally, I love chocolate- the darker the better! It’s nice to treat ourselves to indulgent foods but I always keep in mind two things… 1) moderation is key 2) what are the health benefits of what I’m eating? Although chocolatey foods are considered a ‘treat’, you will be happy to know that it also provides us with certain health benefits. However, this does not apply to all things chocolatey… I’m talking about the great quality, organic raw stuff that contains a high percentage of cacao– anything over 70 percent is considered dark chocolate but I always go for 85-90 percent. Raw cacao contains almost 4 times as much antioxidant content than regular processed dark chocolate. So when I start baking anything chocolatey, I use organic cacao powder that can do a lot of good for your insides and is also 100 percent plant-based!
It makes you happy
Cacao boosts the serotonin levels in the brain. This is a chemical messenger that helps stabilise our moods, therefore when levels are boosted, so is our state of mind. Phenethylamine in cacao also triggers the release of endorphins and can increase libido!
It can help protect your heart
It contains anti-inflammatory antioxidants that help protect the heart. These antioxidants- flavanols– can also help fight cardiovascular disease and improve blood circulation.
It improves cognitive function
A Harvard study demonstrated that adults who drank 2 cups of cacao a day, increased the blood flow to their brain and improved their memory.
It makes your hair shine
It is an excellent source of sulfur, which is great for strong nails and shiny hair. The flavonols contained can also improve skin hydration, so you can look good on the outside and inside!
Read more: http://dailysuperfoodlove.com/2852/21-fantastic-benefits-of-cacao/#ixzz3yAwMD7KT
Below are some little cakes I made using the above ingredients! You can try the recipe here.