Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you love chocolate? Or Almonds? Or Coconuts? Well, today you are in luck because what I have for you is beyond delicious! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, this recipe for raw chocolate truffles will be a success at any event or a party! Oh did I mention that this recipe is made out of all natural ingredients and will help to keep your heart healthy? This just keeps better and better, am I right?
Before we get to the recipe, I would like to share with you the nutritional profile of the main ingredients. I believe that it is very important to know exactly what you are putting in your body, so check out these healthy ingredients yourself!
These hearty and delicious nuts are actually not nuts at all. They are seeds of the fruit of the almond tree. Lucky for us, they are available all year around. It is worthwhile to know that even though you can get your hands on almonds any time of the year, they are freshest in the height of their season which is in mid-summer. Almonds are a great addition to sweet or savory dishes.
There are so many benefits that one can get out of eating almonds on a daily basis. Such benefits include, but are not limited to, vitamin E, riboflavin (vitamin B2), manganese, biotin, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and molybdenum. Even though 1/4 cup of almonds contains approximately 11 grams of fat, 7 grams out of that are considered heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Almonds can reduce your risk of heart disease, they lower cholesterol, they provide protection against diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
And even the fact that almonds can help you lose weight and keep it off speaks volumes. If you want to learn more about the benefits of this healthy seed take a look at our three part series dedicated to almonds: The Cardiovascular Benefits of Almonds, The Disease-Fighting Properties of Almonds and The Immune Boosting Benefits of Almonds.
Did you know that scientific name for coconut is Cocos Nucifera? Coco means ‘monkey face,’ and Nucifera stands for ‘nut beari.’ They received this name because the three dimples on the hairy nut resemble the head and a face of a monkey. Even with this entertaining name, coconuts are a highly nutritional food. Their milk, meat, juice, and oil can sustain an entire population around the world for generations!
Coconuts are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are considered as a ‘functional food’ due to all the health benefits outside of their nutritional content. Coconuts help to prevent obesity, improve heart health, improve digestion, and are a quick energy boost. Also, coconuts are trans-fat free, non-toxic, gluten-free, and are hypoallergenic. Other benefits include antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
Medjool date is considered to be the king of all dates! These dates are rich in fiber, protein, potassium, and copper. Medjool dates make a great snack since with them you do not need to worry about gaining weight. This is because Medjool dates have absolutely no sodium or cholesterol and are fat-free. So go ahead and indulge yourself!
Raisins are full of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins such as dietary fiber, protein, potassium, copper, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B6, riboflavin, and thiamin. The list can go on and on. Raisins promote good cardiac health, prevent cancer, reduce blood pressure, treat erectile dysfunction, help to treat anemia and help control sugar absorption in diabetics. In our daily lives, raisins can cure fevers, provide relief from constipation and help in absorption of calcium.
This delicious syrup can satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, as well as boost your immune system! Even though its content is 60% natural sugar, maple syrup is rich in manganese and zinc. Both of these minerals have antioxidant properties and contribute to the reduction of free radicals, which are the source of cellular damage.
If you are not yet convinced of the fully packed nutritional value of these truffles, I am speechless, and that by the way, happens on a rare occasion. I believe that I just proved that this chocolaty goodness is a must have. And you thought that all deserts are evil!
Raw Chocolate Balls
- 1 cup of ground almonds
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 3 Medjool dates pitted
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- With the exception of shredded coconut, gather all of the above-mentioned ingredients in a blender and pulse until the mixture is blended.
- For this step, you can use a teaspoon, a melon baller or even your hands! Using whatever instrument you chose, scoop out some of the mixture and roll it into a ball.
- Repeat the process until all the mixture is used up.
- Roll the balls in the reserved shredded coconut until evenly coated.
- You can eat these straight away, but if you prefer chewier texture place them into the freezer for a couple of hours.
Easy, peasy, delicious! Even with a 7- month old, I managed to make these in no time! Are you onboard the sweet and healthy train yet?
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