Ok so we are in luck today, first of all we get to drool over these raw chocolate truffles, but possibly more important you get to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Michaell from Foodscape. Jen at BurpeesforBreakfast introduced us a while back and I’m absolutely obsessed with her site! Not only are her recipes simple and drool-worthy, but she drops a nutrition bomb on you in almost every post. And well she’s just a cool chick, so if you aren’t already following her on her healthy food journey, you should! Be sure to check out her site and send her some love!
Hiya Pancake Warriors! So glad to be here sharing a dessert recipe with y’all. Especially since I am a long time reader and frequently hunger for Sam’s pancakes and most recently her Mediterranean Vegan Dip. Yummm!
Chocolate always sounds good whether it’s for workout fuel or to satisfy a craving. These babies certainly satisfy with deep, dark velvety chocolate and a rich creamy center. I like that I only need one truffle to feel completely satisfied. Pass the milk, please?
I have always followed my mother’s advice when it comes to food: Listen to your body. When I crave chocolate, I know what to look for. Am I getting enough calcium in my diet? Magnesium? Iron? Am I feeling low on energy and wanting caffeine and sugar? Any way you slice it, when you are looking for chocolate, it’s better if it comes from a wholesome, high antioxidant source.
If you aren’t familiar with why raw cacao is better than cocoa, let me show you this amazing ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) score.
According to Dr. Weil: “ORAC researchers at the Jean Mayer Center suggest that increasing daily intake to between 3,000 and 5,000 ORAC units seems to have a significant impact on plasma and tissue antioxidant capacity.”
For me, anything that helps shield my body from aging activity is good!
Cacao’s ORAC score is reason enough to give into your chocolate cravings, but there’s more. Just 2 tablespoons provides 5g of protein, 6g of fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, and selenium. Definitely a power food I like to keep around.
These raw chocolate truffles are not just great because of the chocolate, but also because of the coconut oil. MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) from coconut oil can boost your metabolism and therefore help you lose weight. That doesn’t mean go chug a bottle, but these truffles are the perfect amount when using a raw extra virgin coconut oil. It also has received attention for preventing Alzheimer’s. Crazy!
A lot of people don’t realize that the big debate about coconut oil being beneficial can be mostly put to bed by sticking with extra virgin coconut oil versus buying a refined oil. It is extremely important you do not by any coconut oil that is listed as refined when using coconut oil for health benefits.
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (use coconut butter if you don't have a high-speed blender)
- ½ cup Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 + ½ cup (up to ½ cup more if too wet and for coating) Cacao powder
- 2 tbsp Goji Berries *Optional*
- ½ cup Dates
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla Powder
- Hemp Seeds
- chopped goji berries
- dried coconut
- Add the coconut flakes and puree until a rough powder.
- Add the coconut oil and maple syrup. Blend in a high-speed blender until it turns buttery smooth. This will take up to 10-15 minutes. Scrape the sides down every minute.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Taste and see if it is too bittersweet for you. Add more maple syrup if needed.
- Transfer to a bowl and add cacao until all the excess oil/syrup is soaked up and mixed in.
- Shape small balls with your hands and coat (sugar, hemp seeds, coconut, etc.).
- *I store these in the refrigerator just to be safe but prefer to eat them at room temperature.
Michaell is the recipe creator and photographer behind the blog, Foodscape. “My challenge? How to take my favorite recipes and re-invent them using whole-food, processed-free, gluten-free and vegan ingredients…and sneaking extra fruits and veggies into every recipe. Too tough? Not for this girl!”