I still can’t get over the excitement and enthusiasm that I have for raw chocolate! Not only is it not bad for you, but it’s good for you. Very, very good, as in, NUTRITIOUS! Search my other articles on the subject, but in a nut shell, It contains many essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, maganese, flavanoids with massive antioxidant properties, B vitamins and vitamin E, protein, and fibre.
Obviously there can still be too much of a good thing, and it is most beneficial to have a varied and balanced diet in order to get your nutrients from a wide range of different foods, but raw chocolate’s benefits does allow some guilt free gorging and it has made kicking the sugar habit so easy!
I love chocolate orange so I went a bit heavy handed with the orange oil, these turned out more orange-chocolate than chocolate-orange but I like it that way! I have used a smaller amount for a more balanced and subtle orange flavour in the recipe, but it will vary depending on the strength and brand of your orange oil and essence so be careful and add gradually, drop by drop, if you like.
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 15g raw cacao butter, grated
- 1/4 cup raw almond butter (no oil, sugar or salt added)
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 3 tbsp raw agave nectar or another liquid sweetener such as date syrup if you prefer
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 5 drops orange oil
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. (Rub any left over shreds of cacao butter in to your hands for a gorgeous moisturiser!)
Scrape a spoon into the mixture, smearing it against the sides of the bowl to melt the cacao butter.
Allow the mixture to chill in the fridge for about an hour (half an hour is probably okay if you really can’t wait).
Then roll in to small balls with slightly damp hands.
For added decoration and flavour, you can roll the truffles in ground almonds or cacao powder afterwards. I dabbed some ground almond on to these. Try adding in mint or rose essence/oil for a different flavour.
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