Raw cacao truffles

Raw food balls are all the rage at the moment - and i can understand why. Such a basic task really - choose your super-foods, something tasty and then blend, roll and set. They are so very simple to make, and so delicious it's hard to believe they they are good for you! I've been making them quite a bit this year, and although there are recipes for them everywhere - perhaps somebody hasn't heard of the delights we call raw food balls, and perhaps that somebody will stumble upon my blog and learn about them for the first time.

These specific ones are made from a few simple ingredients. You must remember to soak your almonds overnight!

* Raw Cacao: Lets face it, everybody loves chocolate! Although not many people realize that cocoa is basically raw cacao with all of its nutrients stripped away. Raw cacao is the original source, extremely high in antioxidants (easily available for human metabolism), a primary dietary source of magnesium (the most deficient mineral in western civilization), and natural anti-depressant. Containing serotonin, dopamine, anandamide, phenylethylamine which are all extreme natural mood lifters. Buy some raw cacao powder and read more about the science behind the bean at Loving Earth

Ingredients:

  • 10 dates - pitted & soaked for 10 mins (soaking is super important)
  • 1 cup almonds - soaked ovenight
  • 1 1/2 TBS cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil - melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut - extra for dusting
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup (If needed for binding/taste)

Process your ingredients starting with the almonds, then dates, coconut oil and coconut. When  nice and dough-y (you can add a little water if its too dry or almonds if its too wet) remove & place in the freezer for 10 mins. When its cooled off in the freezer, roll into small balls (about the size of a 20cent piece) then roll in the extra coconut. Now they are ready to be eaten! If you don't eat them all in one sitting - store them in the freezer, in an airtight container.

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