And, of course, they are vegan and quite possibly raw … but then again, the best things usually are.
Chocolate Macademia Truffles Recipe
1 cup of Macademia nuts, salted
8 large soft Dates
1 cup of melted dark, raw Chocolate (or make your own, see below)
2 teaspoons of Coconut oil (organic extra virgin, the kind that smells like coconut)
Mix the macademia nuts in a high speed blender or grinder into a paste. De-pit and add the dates. Mix until you get a paste. Roll the paste into little balls.
Chop the dark chocolate into little pieces and melt your chocolate in some variation of a double boiler. I often just pour hot water into a bowl and place a smaller bowl in the hot water. Then I put the chocolate inside the smaller bowl.
Add some coconut oil to the chocolate, stir around and make sure you have the right consistency. If you make it too runny you will only be able to get a very thin layer of chocolate on your truffles.
Dip and roll your macademia date paste in the melted chocolate and place the balls on non-stick paper.
Refridgerate the truffles.
- Make sure you have the right type of dates. You want the big, soft ones that taste a little like toffee (the ones on to the left in the picture). The taste will depend on the type of dates you use.
- Using salted macademia nuts will serve as a taste enhancer. If your macademia nuts are not salted you may want to add a little bit of salt.
- If you want your truffles to be more gooey you may add some more dates. If the paste becomes too runny, so that you cannot make it into little balls, add some more macademia.
- Make sure you do not get any water into your chocolate.
- Melt the chocolate to the right consistency. You do not want it to be too runny or the chocolate layer will be very thin.
Making Your Own Raw Liquid Chocolate
1 cup Coconut oil
1/2 cup Raw cacao powder
Some sweetener: maple syrup, agave nectar, mesquite powder, lucuma powder, stevia, etc…
Melt the coconut oil and simply mix in the raw cacao powder. Add some sweetener or sweeteners to taste. Different sweeteners will add a slightly different flavor. They also have different nutrients and glycemic indexes.
If you want to make the chocolate more heat proof, exchange some of the coconut oil for melted cacao butter.
An interesting suggestion that I picked up from Ani Phyo is to add a little bit of Maca powder. Chocolate can be a bit heavy on your adrenals. Maca helps balance that. Do not add too much, unless you really enjoy the Maca flavor and want it to come through.
The Chocolate Macademia Truffle Challenge:
See if you can have just one truffle… Let me know in the comments section if you managed.