Dark Chocolate and Nut Truffles

Dark Chocolate and Nut Truffles

Share your love this Valentine's Day by making a batch of these decadent, delicious truffles. Or treat yo'self. They are low in sugar (just five grams each!) and have nearly five grams of protein. 


Dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and a few other minerals. It also contains high amounts of heart healthy antioxidants. Consume in moderation however, as chocolate does contain added sugar. 1-2 oz a day is a good target. Finally, always buy 70% or higher (the darker the better) for greater nutrient and antioxidant content.

Sources: Science DirectMichael Murray MDJournal of Advanced Drug Delivery

Chocolate Nut Truffles

Makes 12 truffles

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes

Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and no processed sugar

Ingredients:

1-½ cups hazelnuts or almonds
1 T maple syrup
1-½ T melted coconut oil
6 oz vegan dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao)
½ t sea salt

Extra-coarse or flake sea salt for garnish
Chopped nuts or cacao nibs for garnish

Method:

1. Lightly toast the nuts in 325°F oven for 8 minutes and cool.
2. In a food processor blend the nuts until finely ground.
3. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend for about 1 minute (if using hazelnuts) and 3-4 minutes (if using almonds) until thoroughly combined and mixture is sticky.
4. Scoop about 1-½ tablespoons of mixture and compress in your palms to form into balls.
5. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Chocolate Nut Truffle Balls


6. While the truffles are chilling, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a bowl over hot water.
7. Line a tray or plate with parchment paper.
8. Spoon melted chocolate over the chilled truffles covering completely. Let excess drip off and place on parchment paper. Be sure to leave space between truffles so they don’t stick together!
9. Garnish the truffles with a pinch of chopped nuts or cocoa nibs and finishing salt.
10. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes until chocolate hardens. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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