Are you looking for a delicious & healthy way to wow your loved ones Valentine’s Day? These decadent raw chocolate truffles are exactly what you need.
They are so easy to prepare, require no baking (just a bit of blending), and contain only a few simple natural and plant-based ingredients. No gluten, no dairy and certainly no added preservatives.
It’s a love of first bite. Don’t believe it? Give these guys a try.
I am obsessed with raw chocolate and make it in my kitchen all the time. It is one of the easiest things to whip up when you need some sweetness in your life.
Cacao is particularly high in antioxidant flavonols, especially if consumed raw and unprocessed, helping to lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Cacao is a great natural source of essential minerals like magnesium, calcium and iron.
Cacao, when made into chocolate, also tastes delicious, and can help reduce stress and balance the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine according to the “Journal of the American Dietetic Association.”
The idea for this truffle recipe was inspired by another one of my favorite homemade vegan treats, the Chia Coconut Protein Bites, which too are absolutely incredible.
All you need to make the almond & cacao truffles is a few plant-based ingredients and lots of love, of course. I buy raw cacao powder and cacao nibs from Amazon.com because it is great quality and relatively inexpensive compared to what I have found in the stores.
Have fun with this recipe and leave me a comment to let me know how you like it. I am pretty sure you will fall in love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao nibs
- 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
- 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds soaked in 3 Tbsp water for 5 min (to form jello)
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
- an extra tsp of raw cacao nibs for sprinkling on the truffles
- Blend almonds, 1 Tbsp raw cacao nibs, and dates together, pulsing until a doughy mixture starts to form
- Add soaked chia seeds and pulse in the blender or food processor some more
- Add maple syrup and maca powder, if using, and blend for a minute or so
- Using your hands take about a teaspoon of the sticky dough and form a 2" ball
- Place all of your balls/truffles in a plate and sprinkle raw cacao powder or raw chocolate nibs on top, rolling the balls around so they are well covered.
- Refrigerate the truffles for about one hour or until ready to consume. Refrigerating helps to keep them solid.