Raw cacao is widely recognized as a top dietary source of antioxidants. It also contains an abundance of iron — important for maintaining healthy red blood cells — and magnesium — which aids your body hundreds of ways.
To preserve nutrients, raw cacao powder is cold-pressed and milled at low temperatures. This is similar to cooking fruits and veggies: As you heat them, vital nutrients slip away. This is also true with caffeine potency in coffee: The darker the roast, the less caffeine.
Cacao powder is a healthy alternative to conventional, processed cocoa powders often used for brownie, cake, hot chocolate and smoothie recipes… oh, and truffles too! These raw cacao truffles are vegan, gluten-free and nut-free (unless you decide to do a nut coating). Make them for your next dinner party and watch guests swoon.
Raw Cacao Truffles
Servings: 15 truffles
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw local honey
2 drops of peppermint extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut
- Add all of the ingredients — except the coating — to a food processor and blend.
- Place the truffle batter in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to harden for rolling. While you wait, prepare the cacao powder and coconut coatings. Spread two tablespoons of each on a flat service.
- Roll the truffles into balls (diameter similar to a quarter). Finally, roll each truffle into one of the coatings.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer.