As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm doing this temporary thing where I'm not eating nuts, sugar, most grains or dairy, alcohol or processed or artificial anything. It's not been a big deal, except...well, it is Easter, and you know what that means....
Even when I was prepping for a figure competition, I still worked chocolate into my nutrition plan. It may have been a Tim Tam Cornetto (sadly, no longer being made. Boo!), a small choc cupcake with a molten ganache centre from the bakery near my office, or just a single serve of good-quality dark chocolate, but you can bet I didn't let a week go by without having a little chocolicious treat.
It's not like I'm desperately craving chocolate or anything; I'm actually doing fine with plenty of beautiful seasonal fruit to satisfy my sweet tooth. The thing is though, a few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at Cheap Superfoods, who asked if I would like some samples of their raw organic cacao powder and organic chia seeds to try. CACAO? Of course, I said "yes".
I actually had no idea if this would work - all the recipes I'd seen for "healthy" or "raw" truffles used nuts or nut butter in large amounts to make up the bulk, add moisture and give the recipe stick-togetherness. I grabbed the cacao and chia, then stood in the pantry pondering. I pulled out coconut oil, vanilla beans (can't use extract or paste - they contain both alcohol and sugar), some spices and shredded coconut. But I needed sweetness and moisture. Hmm..I had a box of medjool dates in the fridge. I didn't want to use too many, because those things are packed full of sugar and consequently, calories. Luckily, just a few should do the job.
So I still needed something to replace the texture and stickiness that nut butter would add. Then I remembered AVOCADO. Would it work? My previous chocolate mousse experiments weren't all that successful...
I chucked everything in the food processor, crossed my fingers, and ended up with these:
|They LOOK like real truffles...|
And you know what? They're good. I mean, REALLY good. Not just because they're so virtuous that just eating one will guarantee you a sainthood... they taste fabulous.
Judge for yourself. The recipe is over here.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I received some free product from Cheap Superfoods for the purposes of testing and reviewing, but was not paid for this post. Opinions expressed here (as always) are my own.