Friday, March 29, 2013

Super-healthy super-food truffles

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....

CHOCOLATE

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".

Super!

The goodies arrived very quickly and I've had these packets sitting in my pantry for a couple of weeks now. I was struggling to think of what to do with them while I was following this strict nutrition plan, but today, whilst flicking through a foodie magazine, inspiration struck. Truffles! Perfect for a small treat for Easter without cheating on my commitment to another four days of The Plan.

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.


Photobucket

6 comments:

Liz N said...

Wow, avocado - who would have thought? But the texture totally makes sense. Impressed!

Kek said...

Go get that Thermomix working, Liz! These are super-dooper. The chia seeds give them little "pops" of crunchiness, but the overall texture is smooth and creamy and there's an intense dark choc flavour.

Even Bike Boy thought they were good.

Debbish said...

So... my problem is that I'm too lazy to buy lots of ingredients or non-mainstream ingredient.... (Yes, I am slack!)

Kek said...

What you taking about, Deb? Doesn't everyone have this stuff in their pantry?

Or am I just a bit odd...? - Don't answer that.

Sara said...

Nom, nom, nom. ;D Pls send. Study brain req. XX

Kek said...

I'd squish them down the phone line if I could, luv....

Post a Comment

Join the conversation...leave a comment.