Are you a chocoholic? I am.....I loooooove salted dark chocolate, gluten free brownies and buttery chocolate chip cookies. I recently decided it's time I began eating less refined sugar, for the good of my gut microbiome. This is because sugar feeds and multiplies harmful microbes in the gut, and a gut microbiome full of friendly bacteria is what we want, because it's vital to so many aspects of mental and physical health.
I know I'll still crave a chocolatey treat and the inspiration for these truffles came to this week. They are chocolatey but not too sweet, with hints of berry and spice provided by cinnamon and blackstrap molasses. The cacao nibs add delightful crunch and the coconut oil offers satiating, cell-nourishing fat. These truffles will keep in your handbag or desk drawer for two or three days and in the fridge for a week.
Makes about 10 truffles, prep time 10 mins
GF, DF, refined sugar free
3/4 cup of ground almond meal/almond flour
1/3 cup of cacao nibs
Generous handful of dried cranberries
3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons of cocoa
2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses
Teaspoon of cinnamon
Desiccated coconut for rolling (can also be used to dry out the mixture if it's too wet)
-Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix until sufficiently combined.
-Grab a clean dinner plate and sprinkle this with the desiccated coconut.
-Shape the mixture into truffles using your hands, then roll each truffle in the coconut.
-Once all the mix has been used, cover the truffles and place them in the fridge - but not before grabbing a couple to enjoy with a cup of caffeine-free chai or rooibos tea.
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