Need I say anything more to get your attention? Of course not. Now that you’re here I’m delighted to share something wonderful with you. A fantastic chocolate truffle recipe…
“But, Catherine, what about all the good work you’ve put in with The Body Rescue Plan? Won’t you be piling on the pounds yet again? I thought you virtually gave up sugar altogether? Hmm?”
Ah, yes… BUT! Big but, in fact – but not mine or yours when you eat these though, teehee – these are vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, yet far from being taste-free!
I’ve always loved getting in the kitchen and spending time creating new recipes, but never more so than now. There are so many healthy recipes around these days. Christiane Wolff really inspired me with her tasty, good-for-you recipes in her book, while I have been looking online and finding some great resources for sugar-free yummies too. I found a simple recipe for choccy truffles and have adapted and experimented with it a little.
The basic truffle recipe is simple. All you need is:
- 1 mug of pure raw cacao (you can use cocoa powder – Bournville works)
- 1 mug of agave nectar or maple syrup (you can use honey; however, it makes crafting the truffles much trickier as they’re stickier. It’s almost impossible to create perfectly shaped truffles but they’ll still taste great!)
- 1/2 mug of coconut oil
You can use these proportions to make bigger or smaller batches so it’s one part coconut oil to two parts agave or maple syrup and two parts cacao or cocoa powder. This makes about 20 or so truffles, depending on how large you make them.
Firstly, melt the coconut oil. This can be done by putting the mug in a warm place such as on a radiator or in a bain marie (if you’re unfamiliar with this it means placing it in a heatproof vessel, such as a mug, glass bowl or jug in a saucepan of simmering water – about an inch of water is fine).
Next, mix the three main ingredients together until smooth and place the mixture in the fridge for at least 5 hours, preferably overnight, to set nice and solid. This is so the mixture is easier to work with once you make the truffles, as the heat of your hands will soon melt them!
Now you will need a spoon; dessert spoon size is good. The mixture will have a similar consistency to ice cold butter. Draw the spoon across the surface several times to create ‘curls’ until you have the desired amount for one truffle. I tend to make mine about the size of a large marble, you can make them any size you like. If you’re limiting your intake, Malteaser-sized balls might be good so you feel as though you’re having more.
Roll and shape the truffle into a ball with your hands. Try to do this quickly as you will get messier the longer your body heat is in contact with your balls, so to speak!!
Tip a little cacao or cocoa powder into a bowl or on a small plate and roll the truffle to coat the outside. I would then transfer these to the freezer to set quickly before heat allows them to lose their shape.
This is the basic recipe. I like to experiment though, so here are some ideas I came up with that you may want to try, too.
Nut butter – my favourite has been to mix around half a mug of peanut butter with the main three ingredients. I prefer to make my own nut butters in my Vitamix as I know there’s no added salt, sugar or oils. Here I have made cashew nut butter. I simply rolled it into a small ball and then moulded the chocolate ‘curls’ around it. Yummy!
Chilli – actually this is probably joint favourite with the nut butter one! All I did was place some chilli flakes on a plate and rolled the truffle in them according to desired strength. I’m well ‘ard so like them fierce and fiery! Do this instead of the cacao powder coating. Looks pretty, too.
Ginger – I finely grated a little ginger and took a pinch about the size of a few grains of rice, and combined it with the curls of choccy. I finished by coating in cocoa.
Cranberry – you could use any dried fruit. All I did was mould the truffles and then pushed a couple of dried cranberries into the surface.
Chopped hazelnut – just roll the undusted truffle into some chopped nuts. You may wish to gently press them in so they don’t drop off.
Coconut flakes – again I just rolled the balls into the coconut flakes to coat the outside of them. Delicious!
There’s no limits, really. If I’d had more time I’d have liked to have tried some with mint, freeze dried strawberry pieces, vanilla, lime, cardamom… so many possibilities and so much fun! Oh, and so much mess – but truly worth it.
Here I have a flexible ice mould with heart shaped wells. My friend Sylvie – who I’m staying with while my new place is undergoing building work – has poured some of the mixture into this to make lovely Valentine’s Day truffles for her boyfriend. How sweet is that? If you’re using moulds it could make it easier to add ingredients or even layer them up! How about filling a third of the mould with the chocolate mix, allow to set and then a third with peanut butter and then the final third with chocolate? I just wish I had enough time to make some to show you! They’d come out like a little sandwich! Cute!
On the subject of my house build, did you see this clip Will Gowing made when he visited recently?
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Anyway, I’d love to know what you think if you try these tasty morsels for yourself. You can always adjust the sweetness with more or less syrup. Obviously there’re good fats and natural sugars in this, so it shouldn’t be eaten to excess but keep them in the freezer and defrost one or two as a little treat now and then or give them as homemade gifts.
So, these truffles are new favourites of mine but another new favourite, which is calorie-free, fat-free and headache-free as a gift is our latest Diamonique ‘Try Me’ set! It’s consists a princess-cut pendant complete with chain, and matching stud earrings, all set in sterling silver and presented beautifully in our distinctive Diamonique packaging.
I’ve been wearing these lots lately as there’s nothing they don’t work with. I’ve had a lot of questions about them so just thought I’d share the love and give you the details.
I hope you all have a magical weekend whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or just enjoying some ‘you’ time. Please let me know what you’re up to. I’d love to hear how you’re doing with the Body Rescue plan and my truffles if you’re trying them, too!
Lots of love,