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Cacao & Raspberry Truffles with Raspberry Dust

cacao dairy free egg free gluten free refined sugar free treat truffle

I've been dreaming of a rich and indulgent truffle for weeks. Something to do with Valentine's Day being just around the corner perhaps, although Ben and I don't tend to do anything special on the day - after all, everyday is Valentine's Day in our home - *inserts sarcastic face* - more like a game of paper, scissors, rock to see who gets the next sleep in!
These truffles are dark and divine. Free of gluten, refined sugar, dairy and egg they are insanely good for you with the addition of superfood after superfood!
I've deliberately used a little more coconut oil than I normally would in a bliss ball or truffle so they set with a lovely, firm bite - straight from the fridge they are perfection, smothered in freeze dried raspberry dust which has a wonderful sharpness and packed with crunchy and buttery cacao nibs.  Although with the addition of cacao which is a natural stimulant, I wouldn't suggest having too many for dessert or dishing them out for little people. Hide them in the back of the fridge for a guilt free morning pick me up.


Ingredients:  

3/4 cup brazil nuts
3/4 cup fine desiccated coconut - unsweetened 
2 tbsp cacao powder 
2 tbsp agave 
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil 
2 heaped tbsp cacao nibs 
40g whole freeze dried raspberries - 3/4 for recipe, 1/4 for garnish

Method

Place whole brazil nuts into blender and pulse until fine, like a nut meal.  
Add desiccated coconut, cacao powder, agave and coconut oil, blend until well combined.  
Place 3/4 of the freeze dried raspberries in a bowl and slightly crush with your hands.
Add cacao nibs and blended mixture to bowl and mix well to combine.  
In a clean and very dry blender add the remaining freeze dried raspberries and blend until dust like.  
Transfer dust into a very small bowl.
With your hands, roll the truffle mixture into small balls and then gently dip half into the raspberry dust.  
Place on a plate, raspberry side up and pop into the fridge to set for 20 minutes.
These are lovely served at room temperature or straight from the fridge.  

Makes approx. 15 small truffles 

Freeze dried raspberries are made by Fresh-As and are available online, here.
Cacao powder and cacao nibs I purchase from Matakana Superfoods online, here.






Enjoy. x Zoe


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