Chocolate Orange Truffles

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prep time 15 mins     total time 25 mins (+chilling)

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These chocolate orange truffle balls need no introduction. I have posted them many times on my Instagram however wanted to share them on here with a full breakdown of ingredients, method and nutrients. I often describe these to people as mini terry’s chocolate oranges, but healthy *bonus! They’re rich in flavour, full of healthy fats, are naturally sweetened with no added sugar and taste the absolute BOMB.

 

Ingredients

200g of almonds (or cashews)

150g raisins

½ an orange zest

Juice of ½ orange

3 tbsp. raw cacao powder (high quality)

1 tbsp. coconut oil

Extra 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder for rolling

 

Method

Add the almonds to your blender or food processor and blitz them for around 30 seconds.

Add the raisins and blitz the two ingredients together for another 30 seconds – this should start to combine very loosely.

Add the raw cacao, coconut oil, orange zest and juice to the mix and blitz until the mixture has become somewhat of a dough like form.

*Here I like to test to mix to ensure the flavour is right – you want to be able to taste the orange so if you feel you need more, add a further 1 tbsp. of zest and juice.

Scoop (I like to use an old protein scooper I have to ensure they are all the same size) roll well in your hands in a circular motion to form a ball – this should feel compact and not likely to crumble.

On a chopping board/plate, add the remaining 3 tbsp. of raw cacao powder spread into a thin layer. Once the balls are formed roll them around in the powder creating a light coating of the balls.

 

They can be served immediately if you are impatient and love chocolate as much as me, but I recommend placing them in the fridge for around 2 hours before serving to allow them to cool and form a richer taste. If you keep them in the fridge they will last around 1-2 weeks (however they’re so tasty I doubt that will be the case).

BENEFITS

Almonds deliver a massive amount of nutrients to the body; they are loaded with antioxidants, high in vitamin E, assist with blog sugar control and can also benefits blood pressure levels due to their magnesium content.

Raw Cacao is rich in polyphenols which provides the body with several health benefits including improving blood flow to your brain and brain function. Including raw cacao in your diet can reduce blood pressure by improving nitric oxide levels, along with reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke. And just when it doesn’t sound like it could get any better – it can improve your mood and may relive symptoms of depression.

Raisins are packed with energy and rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Raisins are naturally sweet and high in sugar and calories, but they're beneficial to our health when eaten in moderation. In fact, raisins can aid digestion, boost iron levels, and keep your bones strong.

Coconut Oil can boost your energy and good cholesterol, aid your metabolism and is a great source of healthy fat – it also adds a subtle flavour for any coconut lovers.

Orange is high in vitamin C, contribute to a healthy immune system, can prevent skin damage and keeps your blood pressure under check.  

Happy snacking!

Lydia May Jeffery