1 May 2016

RAW VEGAN SALTED CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES


I am callin these truffles, but loosely. They could also be called nut- and oat-based energy balls coated in chocolate but it's not as catchy or enticing. In my opinion. What you need to know is that they are delicious, quick to make, satisfying and good for ya bod. They're great on their own, on ice cream, as an energy pick-me-up, pre- or post-workout bite, whatever you like. I am going to be eating several today because a) I am in Study Mode for final exams so I cannot be bothered to make anything fancy to fill my tummy, b) I haven't had much of an appetite lately anyways (very strange for me), and c) They're effin YUMMY. 


The centre of these truffles is a sweet, gooey dough made with nuts, oats, coconut oil and maple syrup. You can use dates instead of coco oil and maple syrup if you wanna. Then we cover these dough balls in chocolate and sprinkle them with salt flakes. Leave them in the freezer if you want them more firm, or the fridge if you prefer a softer texture. I made these after seeing a couple different people post their own salted chocolate orbs on Instagram (where else), they just looked so damn sexy, I couldn't get them out of my head so I made my own. To be honest I think mine turned out kinda ugly but hey, looks aren't everything. And of course me being me, I also see them in an opposite light: messy = cute!? 

Relevant to note: I could not sleep very well last night and I just inexplicably woke up at 5am, hours before my normal rise time and couldn't get back to dreaming so now I am here writing this post in bed as cloudy sunlight streams through the window and my brain worries about things I cannot control. Hurray for life. That was relevant to note because my prose is probably the worst right now thanks to my unexpected lack of Z's. Having said that, who REALLY reads this anyways? I imagine most you are just here for the recipes and that's cool. I still love ya. I guess for the kind folks who stick around up here before scrolling down, who are actually reading my every zzz-deprived word, I should apologize. I don't put much thought into my blog posts (besides the recipes and photos). It's a whole lot of stream-of-consciousness style writing which must end up coming off as either adorable or annoying. I vote for adorable but luckily we all have a right to vote for what we want. Okay seriously where am I going with this. I need to stop now. Please enjoy the truffles: if you make them, tag me in any pics you share on social media. I love to see that! XO 


SALTED CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Truffles:
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup brazil nuts
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Chocolate coating:
1/6 cup melted coconut oil
1/6 cup maple syrup
1/6 cup cacao powder

Topping:
Fleur de sel or other salt

To make the truffles: grind the oats and nuts into flour. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the coconut oil and maple syrup until you have a sticky, thick dough that holds its shape. Shape into balls and put in the freezer until solid.

To make the chocolate: stir together the ingredients until smooth. Dip the truffles in the chocolate, the chocolate should harden pretty fast, so dip them another one or two times if you like. Sprinkle on the salt and put the truffles in the fridge or freezer, enjoy whenever you like! Leave them in the freezer if you want them more firm, or the fridge if you prefer a softer texture.

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