Paleo Chocolate n’ Espresso Truffles. Chewy-chocolaty perfection…great for accompanying the up-and-coming holiday spirit!
I know you may think it’s a little early for Christmas…but you know what? Apparently it’s not…it’s everywhere I go! Department stores in the mall are selling Christmas ornaments and decor; Costco has massive nativity sets for sale; downtown shops are slowly decorating their windows all Christmas-like…it honestly is super contagious and I love it! I’m ready for the holidays.
Christmas is all about family gatherings, holiday cheer, cherishing moments, celebrating Jesus’ birth, and goooooooood food! If you are 100% Paleo, there is no need to despair. The holidays can be very much enjoyed (food-wise). I’ll be posting yummy Paleo dishes to give you ideas of food you make want to prepare for your loved ones during Christmas gatherings.
If you want to see a specific dish/recipe, please let me know through post comments or through my forum!
Tools You’ll Need:
- Food processor
- Wooden spoon
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Holiday/festive toothpicks
- Small bowl and plate
- 2 cups of sunflower seeds
- 14 medjool dates (pitted)
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened dark chocolate powder
- 2 tablespoons RAW honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 85%+ cacao chocolate bar (melted)
- ½ cup unsweetened dark chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- Line your baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
- We’ll start by roasting our sunflower seeds
- Place skillet under medium heat and add coconut oil; once coconut oil melts, add in sunflower seeds.
- Using your wooden spoon, slowly and consistently stir sunflower seeds so they all get a chance to roast and get a perfect golden color (you can keep it at medium heat or reduce it to medium-low, just be sure your sunflower seeds don’t burn!).
- Once seeds are golden, turn burner off and let seeds cool.
- Now, we’ll continue with our truffle mixture: Plug in your food processor and add in your roasted sunflower seeds. Process until sunflowers convert into a flour/meal like texture.
- Add in dates to sunflower seed flour/meal, and process until both ingredients have mixed well.
- Add instant coffee, vanilla extract, honey, sea salt, cinnamon and chocolate powder to the mix; process until you create a paste-like mixture (see picture below).
- Place chocolate bar in a small bowl (see picture below) and melt it in the microwave. My chocolate bar took about 2-3 minutes to melt.
- Place chocolate chips on small plate (see picture below) and have it ready for your “truffle-making process-line” (see picture below).
- Grab a handful of your truffle mixture and create a small truffle-looking ball.
- Dip your truffle in melted chocolate (make sure its covered completely).
- Grab a toothpick, pick chocolate covered truffle with it and dip it in chocolate chips (chocolate chips should stick to truffle’s bottom).
- Place truffle in parchment paper; be sure to position it in a way that truffle doesn’t tilt to its sides (what I did to avoid tilting of truffle: placed chocolate chips around truffle to create a little wall, so that truffle stays put and protected).
- Repeat steps 8-11 until truffle mixture is gone.
- Place baking sheet in your refrigerator and let truffles cool for about 2-3 hours before eating.
* Slightly modified from PaleOMG.com
*I made these for a dinner party and prepared them 2 days in advance; they were perfectly fresh and plenty cold/hardened!
* Recipe makes 16 truffles
* Nutritional Information (per truffle): 229 calories; 14g fat; 25g carbohydrates; 5g protein.
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