By Leslie Hanft, Certified Holistic Health Coach
Chocolate Truffles {Vegan & Gluten Free}

Chocolate Truffles {Vegan & Gluten Free}

Halloween has become a huge celebration in my family.  We begin preparing in early October with the search for the perfect pumpkin and decorate our apartment weeks in advance with all of the spooky decorations we have accumulated over recent years.  Growing-up where Halloween was celebrated with just a few hours of trick-or-treating, I am frequently taken back by all of the festivities.  There are parties to host and attend and by the time the big day rolls around my son’s costume is practically worn out.

Amidst all of this fun, unfortunately consuming large amounts of candy is still a big part of the Halloween celebration.  And this can be problematic for a mom who is trying to emphasize whole, nutritious food and cut back on sugar.  Not to mention that most store bought candy is loaded with truly scary ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, petrochemicals, GMOs, and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

In addition to searching out healthier options I can buy in the store (my son is partial to organic milk chocolate bars), I like to make these chocolate truffles at home.  They are rich and delicious and the absolute best part is that there is not one scary ingredient.  In fact, all of the ingredients have health benefits!

Just a few of the highlights include coconut manna, which is pure coconut flesh, and contains protein, fiber and healthy fats.  The coconut manna in these truffles makes them very filling and you will find your chocolate craving satisfied after eating just one or two.  But to really make these truffles a healthy treat I also add chia powder.  Chia is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber, while also containing calcium, iron and protein.  Finally, there are lots of health benefits to raw cacao powder including magnesium, antioxidants and fiber.  So the bottom line is that you can enjoy these chocolates, guilt-free, during the Halloween season or anytime.  Now that’s a real treat!  Enjoy!

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Chocolate Truffles {Vegan & Gluten Free}
 
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup coconut manna (I like Nutiva brand)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup raw cacao powder
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ⅛ cup chia powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon of sea salt
  • shredded coconut, chopped almonds and/or cacao powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the jar of coconut manna (with the cover removed) in a pot with water and heat on the stove until the manna becomes soft (coconut manna is hard at room temperature).
  2. Mix the coconut manna, coconut oil and cacao powder together until well blended.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together until smooth.
  4. Place small spoonfuls onto a plate covered with parchment paper and shape into balls.
  5. Optional - roll the balls in shredded coconut, chopped almonds or cacao powder (or whatever you like!)
  6. Place in the freezer until hard, about 30 minutes, and serve.
  7. Store in the freezer. These will stay fresh for a few weeks if they last that long.
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

14 Responses to Chocolate Truffles {Vegan & Gluten Free}

  1. Oh Yum. These sound amazing. I can’t wait to make X

  2. Alyssa Renee says:

    These look AMAZING!! will be trying these out at some point. thanks for sharing! :)

  3. I have never liked to cook… but it’s recipes like this that make me want to get out that apron and pretend my name is Betty!

    • Leslie Leslie says:

      Awesome! I hope you do, it will be well worth the effort. And there isn’t much cooking involved. Just a little mixing and some time in the freezer. Enjoy!

  4. Tammi says:

    What a tasty looking recipe! I can’t wait to try it!!

  5. Lori says:

    Oooh looks delicious. I will definitely try making these. Haven’t heard of Chia “powder”. Can I make it from Chia Seeds? or do I need to buy some? Either way, I see chocolate truffles in our future. Thanks Leslie!

    • Leslie Leslie says:

      Thanks! They are delicious. I use Navitas Naturals sprouted chia powder which you can find at Whole Foods and most other health food stores. I like it because it uses sprouted chia seeds which increases the nutrient and antioxidant levels in the chia. I don’t recommend using chia seeds in the recipe because it will affect the texture of the truffle. I suppose you could make chia powder by grinding up chia seeds but it won’t be sprouted (but still very healthy). I hope this is helpful. Let me know what you decide to do and how they come out. Enjoy!

  6. Cathy says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. It sounds rather good. Halloween has definitely become a busy time of year. Fun for the whole family :)

    • Leslie Leslie says:

      Thanks Cathy – it is rather good. I hope you try it out, it is a real treat for anyone who enjoys chocolate. Halloween is so much fun – we are looking forward to Thursday. Hope you have a good one

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