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Raw Minty Chocolate Truffles

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A few years ago my husband and I dabbled in the art of making chocolates.  We took a three-month chocolatier course that basically just gave us a taste of what a true art form making chocolates is all about.  Even though we were eating a high raw diet at the time (and now) we wanted to understand everything there was to know about chocolate.  Having a bit of that knowledge helped me feel a bit more comfortable in my kitchen yesterday.  But I will say that there are some major differences when it comes to dealing with raw chocolates.  With raw, you don’t dabble with the whole tempering process so coming up with a hardening chocolate that retains a bit of a shine is a challenge.  I tried three different recipes until I finally found this one which can be found in the dessert book from Cafe Gratitude.  The other two recipes that I tried didn’t meet the criteria that I was searching for but they didn’t go to waste.  I popped them in the freezer and will use them later in cookie and cake recipes, where the texture won’t be noticed.  I created the recipe for the minty filling in these truffles, which I must say came out pretty darn good.  I can’t wait to keep playing with this base recipe and see what other truffles pop up!  With Valentine’s just around the corner these would make wonderful gifts that can be individualized to your sweethearts liking!

Ingredients for the minty center:

  • 3 cups coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 3 Tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut butter
  • 1 Tbsp raw cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1/2 an avocado, ripe
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 3 tsp mint extract

Preparation:

  1. Mix the above ingredients in your high-speed blender until nice and creamy.
  2. Taste test to see if the sweetness and mintiness is strong enough for you.
  3. Place mixture in a bowl.
  4. Using a small scooper (about 1 1/2 tsp) make small round balls and place a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Chill while you make the chocolate.

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Ingredients for the chocolate coating:

  • 1 cup raw cacao butter
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup sweetener; agave, yacon, maple syrup (not raw)
  • 1 teaspoon soy lecithin (helps with smoothness, optional)
  • seeds from one vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla liquid

Preparation:

Ensure all utensils and the bowl are dry before the ingredients are added as water can cause the mix to separate.

  1. Melt the cacao butter.  There are several ways in doing this.  You can make small shavings of it into a bowl with a vegetable  peeler and place it in the dehydrator at 115F, you can use a double boiler at a low temperature, or you can set the bowl of cacao butter in a bowl of hot water.
  2. Place all ingredients in your high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into molds that you are using immediately.  The chocolate will firm up fairly quickly as the cacao butter returns to room temperature.
  4. If you have any left overs it’s best to store in the fridge for freshness.

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Assembly:

Prepare Your Workstation

It is best to have everything ready before you begin dipping.  Place your bowl of chocolate at your clean workstation and set out your dipping tools or dinner forks.  Cover a baking sheet with a clean piece of parchment paper for placing the finished candies on.  Keep your truffles or soft fillings in the refrigerator until right before you are ready to use them.

Dip the Centers in the Prepared Chocolate

Slide the edge of your fork or dipping tool under the truffle or candy center, and lift it up gently. Drop the truffle into the melted chocolate and push it just under the surface of the chocolate.  Lift it out of the chocolate with the fork, and tap the fork several times against the side of the bowl.   Slide the bottom of the fork over the lip of the bowl to remove excess chocolate from the bottom of the candy.  Place the fork over the prepared baking sheet, and tilt the fork so the edge of the truffle touches the sheet. Smoothly slide the fork out from under the truffle. If you are adding decorations or garnishes to your candies, do it now, when the chocolate is still wet.  Repeat the process with the remaining centers and chocolate.

Trim and Store the Candies

Once the chocolate has set, you might notice a small pool of chocolate forming “feet” at the bottom of your truffles. If desired, you can trim them with a small sharp paring knife.   Wear gloves to avoid getting fingerprints on your candies, and place them on a flat surface.  Grip the candy in one hand, and use the paring knife to press down on the excess chocolate and cut it off in short clean strokes.  Trimming the candies is purely an aesthetic decision, and you can certainly skip this step if desired.  Store the candies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Resources in locating raw cacao butter…

Whole Foods Grocery (usually carries it)

Nuts On Line

Amazon (has many sources)

The Raw Food World

Sunfood

Z Natural Foods

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7 thoughts on “Raw Minty Chocolate Truffles

  1. Mary says:

    Hi, It’s very hard to get hold of cocoa butter in my country. When you can it’s very expensive. $24 for an 8oz jar. Is there a substitute?
    Thank you,
    Mary

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Mary,

      Not that I am aware of… as far as raw chocolate goes. The raw cacao (chocolate) butter is the hardening agent, key ingredients to making a hardening chocolate in this recipe… not to mention the chocolate flavor. amie sue

      • Mary says:

        Thanks Amie-Sue. It’s getting better here but is still really hard to get some things. We’re a small country so I guess that’s a minus in some situations. I love your site and all your amazing recipes! Great job :)

        • amie-sue says:

          Good morning Mary,

          I understand that it can be hard to get certain ingredients. I live in the states and there have been times that I can’t even get these products locally and have to order them. Times are slowly changing and things will become more readily available in time, I just I just have to be patient. :) Have a wonderful day, amie sue

  2. Diana says:

    Dear Amie-Sue, thank you for your great recipes and tips you are giving to us. I would like to prepare this truffles but I can not get the mint extract. Could I use fresh mint? How much would you suggest?
    Have a great day,
    Diana

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Diana,

      Your welcome :) You can use fresh mint instead. 1 tablespoon = 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped …. so I would start with maybe 2 Tbsp worth and go from there. It will depend on how strong you like the flavor. Have a wonderful evening. amie sue

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