Easy, Healthy Raw Chocolate Peanut-butter Candy Recipe That Can Help You Lose Weight!

raw chocolate peanut butter candy recipe

Typically, the words “candy” and “weight loss” would not be included in the same sentence unless the words “eat less” or “don’t eat” are also in it. However, when candy is made with the right raw ingredients, it cannot only be nutritious, but truly aid you on your weigh-loss journey.

Before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients in this super-easy raw chocolate candy recipe and see what makes the candies healthy (even though they don’t taste like it!) and can even help you lose weight when you include it in your diet:

Coconut oil. You may have heard that coconut oil was healthy, but took a look at the label and found it contains just as many calories and as much fat as any other oil. The truth is that it does, but the type of fat it contains is unique and should not be confused with unhealthy types of fats, such as trans-fats.

This healthy oil contains fats that are considered medium-chain triglycerides unlike other types of saturated fat that are called long-chain triglycerides. Do you notice a burst of energy after eating coconut or coconut oil? That is because this type of fat is able to travel right to your liver after eating it, where it immediately turns into energy instead of being stored on your belly or hips.

When you eat candy made from coconut oil, it is actually great to eat it mid-day or even after breakfast (gasp!), since eating it late at night before trying to sleep can lead to insomnia from all of the energy it gives you!

One healthy fat in coconut oil is called lauric acid, and along with a variety of other health benefits, it is also a potent, natural appetite suppressant.

Raw Cocoa Powder. Raw cocoa powder itself has very, very few calories. The reason chocolate gets a bad rap is due to the unhealthy forms of fats, sugars, emulsifiers, and preservatives in “junk food” candy bars you see lining your supermarket shelves.

Raw cocoa power has a huge array of nutritional benefits and is packed with antioxidants, so eat as much as you want, as long as you don’t mix it with unhealthy additives.

Nut Butter. You can make the candy recipe with any type of raw nut butter you like. Raw nuts are very healthy, and contain healthy fats, protein, and fewer calories than roasted nuts. There have also been studies showing that eating nut butters keep you satisfied for a long period of time, which can help keep you from snacking on unhealthy foods later in the day.

Easy, 5-Minute Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Recipe

  • One-quarter cup Coconut oil
  • 2 T. Raw Cocoa Powder
  • Raw nut butter of your choice
  • Stevia or any natural sweetener of your choice to taste

Mix coconut oil (at room temperature, so it is liquid) with cocoa powder. Add desired sweetener and mix. Pour half of this mixture into a few sections of an ice cube tray. Freeze for 20 minutes, then top each portion of coconut oil/cocoa mixture with a little nut butter. Then, top with the rest of the chocolate mixture, and freeze again until firm (about an hour should do it).

When completely frozen, you can take the candies out and place them in a freezer bag, but be sure to store them in the freezer until you eat them. Pop one out when you need a healthy, delicious treat that will give you a boost of energy and help tide you over well until your next meal!

Can Eating Chocolate Make You Smarter? 2 Healthy Sources of Chocolate to Boost Your Brain Power

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As a food with such a bad reputation for being unhealthful just a couple of decades ago, new studies keep revealing new health benefits of eating chocolate. Along with past studies that linked eating chocolate to improved mood, heart health, and reduced risk of stroke, a new study shows reveals that it may help improve your brain function.

The study analyzed almost 1000 people over a 30-year period and found that those who ate chocolate at least once-a-week were in better cognitive health than those who didn’t consume chocolate or ate it only on rare occasions.

Of course, the health benefits of chocolate can be counteracted when you eat processed chocolate bars that are filled with high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and emulsifiers. However, here are two sources of chocolate so healthy that you can even include them in your diet every day.

1. Raw Cacao Nibs

Raw cacao nibs are readily available at many health-food shops, and they offer an experience as close to eating a real, unprocessed cocoa bean as possible. These nibs are simply cocoa beans cut into small pieces and packaged. The easiest way to include them in your daily diet is to simply munch on them, just as you would any other snack.

Other ideas include adding the nibs to trail mix, adding them to cookie recipes instead of processed chocolate chips, or adding a few to your daily smoothie to give it a healthy flavor kick.

Or, you can mix equal amounts of cacao nibs and healthy nut butter, then roll the mixture into small balls, and roll again in small dish of nibs. Healthy chocolate-nut butter candy! Yum!

2. Brewing Chocolate

Brewing chocolate is perfect when you want a healthy chocolate beverage with almost zero calories. It is sold in bags, similar to how coffee is sold, but inside the bag you will find ground cocoa beans instead of coffee. While you can brew the chocolate in a drip coffee maker when in a hurry, it is better to heat a cup of hot water on the stove, add a few tablespoons of brewing chocolate (play around to find your perfect strength), allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes, then strain it. This longer steeping time unleashes more of the antioxidants and flavor of the ground cocoa beans than a drip coffee brewer can.

You can then drink the final beverage “black,” or with a little organic milk of your choice added along with a little stevia. If you are a coffee drinker, you can mix the brewed chocolate beverage into your daily cup of coffee to make it even healthier.

Once you brew your ground beans, don’t throw them out! Place them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and you can then add them to your next smoothie, bowl of rice pudding, or even your oatmeal.

Chocolate is healthy, but only when you choose the right type of chocolate to add to your daily diet. Try one or both of these healthy sources of chocolate to reap the health benefits without the added fat, preservatives, and emulsifiers in processed chocolate bars.

Raw cacao powder hot chocolate recipe is healthy and soothing

Lots of people have been asking me about how they can incorporate raw cacao powder (buy raw cacao from this Amazon affiliate link) in more of their recipes. After all, it’s a superfood that well, tastes super.

So it hit me . . . how about hot chocolate?! It’s perfect for those cold weather days and even for people living in a year-round mild climate (lucky you), it’s good too. Who says hot chocolate has to be enjoyed only when it’s snowy or cold? Hot chocolate made with raw cacao powder is a healthy treat to have whenever the mood strikes, which in my opinion, should be all the time!

Here’s a recipe well worth trying, which I came across on Rawmazing.com:

Ingredients for healthy hot chocolate recipe

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1-3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp of agave nectar or agave syrup (or sweetener of your choice)

Blend, warm to no higher than 116 degrees, sprinkle with organic cinnamon (optional).

Note: you may opt to make your own almond milk by soaking raw almonds in filtered water for several hours. More details about how to make almond milk are also on Rawmazing.com in the same recipe.

Next step? Sip and enjoy!

Why raw cacao powder makes a healthy hot chocolate

This warm and comforting raw cacao hot chocolate is not only tasty, but it’s filled with beneficial nutrients. It’s nothing like the chocolates found in many candy aisles, which are so processed that the end result does more harm than good. In those chocolates, key nutrients are typically altered or stripped altogether, and other ingredients are added that only worsen the end result. Like all processed foods, they simply are not healthy to ingest.

Pure, whole, raw . . . that’s the way to go. Raw cacao powder doesn’t undergo additional processing, so people get to enjoy the benefits of having something that’s as close to the cacao bean as possible.

Raw cacao powder has long been considered a healthy chocolate and it’s easy to understand why. It’s rich in polyphenol flavonoids and is known to help reduce the risk of certain cancers like colon, improve mood, boost cognitive function and keep circulation moving properly so clots are kept at bay.

Topping with cinnamon adds to this healthy chocolate recipe; studies have shown its role in warding off Alzheimer’s disease, lowering cholesterol and helping women achieve menstrual cycle regularity.

This raw cacao powder hot chocolate recipe is easy to make and a very healthy choice. So go ahead and enjoy a cozy cup of healthy chocolate today!

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Raw vegan chocolate cake recipe

People are often asking me how to make a raw vegan chocolate cake. They want a recipe that’s easy to make, healthy and of course, delicious. Well, look no further. We uncovered just such a recipe on TheRawtarian.com and it’s everything people have been asking me about, filled with nothing but nutrition and great taste.

How to make a raw vegan chocolate cake

Ingredients: (all raw, organic)

  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups dates
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. First, blend nuts in a food processor, until all you see are very small pieces of nuts.
  2. Next, add the other ingredients to the food processor one at a time and blend.
  3. Continue processing until the mixture looks like a big ball of dough, without any big chunks of ingredients. Flecks of nuts are OK.
  4. Then, shape the cake however you’d like and decorate accordingly! Be creative: maybe consider topping it with fresh fruit slices or think of another healthy idea for an icing.
  5. Finally, refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the cake to firm up.

Dig in!

Everyone tells me how much they enjoy making this raw vegan chocolate cake. It’s hassle-free and tastes great!

Health benefits of this raw vegan chocolate cake recipe

Raw cacao powder boasts a delicious, rich chocolate taste (free raw chocolate video recipes) but the goodness doesn’t stop there. It’s not heavily processed from the cacao bean, so it’s not stripped of flavonoids and nutrients as many common candy aisle chocolates are. It boosts brain function and is known to improve overall mood.

Walnuts have been said to have the highest level of quality antioxidants of any nut species. Plus, they’re high in vitamin E and rich in healthy fats. For these reasons, they play a role in keeping certain cancers at bay, regulating cholesterol levels and helping to prevent heart disease.

Dates are not only sweet, but they are thought to help prevent abdominal cancer. Dates are also known to help keep hunger pangs at bay, maintain a healthy digestive tract and boost eye health.

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Recipe/image source: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-cake-recipe/

How to make raw chocolate avocado pudding

You may have heard about healthy chocolate “pudding” recipes in the past, but be honest . . . have you tried making one yet? A lot of people have been asking me about it, questioning everything from its texture and taste to whether or not it’s “really” good for us.

Others have mentioned that they weren’t quite sure where to start. I can understand the hesitancy. So, I went on mission to give you the answer! And trust me when I say that making a raw chocolate avocado pudding is easy to make, has a creamy pudding texture and is filled with incredible health benefits.

We’ve got a recipe that’ll have you wondering why you didn’t try it sooner.

The raw cacao avocado pudding recipe

Ready to get in on healthy tastiness?

Here’s all you need, based on a recipe I found on Edibleharmony.com:

  • 3/4 cup of mashed avocado (healthy fats)
  • 6 dates
  • Raw honey to taste (a couple of tablespoons should be fine)
  • 3 Tbsp of raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of healthy salt
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp of coconut oil (optional)

Note: if you plan on using the pudding as a frosting or prefer thicker pudding in general, you’ll definitely want to add coconut oil. I know I tend to gravitate towards thicker consistencies, so I’ll definitely be adding more than less coconut oil.

Next step? Mix these ingredients in a food processor or blender and enjoy!

Why a raw cacao avocado pudding is good for us

Seems hard to believe that “pudding” and “good for us” can exist in the same sentence, doesn’t it? Here’s why this one’s outstanding for your health:

Avocadoes are filled with healthy, monounsaturated fats that have been said to aid in brain health, blood pressure and even weight management. It’s so good for our bodies that it’s considered a perfect superfood. Its creaminess is responsible for this pudding’s smooth texture.

Raw cacao powder is a healthy chocolate (free video training). It’s everything that a candy aisle chocolate is not because it’s not heavily processed and is as close to natural as possible (from the cacao bean).

Because its nutrition value is not compromised, you’re getting benefits like flavonoids that have been shown to help with certain cancers, boost brain health and even our mood.

Coconut oil is also extremely healthy too, so mixing it in this pudding only adds to the overall healthy factor. It’s a healthy fat that contributes to smoother skin, better heart health, lowered cholesterol levels and even kidney pain and virus relief.

I really enjoyed this pudding. It’s not one of those recipes that promise to taste good but under delivers. It’s good . . . and good for you!

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Recipe/image source: http://www.edibleharmony.com/raw-cacao-avocado-pudding/

Delicious sugar-free raw chocolate mousse is ideal for diabetics

It’s no secret that diabetics must be careful of the foods they ingest, staying mindful of what they eat, when they eat it and of course, monitor portions. This varies of course, depending on the individual and type of diabetes they have. Still, keeping track of dietary and lifestyle habits help keep it in check (which basically is a common sense approach for everyone, right?).

While most diabetics have a strong handle on their insulin levels and overall health, in my experiences, it seems they are still craving more when it comes to their foods choices.

Here’s the deal: many diabetics I’ve spoken with are constantly seeking new ways to eat healthy foods beyond the often “boring” foods and flavors they’re encouraged to enjoy. After a while, the same ‘ol foods become tiring. More often than not, one food they ask me about is chocolate.

Believe me, I understand completely. Chocolate is delicious! Plus, many diabetics also want to get in on the benefits of eating raw foods and aren’t quite sure how to get the best of both worlds. Well, have I got the perfect healthy chocolate recipe for you.

Raw, sugar-free chocolate mousse recipe for diabetics

There are tons of healthy recipes at MindBodyGreen.com, including one for sugar free healthy chocolate mousse. What I like about this is that in addition to being sugar-free, it’s raw, giving diabetics a double health boost. But more on the health benefits in a moment. Let’s take a look at how to make this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup young coconut flesh
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw tahini (a sesame paste)
  • 1/5 cup cacao beans or nibs
  • 1 pinch organic cinnamon
  • 1 pinch unrefined sea salt
  • 1 pinch vanilla powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia
  • raw sunflower seeds for topping (optional)

Instructions:

  1. With the exception of the cacao beans/nibs and sunflower seeds, blend all ingredients in blender on high
  2. Add the cacao beans/nibs at the end to keep the crunch
  3. Garnish with nibs, sunflower seeds and swirls of tahini
  4. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to enjoy a thicker consistency. Otherwise, it can be eaten immediately.

Why this raw and sugar-free chocolate mousse is great for your health

You can see by scanning this list that it’s a dream for diabetics who enjoy raw foods and love chocolate.

First off, because raw cacao powder is not heavily processed from the bean, it’s as natural a chocolate as you can get. In addition to helping improve mood and brain health (thanks to it being rich in flavonoids), studies show that raw cacao products can help regulate blood sugar levels.

It’s sugar free, raw and has a rich chocolate taste.

I could go on forever.

Avocado is often considered the world’s most perfect food due to its healthy fats’ ability to control blood pressure and maintain a good weight (important for diabetics).

Cinnamon, which is also part of this healthy chocolate recipe, is rich in healthy compounds that have numerous benefits. According to Diabetic Medicine, taking a half a teaspoon daily may help blood sugar levels and cholesterol for those with Type 2 diabetes.

As with any new recipe or foods you may be considering, it’s wise to make sure it suits your needs. We always suggest running new topics, from recipes like this to a potential new exercise regimen, by your doctor to make sure it’s right for your diabetes management and overall health.

Enjoy!

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Recipe/image source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11827/raw-sugar-free-chocolate-mousse.html

Cacao maca mint truffles

I’m always looking for a delicious chocolate recipe (who isn’t?) that satisfies my sweet-tooth craving without sacrificing my interest in maintaining good health. Tons of recipes exist, but sometimes it’s difficult to sort through the clutter. Some say they’re healthy, but they’re filled with processed chocolates. Others may contain healthy chocolates, but the extra ingredients are far from good for us.

That’s why when I came across an honest-to-goodness, healthy, chocolate raw recipe on RawFoodRecipes.com, I was in my glory! It’s loaded with great foods, so let’s take a closer look.

The maca mint chocolate truffle recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (65g) natural raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup (120mL) pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (80mL) melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (60g) soft, pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5mL) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25mL) pure mint extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Coating Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (25g) natural cacao powder
  • 2 tsp (10mL) maca powder

Instructions:

  1. Use a food process to mix the cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut oil and dates until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla and mint extract, then the salt until combined. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm.
  3. Sift the cacao powder and maca powder in a small bowl.
  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the truffle mixture and roll it into a ball.
  5. Dip and roll the truffle in the cacao powder mixture.
  6. Repeat with the remaining truffle mixture. Store the finished truffles in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

You’re all set!

Health benefits of this maca mint chocolate truffle recipe

Both maca powder and cacao powder are amazing superfoods with incredible health benefits.

Maca powder is an excellent source to obtain increased energy levels and may even boost libido. Used by shamans, it’s considered a superfood even today and believed to be have the ability to reduce stress, regulate hormones and increase fertility.

Supercharge your recipes and your health with maca powder! It has a nutty flavor that will enrich the taste of these truffles.

Raw cacao powder, because it hasn’t been heavily processed, retains key antioxidants that are otherwise removed from other kinds of common chocolate varieties. It’s magnesium content is high, helping the body relax muscles, like the heart, with ease.

Eating it can help remove dangerous arterial plaque and also contribute to lowered blood pressure.

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Recipe/image source: http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/maca-mint-chocolate-truffles.html

Make a healthy chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie today!

Some recipes make me salivate with anticipation just by reading them. Today, it was the words, “Chocolatey Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie” on MindBodyGreen.com that set my early morning hunger pangs into overdrive.

The nut (or seed if you choose) butter and cacao smells while making the recipe were enough to make me want to skip the blender altogether (it’s a wonder I had enough food to actually blend since I kept sneaking in tastes, um, I mean checking to make sure food quality and flavor was palate-appropriate).

Needless to say, this healthy chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie was a throwback to my love affair with vending machines, but instead of memories of my former 70-pound heavier self getting the best of me, I was thrilled to enjoy a yummy taste minus the waistline-expanding, unhealthy content.

Even better, this recipe is super easy to make since it uses ingredients most of us already have in our kitchen. Plus, no fancy prep like chopping or soaking. Tasty and simple: perfect!

Chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baby spinach (don't let it fool you, the smoothie still has a very chocolate and peanut [or seed] butter taste)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tbsp. raw cacao
  • 2 Tbsp. organic peanut butter (I used my favorite, sunflower seed butter)
  • 1 tsp. raw honey (you can use any natural sweetener you prefer though)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (almond milk works well too)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • A pinch of sea salt (lately, I've been big on pink Himalayan sea salt so that's what I used)
  • Optional: 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • Optional: cacao nibs (as garnish, add to taste)

Instructions

  1. Blend these ingredients on high and devour the lip-smacking goodness.

Health benefits of the chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie

Here’s a look at a few of the ingredients of this amazing smoothie and why it’s so good for us.

Raw cacao: Because cacao powder is the closest thing to the bean, made without the heavy processing that other chocolates undergo, it retains nutrients that are outstanding for our body.

Did you know that it is actually the highest whole food source of magnesium? Neat, isn’t it? This means everything from our bowels to our cardiovascular system are kept in tip-top shape. Read more about the health benefits of cacao here.

Banana: This fruit definitely does more than taste good. Bananas help restore electrolytes, absorb calcium for better bones and is even a great way to fight macular degeneration. Go bananas over their health benefits; read more here.

Sunflower seed butter: Delicious, delicious, delicious. I have a teaspoon every single day. Did I mention it’s delicious? I’ve also used it in my granola bar recipe too 🙂 It’s one of the healthy fats (unsaturated) and plays a role in reducing inflammation as well as keeping our hearts healthy.

I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I did! I can’t wait to make it again.

Vending machines? What vending machines?

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Chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe is sweet satisfaction

Mention “chocolate” and “smoothie” in the same sentence and I stop in my tracks. Perhaps it’s a throwback to the few times I dabbled with my parent’s fondue sets, heating chocolate and dipping strawberries in the rich sauce.

Maybe it’s the way the strawberry has been romanticized, from legends that say it can bring us true love to ads suggesting that slowly eating a single strawberry is a surefire way add pizzazz to our love life. Forget the coy glances and cut to the chase with a strawberry. Who knows.

I just think strawberries are delicious. Add chocolate to the mix and . . . heaven!

Don’t get me wrong, we love our avocado smoothies and green lemonade juices, but I thought I’d go for something different this time around.

This chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe not only has a sweet (but not too sweet) flavor, but like all of these recipes, has super healthy benefits. Taking a cue from many of the sites where I’ve found recipes before, I went on my own to create this one by adding ingredients that have created other tasty smoothies in the past.

The chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe

This chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe is sweet satisfaction! As always, choose fresh, organic foods in your recipes whenever possible.

Ingredients

Why this smoothie is good for your health

Here’s a look at some of the ingredients and how they keep us healthy.

We recently wrote a post about the health benefits of strawberries, including their ability to help reduce cholesterol, keep inflammation at bay and even promote optimal pre-natal health. Read more about the top 5 health benefits of strawberries!

Next up: the kiwi. From a taste point of view, the kiwi is barely detectable in this smoothie. However, knowing that it’s healthy is enough for me and hopefully it is for you too. I blended mine with the skin on. Yes, I’m still alive and yes, it’s good for you. The skin is safe to eat, plus it has three times more fiber than just the green flesh. Check out this article about parts of other foods you may be overlooking that are actually really good for you.

Finally, cacao powder (Amazon affiliate link) is brimming with antioxidants that do everything from help heart health to reduce stress. No wonder it’s considered a superfood that boosts longevity. It has been said to be the highest source of magnesium and chromium, too.

So go ahead and enjoy this delicious smoothie. It’s great for your health.

And hey, if while making the smoothie you find love along the way, even better!

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Vegan chocolate truffles with some bite

If you’re a chocolate lover and also gravitate towards recipes that have a bit of punch to them, you’re really going to get a kick out of this one.

In fact, I really mean that . . . this vegan chocolate chili truffle recipe from MindBodyGreen.com has some kick to it. But don’t let the “chili” part scare you.

You’ll still be able to feel your tongue and you won’t need to keep the fire extinguisher nearby. As with any recipe I make, things like chili powder (or cinnamon, or salt, and so on) can be added to taste or even omitted altogether. So, how much kick you get out of this recipe is entirely up to you! Experiment and do what’s best for you, and always remember to use organic, whole foods whenever possible.

Vegan chocolate chili truffle recipe

Ingredients for truffles:

  • 2 cups cooked organic black beans
  • 3 Tbsp. organic almond or other raw nut butter
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil (organic)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (or replace with maple syrup for a vegan substitute)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne
  1. Blend on high or use a food processor until smooth.
  2. Add the mixture to a medium-sized bowl, place in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours. After that time the texture should be thick and set.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a spoon to scoop out equal amounts of the truffle mixture and roll them until smooth.
  4. Chill the truffles in the fridge while you prepare the coatings.

Ingredients for coatings:

  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • Various coating ingredients such as raw cacao, melted chocolate, shredded coconut, crushed nuts such as pecans, almonds or pistachios, crushed Goji berries or other coatings of choice. Note: If using melted chocolate, omit the maple syrup.
  • Place the maple syrup and each of your chosen coatings into separate finger bowls for coating. Personally, I chose three different toppings: pistachio, walnut and then a handful that just had cinnamon sprinkled on top.
  • Dip each truffle in the maple syrup and then roll it in your chosen coating. Repeat for each truffle. I only dipped one side of the truffle in the syrup, since the nuts easily stuck to them without the need for maple. Again, do what works for you.
  • Freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Eat, pause . . . then count the very few seconds that take place before you say, “yum!”

Why these vegan chocolate chili truffles are good for your health

I like to provide recipes that benefit people’s health in one way or another. When there are a variety of good-for-us ingredients in one recipe (rather than just one key ones), even better!

Here’s what you’ll get out of these truffles:

Raw cacao powder:

Thanks to the fact that raw cacao powder (Amazon affiliate link) is not heavily processed, it’s very natural and brimming with all kinds of health benefits ranging from regulating blood sugar levels to improving brain health.

Learn more about the benefits of cacao powder here.

Coconut oil:

From helping regulate cholesterol levels and helping lower blood pressure to providing a host of antibacterial functions, coconut oil is a dream for health-conscious people. I often use it in smoothies like the turmeric one published earlier on Raw and Natural Health. Delicious!

Chili powder:

High in vitamin A and C and also rich in many minerals like potassium, chili powder is an antioxidant that can help our bone and reproductive health as well as bolster our immune system and quicken healing.

To learn more about chili powder, read this article.

Of course, cayenne pepper has been associated with everything from helping to clear the sinuses to improving circulation, leading to better heart health. And the many nuts that you can use for the truffle coatings are excellent ways to obtain protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Let us know what you think of this recipe. We always enjoy knowing your thoughts!

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