Raw Wild Orange Cashew Coconut Truffles

Nom nom nom......

This recipe was inspired by The Alkaline Sisters

This was my first attempt at chocolate-covered truffles, and they are TOTALLY worth the extra effort. As you can see, they're a bit more, ahem, rustic than what you'd find at Godiva, but I don't mind being an artisanal chocolatier. It adds character.

You can wrap the finished truffles in wax paper and tie them with ribbon or twine for a beautiful and delicious gift, or hoard them all for yourself.

Chocolate, particularly the dark variety, is excellent for your health, in moderation. It is packed with antioxidants, is great for your blood circulation, and helps maintain a healthy heart (and soul!). Need to re-ignite the spark in your relationship? These will only help. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Truffles:

6 medjool dates

1/4 cup organic unrefined coconut oil

1/2 cup finely shredded organic raw dried coconut

1/2 cup raw organic cashews (*optional: soaked approx 2-3 hours, drained)

1/4 tsp. ground vanilla or alcohol free liquid vanilla

Pinch of Himalayan salt

1 drop wild orange doTerra essential oil

*optional organic cocoa powder and/or finely shredded coconut for rolling.

Dipping Chocolate:

1 bar fine, fair-trade, organic, dark chocolate, melted over low-heat in a saucepan (I've never had patience with the double boiler method, but you can if you'd like!)

Method:

Truffles:

Place all ingredients except coconut oil in food processor.

Melt coconut oil either in a glass measuring cup set in hot tap water for 5 minutes or over a double boiler for 1 minute.

Add to mixture and mix until well-combined.

Use a spatula to scrape mixture into a bowl and chill for approx 30 minutes.

Once mixture is chilled, scoop by heaping teaspoon fulls and roll into balls and chill again for at least 10 minutes on a wax paper lined cookies sheet.

These can now be dipped into the liquid chocolate, rolled into raw cacao powder or fine dried coconut.

For the Melting Chocolate:

Place a toothpick in each of your truffles.

Dip each one into the liquid chocolate. Allowing the excess to drip off, then place the truffle on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper.

When all are dipped, remove the toothpicks by gently twisting and pulling upward.

Cover the toothpick hole with a nut, shredded coconut, sea salt, cocoa powder, cacao nibs, or any other pretty toppings you choose.

*NOTE: If the dipping chocolate becomes too thick you may place it over the hot water for a minute or two.

*NOTE: Once all truffles are dipped you can speed up the hardening process a smidge by chilling for in the fridge for up to 10 minutes. BUT do not leave them any longer as they will form condensation on the truffle's surface when removed from the cold.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per 2-serving smoothie. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

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Benefits:

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cashews: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, and approximately 75% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. What's more is that about 75% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same monounsaturated or "good fat" found in olive oil. This super nut is also packed with copper, manganese, magnesium, and tryptophan (the "feel good" amino acid"). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Wild Orange Essential Oil: Wild orange essential oils is anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and carminative (expels gas from the alimentary canal, relieving colic and spasmodic pain of bowels). It is also a digestive aid, a gentle sedative, and is hugely mood uplifting. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.