Spoil the one you love with some homemade ‘Raw Chocolate Truffles’ made from raw cocoa paste, dates, goji berries, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, cinnamon and honey.
Our dietitians say:
Date flesh is a high source of energy and 100 g of flesh (about 4 mejool dates) can provide an average of 1300 kJ. It is rich in mainly fructose and glucose; low in fat and protein; and a good source of magnesium, potassium, copper, selenium and manganese. The consumption of 100 g of dates can provide over 15% of the recommended daily allowance from these minerals.
Vitamins B-complex (especially Vitamin B6) are the major vitamins in dates and they are an excellent source of dietary fiber (up to 8.0 g/100 g).
Last, but not least, dates are a good source of antioxidants, mainly carotenoids and phenolics.
We love this recipe:
Easy to make, package in a beautiful box and voila … a great gift for mom.
The raw chocolate balls are also a great dessert option – and can double up as a high energy lunchbox snack or perfect ‘take along’ energy boost for runners or cyclists.
100 g raw cocoa paste
100 g dates
30 g goji berries
50 g raw almonds, chopped
20 g sunflower seeds
20 g flaxseeds
2 ml cinnamon
20 g honey
*Makes 20 truffles
How to make it
– put the dates into a small saucepan and cover with a little water. Cook the dates in a medium high heat until soft (about 5 minutes) and the water has evaporated. Mash the dates into a purée and set aside.
– gently melt the cocoa paste on a low heat.
– mix the melted cocoa paste, date purée, goji berries, almonds, seeds, cinnamon and honey into a firm paste.
– roll the mixture into 15g balls and dust with cocoa powder, or roll in seeds or coconut to decorate.
The nutritional value per truffle (makes 20 truffles):
Energy: 254 kJ
Protein: 2 g
Carbohydrate: 4 g
Total fat: 3.2 g
Dietary Fibre: 1.1 g
Sodium: 48 mg