Dessert

Chocolate Almond Truffles

These truffles couldn’t be easier to make and are a¬†great treat when having friends over or as an afternoon pick-me-up. Almond butter is delicious and so creamy and makes an amazing base to truffles and energy balls. We dipped the truffles in dark chocolate to satisfy those who may have reduced their sugar intake this January! We know it can be hard at first but when you have delicious alternatives like these it makes life much easier and you can stick to your goals of leading a healthier and happier lifestyle.

*Makes 14 large truffles or 20 small truffles

Ingredients:

  • 125g almond butter (you can use any nut butter of choice)
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g dark chocolate (the higher cocao % the better)
  • Hanfdul of roasted flaked almonds for decoration

Instructions:

  • Add the almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla to a bowl and stir well.
  • Once mixed, roll the mixture into little balls. The maple should bind to the nut butter to form a dough like consistency. If the mixture is too wet you can add a little coconut flour to make it easier to roll.
  • Melt the chocolate over a bain-marie. Once melted, dip the top half of the balls in the chocolate.
  • Now, sprinkle the flaked almonds over the truffles and leave to set in a cool room. You can speed this up by putting in the fridge for 15 mins.

Nutritional Information:

Almonds:

  • Great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper andmanganese.
  • Great source of a number of B vitamins;
    • Rich in folate which is vital for a healthy pregnancy.
    • Rich in riboflavin which helps with red blood cell production, body growth and to process carbohydrates.
    • Rich in niacin which is often used to improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risk.
    • Rich in thiamin which helps the body to process carbohydrates and protein.
  • Great source of unsaturated fats
    • The high levels of unsaturated fats are great to help ease inflammation (great post exercise) and may also improve cholesterol levels.
  • It might be an energy dense food but there is no need to avoid it.
    • A review of 20 clinical trials showed no weight gain or even weight loss individuals consuming 1 -2 cups of nuts a day
    • Possibly due to the amino acid arginine which may boost fat burning.
  • Consuming nuts considerably reduces the risk of developing diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

Dark Chocolate:

The higher the cocoa solids the better the benefits. We always use 85% cocoa solids and make sure to compare brands to buy the one with the lowest sugar content.

  • Rich source of minerals including iron, copper, magnesium and manganese.
  • Rich in a variety of antioxidants which fight oxidative stress and may help improve your immune function.
  • Also a good source of caffeine and theobromine which helps to fight fatigue and drowsiness.

 

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