Are you salivating yet? I know I am. Brace yourselves for these delicious little nuggets of dark chocolate heaven with only 4 easy and healthy ingredients.
I started to realize that there was a pretty large void in the dessert department on my page. This is for several reasons: 1. I try not to eat a lot of sugar 2. I don't have a huge sweet tooth and 3. I'm terrible at baking. I love to cook savory dishes but admittedly baking is not my forte and I just honestly don't have the patience for it - so I tend to shy away from the sweet stuff. This recipe however requires no baking at all and is incredibly easy even for the most novice of bakers like myself.
Another great thing about this recipe is that it has very little sugar - it only has the naturally occurring sugars in the chocolate and if you use 85% dark chocolate like I do then you are still keeping your sugar intake very low. If you have a bit more of a sweet tooth than I would recommend using a dark chocolate somewhere around 70% or above - 85% is pretty dark and bitter so if your taste buds haven't adjusted yet so feel free to play around with differing levels of sweetness in your chocolate. For a first timer I would say something around 70-75% dark is the way to go.
What you need: *not pictured - vanilla extract & pinch of salt
- 9 oz of dark chocolate (between 70-85% dark) I used Theo's organic chocolate fair trade here but Trader Joe's also has a great one
- 7 Tbsp of Coconut Milk organic
- 1 tsp of Vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- Toppings of your choosing: raw cacao nibs, raw cacao powder, coconut flakes, chopped nuts
How to make:
First very finely chop all of your dark chocolate. The finer you can get it the better because it will help melt more easily later on in the process. Once all chocolate has been chopped place it in a mixing bowl.
In a separate mixing bowl take your portioned out coconut milk and use a double boiler to heat the milk up just until so it begins to simmer. Once it's simmering remove it from the heat and pour the milk over the chocolate and cover the bowl for approx 5-7 minutes. This will allow the coconut milk to gently start to melt the chocolate on it's own. After 5-7 minutes being to stir the mixture gently adding in both the vanilla and pinch of sea salt.
At this point place the mixture back over the double boiler to finish slowly melting the chocolate until all ingredients are combined into a smooth paste. Do not overheat or the chocolate will burn and become very bitter. Once all chunks have melted and your mixture is smooth remove from the heat and place it in the refrigerator for 2+ hours.
Allow enough time for the chocolate to solidify so that when you take it out you can use a small scoop or large TBSP size spoon to create your truffle balls. If the mixture is still too soft just place back in the fridge until it has solidified enough for you to form the balls.
Now for the fun part...it's time to get your hands dirty! Using your scoop or spoon begin making your truffle balls - After you have formed the balls (this recipe makes approx 14-16 balls depending on how large you make them) begin rolling them in whatever toppings you prefer. Here I used three different toppings: unsweetened coconut flakes, raw cacao nibs and raw cacao powder. I would also highly recommend using finely chopped walnuts, hazelnuts (for a nutella like flavor) or extra sea salt for more of that ever popular sweet/salty combination.
After all balls are formed, rolled and sufficiently topped place them back in the refrigerator in an air tight container for storage. Take the balls out about 5-10 minutes prior to eating for optimal texture. I really hope you all enjoy these. Please sound off in the comments and as always thank you for being a part of this space!
Another picture of the finished product because I just couldn't help myself - they are just so yummy and pretty to look at....