Monday, 4 June 2012

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Can chocolate be healthy? If ever there was a healthy chocolate dessert, this vegan chocolate truffle recipe is probably it. Based on almond butter, which is rich in calcium and healthy fats, and sweetened with agave syrup, which has a much lower glycemic index than sugar, these vegan chocolate truffles can be enjoyed without guilt. Most importantly, they are absolutely delicious!

Orange and pistachio nut vegan chocolate truffles


150 grams (1/2 cup) almond butter
40 grams (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
1 tbsp agave syrup
1 orange
10 well-crushed green cardamom pods (or 1 tsp ground cardamon)
crushed pistachio nuts, for rolling


1. Place the cardamom pods and pistachio nuts in plastic bags and crush them using a rolling pin.
2. Mix almond butter, cocoa powder, and agave syrup in a large bowl.
3. Hold the orange over the bowl and use a zester to release the juice from the outside of the orange skin into the mixture. Mix in well.
4. Scoop out roughly teaspoon-sized amounts of mixture and shape them into balls.
5. Roll the chocolate truffles in the crushed pistachio nuts.

These cardamom-spiced vegan truffles don't need cooking. They are best kept refrigerated to keep them from going soft - that's if you can avoid eating them all at once!

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