I don’t think many of us need reasons to eat chocolate. It tastes incredible and it’s just one of the most wonderful foods out there, but if you get it right, is more natural than people realise.
The veggie Queen has come up with a recipe for incredible cocoa almond truffles. They are completely organic, and not as unhealthy as you would think.
A real advocate of using food to improve your mood. A lot of people eat junk food and then feel terrible, we all know how we eat is linked to how we feel as well as how much energy we have.
However, in multiple studies, chocolate, especially good quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, has been shown to alleviate anxiety. In one study in 2012, a significant increase in peace and happiness, and a significant decrease in anxiety levels was witnessed among participants compared to a placebo group.
These results showed up within an hour of consumption. Now I know, some of it is that historic comfort food effect. Chocolate is so rich and warm, and we associated with childhood happiness and treats, that it’s obvious that’s going to be the case. However, scientifically, it does appear that chocolate does have therapeutic properties as well.
Which is why these cocoa almond truffles, completely organic and natural, are perfect for that rainy day, or that rainy moment.
I’ll also say here that I’m becoming more of an advocate for supplements generally. That didn’t used to be the case, but as long as they are natural, then I’m not really so conservative any longer.
I workout more than I used to, and it’s not just to feel fit, I want to look good. So I’m also using natural supplements to aid with my exercise, and have even experimented with Ostarine, something called a selective androgen receptor modulator. I will cover these in more detail where appropriate because I think sensible supplementation is becoming safer and more respectable.
Anyway, back to this fantastic chocolate truffle recipe. Now I know, that truffles can be very rich and actually too rich for most people in large quantities, but even a few can really satisfy the soul.
If you want to make the veggie queens cocoa almond truffles, this is the recipe you will need to make about 20.
Ingredients you will need:
- Half cup pitted dates
- half cup strong brewed chocolate, or mocha Teechino
- 2 ounces very good quality dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons of almond butter
- 3 tablespoons of high-quality cocoa powder (plus a little for rolling)
Instructions for making these fantastic organic cocoa almond truffles:
- Make a strong brewed chocolate mix. Use 1 tablespoon in half a cup of water. A drip coffee maker is ideal, or use a cup of boiling water.
- Put the dates into this brew for at least one hour, or preferably overnight.
- Pour the mix that you let mature in step two into a food blender and blend it until completely smooth.
- Add the chocolate (melt it gently first), and the almond butter into the food blender and thoroughly blend these in as well. Remember, you can make your own almond butter really easily as well.
- Add the cocoa powder and put on a long and gentle blend. You really want this as smooth as possible. I usually use a low cycle for about five minutes.
- Let this mixture cool in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. You want it firm so that it’s easy to deal with when you create the individual truffles.
- Using a teaspoon, scoop out enough to make a small ball. This is why it’s better to be very cool, and you must work quickly to stop it melting. Get that ball looking fantastic in around 10 seconds.
- Roll the ball in the high-quality cocoa powder. You could sprinkle in a little cinnamon powder as well if you want an extra edge to the flavour.
- Once you have made your high-quality cocoa almond truffles, keep them refrigerated until you want to serve them.
So there you go, that’s how easy it is to make these incredible natural cocoa almond truffles. They really are easy to do, and something you can do with the kids as well, as long as there are clean hands and plenty of warm water available.
I want to finish here by saying that making your own natural foods is the way to go. Ignore supermarket foods, especially processed foods wherever possible, and always buy the ingredients to eat healthily.
Eating healthily is also eating well fully as well. You will save a ton of money by making your own food, especially if you plan ahead and make it in bulk.
Things went astray for a couple of years, but I’m back and I’m making sure that this site comes back to being what it was: an incredible resource for people who want to make natural foods that can not only be great for nutrition and the wallet, but also a good for the soul, and good for exercising and improving yourself as well.
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