Are you ready for a delicious gift that you might compulsively eat while making them? Good, me too. These little guys are fantastic and a little addictive- so make sure you make plenty. Let's just say my taste testers weren't complaining!
We eat a lot of nuts in this house. I use them in granola, as snacks, as toppings for oats or stir fries (or just about anything), in baking.... I'm sure you get the picture. We buy in bulk here. Since we eat so many nuts, it's important we soak and dry them properly to reduce the phytic acid as much as possible.
You can check out my post over at Modern Alternative Kitchen for more info about phytic acid. All of the nuts in this recipes have been soaked and then dehydrated prior to coating them with chocolaty goodness.
So on to the recipe. We can't have dairy here so chocolate isn't a daily occurrence in this house. That's not to say we don't have carob and cacao powder- we just can't buy those dairy and soy laden bars they sell in the store. Since we can't, I'm all about making delicious chocolate creations on occasion. The bonus on these is the nutty center- it doesn't hurt that it's good for you too!
Raw Nutty Truffles
2 cups nuts (I like almonds, cashews, pecans and walnuts)
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp cacao powder (you can substitute cocoa or carob, but it won't be raw)
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
Combine melted coconut oil, 2 tbsp cacao powder, honey and vanilla in a large bowl.
Whisk together until smooth.
Add nuts and stir until completely coated.
Mixture will be thin and will run off of nuts- that's ok. Put everything in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
Stir again. Your coating should be thick and gooey. If it still runs, put it back in the fridge.
If it sticks to the nuts, you're ready to go. Spread nuts on a piece of parchment paper and return to fridge for 20 minutes.
After chilling, dip each nut in remaining cacao powder. I used a mesh hand strainer to shake off extra cacao.
You can do a couple nuts at a time.
When you're finished, "wrap" your gift in a jar or other pretty container.
Keep in the fridge until ready to gift or eat!
These never made it back to the fridge...
This post is shared at Monday Mania, Meatless Monday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday and Homestead Barn Hop, Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Foods Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Tasteful Tuesdays, Fresh Foods Link Up and Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.