Everyone needs a little something special every now and then. These truffles are pretty decadent. And also, not that bad for you. No sweet chocolate treat can probably be totally healthy, but this one comes pretty close. What makes these even better – savoring one after a yoga practice. Yoga connects us with our senses, reminds us that life is a sensual journey. Try it – after a practice take a goodie, smell it, enjoy how it looks, let it sit in your mouth as you take in the flavors, notice the taste when you chew. A joyous meditation!
In full disclosure… these are vegan and gluten-free with no added sugar. Sounds a little
lame. Sounds like a healthy “treat.” But I made traditional truffles, too, with dairy and added sweetness, and these were better. Its now my go-to recipe. Impressive enough to be a great gift or dessert for a fancy dinner, but they are dead simple and take hardly any time at all.
This recipe is adapted from http://www.tessadomesticdiva.com/2011/12/vegan-frango-mint-truffles.html
Chocolate Orange Truffles
8 oz. chocolate bits
1/3 cup cashews
1/6 cup orange juice
1/6 cup non-dairy milk or water
1 teaspoon orange rind
8 oz. chocolate bits
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
In the top of a double-boiler, melt the chocolate.
Meanwhile, blend the cashews, orange juice, orange rind and non-dairy milk in a food processor. Add the the melted chocolate and blend til smooth.
Pour the mixture onto wax paper and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
When the mixed chocolate is cooled, roll it into balls. In your double boiler, melt the coconut oil with the second round of chocolate (this is NOT what you just took out of the fridge and rolled 🙂 . Dip the balled chocolate in the melted mixture and set on wax paper to cool. Yummy!
Want to mix up your flavors? You can sub any kind of liquid in for the orange juice and completely leave out the grated rind. I’ve made some pretty kickin’ Frangelico Truffles from this recipe. You can also make plain chocolate truffles by just using non-dairy milk for the liquid.
Want to make it even easier? Skip the chocolate coating and just roll your truffle. I like to make plain chocolate and then roll them in finely ground coffee for Mocha Truffles.
Set your imagination free – you won’t be sorry!