Thursday, 7 July 2016

"Faketella" Truffles (raw, without any refined sugar, vegan)

I have been experimenting with some recipes trying to make my own version of Nutella.

The first batch turned into a chocolate which we just ate.

And the two other batches seemed nice and tasted good but they became really hard, so I made truffles from them. They ended up tasting really good, too.

This recipe is more “guidance”.

1/2 cup of raw cacao powder

1/2 cup raw cacao butter @Sevenhillswholefoods

1 Tbs of coconut oil +Nutiva UK 

1 Tbs of natural erythrol

1 tsp of lecithin ( I used Lecigram, which is a non-GM soya lecithin)

1/2 a cup of hazelnuts

1/2 tsp of pure vanilla powder

pinch of salt

1 Tbs of maple syrup

about 1/2 a cup of chopped hazelnuts +Whole Foods Market 

Grind the hazelnuts to a fine consistency and set aside.

Melt the cacao butter and coconut oil over steaming water.

When it is melted, add the erythrol and the lecithin and whisk for about 3 minutes.

Take off the steam and keep whisking for another 3 minutes, or until the granules of the lecithin are almost all dissolved. The erythrol should be all dissolved by now.

Add the maple syrup, vanilla and salt and whisk for a couple of minutes, until it is all combined.

Stir in the cacao powder and the hazelnuts and mix it with a hand held mixer for a couple of minutes.

Set aside. It should get harder in couple of hours.

Then you can form little truffles and roll them through the chopped nuts. You might have to press firmly to push the hazelnuts into the truffle.


Nutritional information:
Raw Cacao powder is rich in polyphenols which help our body to remove damaging free radicals,
                                  is rich in magnesium and b vitamins, which is beneficial to rejuvenation,
                                  is great source of sulfur, essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails.
                                  Because of its nutritional properties, raw cacao powder is energizing and brain 
                                  stimulating as well.
Erythrol                   is plant based sugar alcohol. It is 100% natural, has fewer calories than all other
                                  sugar substitutes or other natural sweeteners. Does not raise blood sugar or 
                                  insulin levels
Lecithin                   I used it emulsify the mixture but lecithin is also a source of choline which helps 
                                 to dissolve cholesterol.
Hazelnuts                are rich in oleic acid, magnesium, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin E.
                                 this makes them a great anti ager as they have a positive effect on our skin,
                                 heart, bones and muscles.  
So these little balls of joy are not only delicious but they are also full of nutrients. However, do not eat too much of them at once as they do contain some amount of fat (cacao butter and coconut oil).




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