Raw Chocolate Orange & Cardamom Truffles

In late 2015, I discovered raw food. I set myself a challenge to eat raw for 30 days but didn’t complete it – I only lasted 10 days. I was really disappointed in myself at the time but I now know that moving from a normal diet to a raw vegan diet overnight is not easy. It is just like any other lifestyle change, something you must do gradually.

I have read many articles written by raw foodies, all of who took a long time to transition from a normal diet to a raw vegan diet, and although I know I could never be exclusively raw, I love the idea of having a 50% raw diet.

I have been experimenting with raw foods now for some time, and this year plan to post many new raw recipes that I am super excited about! This recipe is my first attempt at my very own original raw recipe. These little balls of goodness are delicious, and are very simple to make. Many raw recipes call for ingredients that aren’t in the average household pantry or fridge, but I am confident that most of you will have these ingredients on hand (maybe with the exception of cacao powder, which you can pick up from your local health food shop).

Raw Choc-Orange & Cardamom Truffles

Ingredients (makes 10)

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 10 extra almonds
  • Pinch of Himalayan sea salt (optional)

Steps

Place dates into a bowl and pour over orange juice, soak for 30 minutes. Remove seeds from cardamom pods and grind into a find powder using a mortar and pestle. Put nuts into a food processor and process into a find powder then add dates, orange zest, scrapings from vanilla pod, cacao powder, cardamom spice, sea salt and chia seeds.

Gently pulse processor until all of the ingredients are combined. If the mixture gets to sticky or bulky for the processor to mix, transfer to a bowl and use a wooden spoon, or better yet – your fingers!

Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture, place and almond in the center and roll into a ball, gently roll in cacao powder until coated. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.

This dessert combined with this yummy frittata would be the perfect meal if you were staying in for the night.

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Buying a Commercial Mixer for Baking

Here are a few tips on the in’s and out’s of buying a commercial mixer. There are basically three types of mixers that I will touch on and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each. The three I will be discussing today are the Stick Mixers, Countertop Mixers, and the Floor Mixers.

  1. Commercial mixers for bakingStick Mixers: These are great for liquefying. They work well for soups, sauces, and pureeing fruits and veggies. They do vary in price greatly as one of these can cost you anywhere from $100 to over $1,000. It all depends on the quality, size and what you are using them for.
  2. Countertop Mixers: This is the most common type of mixer and you will find it in all kinds of places, from the kitchen at Mom’s house to the pizzeria downtown. They can be used to make pizza, bread, doughnuts, pastries, all kinds of desserts, potatoes and just about anything you can mix. They also vary in size and price. For small sized machines under $150, I would recommend a KitchenAid branded product. They deliver a top quality mixer, and their large countertop mixers can go up to $10,000+. These would be best suited for businesses that will be using it daily.
  3. Floor Mixers: These also vary in range and the large ones are big enough to fit a grown adult into the mixing bowl! They are used more for high volume baking. Bakeries, pizzerias, Deli’s and any type of business involved in mass food production should look into buying one of these. Do your research thoroughly before buying one though as these are costly machines. Also, if it is too large, your investment may not pan out, but if it is too small, then you might get yourself stuck between dough and a bad place! Sometimes, one batch from a large mixer is enough to cook an entire day’s worth of food in smaller restaurants. So, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. The prices for these floor mixers can range from $3,000 to $25,000.

Many great deals can be found online, but do your research. That’s definitely the best way to get a top quality commercial mixer because there are some brands that just aren’t as good as the others.

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