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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