Sunday, 15 December 2013

Brandy Truffles - Adults only!

Here's one for the grown-ups! I know that by adding brandy to these truffles it is not strictly clean eating, as alcohol shouldn't really feature heavily in a clean diet, but it's xmas! And brandy truffles are so very festive! Other than the small amount of brandy though, these are moist, decadent truffles that are totally clean and very addictive. You could substitute the brandy for orange juice or coffee. 

I borrowed the base ingredients for this recipe from the huckleberry farm newsletter, which was originally from - and was instantly addicted. The recipe is for a brownie, but I decided to make it into truffles for that christmasy vibe. The recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free and uses only a small amount of coconut sugar to add sweetness (although you can use any sweetener you like). 

Raw Chocolate Brandy Truffles

Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, soy-free

1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut sugar (or your choice of sweetener - dates would work well)
2 tbsp cacao butter (you can buy this from most whole food stores - it is expensive, but you only need a small amount)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp brandy
1 tsp vanilla extract, vanilla paste or the seeds from 1 vanilla pod
zest of one orange
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1. In a blender or food processor, blend the almonds until a coarse flour forms. 
2. Over a low heat, bring a small pot filled with a little water to a gentle simmer. Place a heatproof bowl over the pot and gently melt the coconut oil and cacao butter. 
3. Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for dessicated coconut and mix well to combine. 
4. Take heaped teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls. Place the coconut onto a small plate. Drop the balls into the coconut and roll gently to coat. 
5. Place the balls into the fridge or freezer to set.