Almond Butter and Raw Cacao Chocolate Truffles

Almost everyone loves chocolate but chocolate desserts usually include loads of sugar and butter making them a highly processed and saturated fat food. This recipe not only avoids both processed and saturated fat but it delivers the benefit of good fat in the cacao nibs and antioxidants in the raw cacao.

 Prep Time: 30 minutes (includes 20 minutes to chill the batter)

 Servings: About a dozen

Ingredients:

1 cup almond meal (can be made in your food processor by processing raw almonds or you can purchase almond meal wherever they sell Bob’s Red Mill Brand)

½ cup almond butter

¼ cup raw cacao

3 T grade B maple syrup

1 teaspoon organic vanilla

¼ cup raw almonds, ground

¼ cup raw cacao nibs, ground

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.

Mix the ingredients together well.  You will notice a smooth batter coming together.

Chill the batter for about 20 minutes. Or if in a rush you can roll them immediately and chill for 20 minutes before serving.

Roll into either bite sized or larger balls.

If preferred, and to “dress them up” finish by rolling into finely ground nuts, shredded coconut or raw cacao.

Note: Using finely ground walnuts makes this recipe more costly but it does kick up the flavor and texture quite a bit.

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