Before taking a raw “cooking” course, I had this perception that preparing raw food would be difficult, timely or tedious. Turns out, it is totally fast and easy (just think, there is only prep time, no COOKING time!).
I remember it was about a year ago that a client gave me the book The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. Although I had every confidence in the healthy benefits of raw food, and was very interested in it, I just couldn’t find my way toward preparation of any of the recipes.
Thank Goodness the wheels of progress turn, and everything happens as it is supposed to, because now after three easy days with the guidance of a Raw Food Teacher, I am preparing raw meals each day, and experimenting with new fun variations.
My first experimentation with what I was taught is with raw chocolate. Earlier in the week my husband had purchased a chocolate bar with almonds and sea salt. This flavor combination may sound strange, but the sea salt paired with the almonds is a convergent taste bud delight! I decided that this combination would be delicious with the dark flavor of the raw cacao truffles, so: voila!!!
Raw, Vegan, Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles
Here is how it is done:
(Base recipe care of Grace Van Berkum)
(All ingredients can be found at your local health food store, and when possible smaller amounts can be bought in the bulk section to save money)
1/2 cup raw organic almonds
1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
1 Teaspoon raw organic coconut oil or coconut butter (the butter has more flesh, so you may have to use more)
1&1/2 Tbsp (or more to taste) raw organic sweeter: honey, agave, maple syrup etc.
2 Tbsp warm purified water
1/4 Teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
I also added 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon flax, and some of my favorite greens powder.
-In a food processor or bullet chopper, chop raw almonds to desired size.
-In a bowl or food processor combine all other items EXCEPT sea salt and almonds. Coconut butter or oil may need to be heated or left in the sun for a moment to warm.
-Combine almonds and chocolate mix
-Lightly sprinkle sea salt (and/or additional greens powder) on to top of truffle
-Store in fridge or freezer until hardened
-Before cooling, try rolling the balls in coconut, sesame seeds, grated orange rind, finely chopped almonds, stick in one large almond, or try anything else that sounds good!
Why Raw Chocolate?
All the great benefits of chocolate are mostly cooked and processed out by the time you buy a chocolate bar at the store. Here are just some benefits:
Antioxidants: (oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol and the polyphenols: catechin and epicatechin)
Magnesium (Great for PMS!)
Phenethylamine (PEA: the LOVE neurotransmitter)
Omega 6 fatty acids