Nutty Honey Manuka Chocolate Truffles are decadent bites of powerful nutrition for mid-afternoon snack, post or pre work-out fuel or served as a luxurious dessert. Dense, dark chocolate richness with the healing powers of Manuka Honey to nourish body, mind and soul while satisfiying sweet tooths too!
Manuka honey is created by bees that feed on the flowers of the manuka bush, also known as the tea tree, in New Zealand or the jellybush in Australia. The honey is distinctively flavoured, richer and darker than other honey.
This healing honey has been used by indigenous cultures of New Zealand for thousands of years. Manuka honey contains incredible anti-bacterial & microbial properties which, in a study conducted by the University of Sydney, killed nearly every type of bacteria to which it was exposed.
In 2004 Britain's National Health Service licensed the use of medical grade manuka honey as a wound dressing, confirming what the indigenous people of NZ have long known - that Manuka honey has seemingly miraculous properties.
Recent tests at Sydney University's School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, showed manuka honey killed every type of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant "superbugs". In addition to being antimicrobial and antiviral, Manuka is also an antioxidant which helps increase immunity and vitality.
I make a large batch of Nutty Honey Manuka Chocolate Truffles for the freezer to keep on hand for those rushed days when we want to grab something and go. However, they are a little addictive, so you may want to stick with the smaller portion recipe below :-)
Please enjoy this powerfully nutritious and delicious, enzyme rich, Raw Living Foods Recipe!
Recipe for Nutty Honey Manuka Chocolate Truffles
(Makes 4 Truffles)
- heaping 1/2 cup Soaked then Dehydrated Raw Almonds, Sunflower Seeds & Hemp Seeds (get creative!)
- 2 or 3 tablespoons or so extra virgin coconut oil in liquid state
- 2 or 3 tablespoons Manuka Honey (I err toward the 3 tablespoon mark:-)
- Vanilla powder to taste (or substitute Madagascar Vanilla extract)
- Himalayan Pink Salt to taste (I used 2 or 3 twists freshly ground)
- 2 or 3 tablespoons Cacao Powder (substitute Carob Powder if you don't use cacao or use 1/2 of each to reduce the cacao)
- 1 tablespoon Maca Powder (optional) *note: if you're new to Maca use a small amount as it can be incredibly detoxifying resulting in cleansing/detox symptoms which albeit beneficial can be uncomfortable.)
- Carefully (so as not to take them into the nut butter realm) grind your selection of soaked, dehydrated nuts in a spice grinder or food processor until coursely or finely ground depending on your preference. Pour ground nuts into a small mixing bowl.
- Add the coconut oil (my measurements above are not precise, I used 2 decent sized glops), Manuka honey (start with about 2 tablespoons, you can always add more) and a few turns of Himalayan Pink Salt to taste. There's a decent amount of leeway with the ingredients, you want to end up with a sticky mass capable of making into truffle forms.
- Using a fork, mix the ingredients together until incorporated and you have a semi-firm, sticky mass in your bowl.
- Cut the mixture into approximately four sections while still in the bowl.
- Using dampened fingers, form each section into a ball. They don't have to be perfectly round! They're supposed to mimick the free-form shapes of truffles in the wild after all :-)
- Add the Cacao and Maca (if using) to another small bowl.
- Roll each truffle in the Cacao, Maca mixture until nicely coated.
- Place truffles in the fridge for about 15 minutes or until they've firmed up nicely. If they're left in the fridge overnight, allow truffles to sit at room temperature to soften slightly before serving.
Raw Nutty Honey Chocolate Truffles
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