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Chocolate. Even the word looks delicious.
Chocolate gets a bad rep for causing weight gain, acne, and boat load of other ailments. Sure, when you cram a cup of sugar into each bar, that’ll run you into some problems. If you put poison into an apple and ate it, would you blame the apple? Real chocolate is full of fat, fiber, antioxidants, iron, magnesium copper, manganese and other minerals. It also helps reduce blood pressure and improves brain function, among many other benefits.
I’ve been a chocolate lover since I was a child. I could eat 10 king sized Hershey bars throughout day and go to sleep happy. One of the greatest things that happened once I started eating keto was my taste buds changing. I became so sensitive to sugar that even the darkest chocolate I indulge in now tastes as amazing as sugary, milk chocolate did. Trader Joe’s has some amazing 85% cacao dark chocolate. I also enjoy Taza Chocolate, it’s a little hard to find and pricey, but it’s so pure! It contains two ingredients: organic cacao beans and (just a little) organic cane sugar. You can’t get better chocolate!
We had company over for dinner one night and I decided to make things easier for myself and make dessert ahead of time. I also decided to go with something more subtle and grown-up- homemade truffles. With just a hint of sweetness and over the top richness, these homemade truffles are easy to make, store very well and impress the pants off anyone. I made them the night before, and could’ve kept them in the freezer for a month (not that they would’ve lasted). It goes without saying, they went very quickly and I sat there wishing I’d make 50 of them to store for emergencies. Learn from my mistakes 😉
Some Recipe Notes
In this recipe, I used about 2 and a half of my Trader Joe’s 85% chocolate bars. I also decided to use honey instead of a low carb sweetener. I have my reasons:
1. Honey is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It reduces seasonal allergies, helps your body burn fat and aids in weight loss, boosts immunity, and much more. We ingest enough artificial sweeteners and added chemicals. Once in a while, I like to make something completely real. Something that came from the Earth already sweet and full of nutrients is better than laboratory made sweeteners. Although, I do still swear by my erythritol! Stevia‘s not so bad either.
2. Two tablespoons of honey is all you need for 12 truffles. That’s under 3 grams of carbs added to each one. For this kind of treat and the health benefits included, I can sacrifice 3 grams.
3. It helps the consistency. Truffle batter is thick, honey only helps and adds to the rich denseness.
It’s always nice when a recipe we make is low carb, paleo and gluten-free!
If you want to keep this ultra low carb, consider using Stevia sweetened chocolate like Lily’s brand and sweeten with erythritol. I’d suggest dissolving the erythritol in the warm cream to ensure the truffles are nice and smooth inside.
And if you’re strictly paleo and don’t eat/drink heavy cream, consider adding a well blended avocado to act as a creamy binder in this recipe!
You can keep the recipe nice and simple and use the bare essentials: chocolate, sweetener, and cream.
In my recipe I added vanilla to contrast the deep chocolate flavors, cinnamon to add warmth and some kick, and salt to bring out the sweetness. Consider adding mint, or orange zest, more salt or even chili! Let’s face it, chocolate goes well with anything. Chocolate covered bacon anyone?
As for the coating, I used cocoa powder, but you can also use crushed nuts (finely crushed, and pressed on the surface while the truffles aren’t too hard), shredded coconut, or just dip them into a different chocolate! Drizzle these homemade truffles with peanut butter, coconut butter, or white chocolate for extra impress points.
Next time I make these, you better believe I’m adding some nuts to the center of these!
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