Not all chocolate truffles are bad for your teeth, figure and overall health. You don’t have to turn your back on perhaps some of the most irresistible goodies on the planet especially if they are made of dark chocolate. What could be better than dark chocolate truffles available on the market? Dark chocolate truffles made in your own kitchen with your own hands!
Whether you are a pro at making chocolate-y desserts or you have never tried your hands on making sweet treats, coming up with your own dark chocolate truffles is easy. The results are yummy saccharine gems that are packed with powerful antioxidants necessary for the protection of healthy cells against the wrath of free radicals.
Especially if you are a vegan or you suffer from lactose intolerance, you will be glad to know that the dark chocolate truffle recipe which will be shared later on is absolutely dairy-free! This means you can indulge yourself without feeling guilty or suffering from unfavorable symptoms later on.
Before we start checking out the really easy recipe, let us first spend some time tackling some of the benefits of eating chocolates, in particular dark chocolates that will be used for the recipe below. Did you know that aside from tasting heavenly, dark chocolates are also packed with a lot of health goodness?
• Dark chocolates raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol in the process.
• These mouth-watering treats help maintain normal blood pressure and lower your risk of hart disease.
• Eating them may help improve brain function, according to several studies.
• They are packed with antioxidants that suppress inflammation, which is linked to various diseases.
• Antioxidants in dark chocolates help keep your skin young and healthy, and protect it from sun damage too.
• Studies have shown that consuming them may help you lose weight because they suppress the appetite.
• Dark chocolates help lift your mood, letting you combat depression naturally.
Indeed, these health benefits are clear signs that you should not completely turn your back on chocolates! The key is to opt for the dark kinds which are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, without containing lots of sugar.
As promised, below is the super easy recipe on making healthy dark chocolate truffles in your very own kitchen. This particular recipe yields about 25 truffles that you and your loved ones can enjoy.
- 300 grams dark chocolate (consisting of at least 70% cocoa)
- 230 grams coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoons of salt
- Cocoa powder or desiccated coconut
- Chop up your dark chocolate chunks and place them in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in your virgin coconut oil and salt.
- In a saucepan, boil your coconut milk.
- Immediately pour on the dark chocolate chunks. Stir very well. This is called the ganache.
- Allow to cool for a while and cover the bowl with cling wrap. Stash in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
- For best results, it is a good idea to perform procedures 1 to 5 the night before you whip up your truffles.
- Take the bowl out of the fridge.
- Get your hands on a large serving plate. Place your cocoa powder or desiccated coconut on it.
- Using a spoon, scoop out a small amount of ganache and place on the palm of one hand.
- Roll the ganache into a ball using the palms of your hands.
- Repeat until you have turned the entire batch of ganache into small balls.
- Roll each of the balls on your cocoa powder or desiccated coconut. Place on a serving plate.
- Cover the serving plate with cling wrap and place in the fridge for several minutes.
- Once already hard, delight everyone with your homemade dark chocolate truffles.