Monday, 16 December 2013

Almond truffles..

So since it's Christmas, we all like to treat ourselves... there are tins of Roses & Quality Streets everywhere, and we tend to overindulge mainly due to snacking on empty calories. 

A quick search yields the following nutritional information for 1 Roses chocolate: 48 calories, 3g fat, 6g carbs (5g from sugar) & 0 protein. Now that's not very nutritious! Who eats one chocolate??? C'mon... be honest... 

So wouldn't it be great to find an alternative... a chocolate that is rich & chocolatey, not overly sweet and actually provides some real nutrition...(AND contains less calories per sweet than a Rose!.... ok it's 1 calorie less... and no, I didn't plan that!)... Not possible right?? Wrong.... 

I give you my healthy (Paleo & Primal friendly) almond truffles :) 

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp Keen almond butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp raw organic honey (if you prefer a sweeter chocolate)
  • 15 whole almonds
Add coconut oil, almond butter, cocoa powder & honey to a heatproof glass bowl over gently simmering water. 

Stir constantly until you have a smooth glossy chocolate. 

Remove from the heat carefully. Make sure you don't allow any moisture into the mixture or the chocolate will seize and become grainy. 

Pour into silicone chocolate moulds (you can pick these up in Dunnes or TK Maxx for very little... a silicone ice cube tray works just as well) 

Drop 1 whole almond into each chocolate (this recipe makes 15). 

Allow to set in the fridge for 2-3 hours before carefully removing from the moulds. 

Nutritional Info: 
  • Calories: 47
  • Fat: 4.6g 
  • Carbs: 1.6g (1.2g from sugar)
  • Protein: 0.8g

Lower sugar & calories, lots of healthy fat and a tiny bit of protein... best of all, you know exactly what's in them.... no nasty chemicals for me over Christmas :) 

These are quite rich too so you're not going to be tempted to eat near as many as you would if it was a tin of Roses! 

YUM! :) 

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