When I think of the words ‘decadent’ and ‘indulgent,’ I think of truffles. Those words sound perfect for a regal-sounding dessert, the type that is presented in a golden box with a scarlet ribbon. Call me naive, but I have never seen ice cream or a trifle in a such a container.
Truffles are special for Valentine’s day, Mother’s day, birthdays, any special day. The only problem is their unhealthy ingredients. I’m not going to mention the fattening butters and sugars because it’s a known concept that nobody gains weight by birthdays, right?!
You don’t have to convince yourself that bogus claim is real to have your truffles and eat them too without the guilt, and bodily pain, afterward. Here is the solution. Do you have a gold box and scarlet ribbon available?
The No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Truffles
3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup xylitol powder
1/2 cup sweetened condensed coconut milk
1/4 melted grass-fed butter
2 cups dark chocolate chips for the coating
Mix the coconut, xylitol powder, condensed coconut milk, and melted butter in a bowl.
Using your hands, form the coconut mixture into small balls.
Place on a lined baking sheet and freeze until hard, about two hours.
Melt the dark chocolate chips in a double-boiler.
Dip the coconut balls into the chocolate and place back onto the sheet and freeze for about 15 minutes for the chocolate to harden.
For an extra fancy flair, drizzle elegant designs on the cold truffles with more melted chocolate. (1)
The Benefits of Dark Chocolate
As you sink your teeth into these sumptuous truffles, remember that pure, dark chocolate is good for you in small quantities. It is rich in antioxidants and flavanols which protect the body from damaging free radicals, promotes heart health, and reduces the risk of cancer.
Remember to use unprocessed dark chocolate usually found in health food stores. Most commercial brands mellow the strong bitter flavor in chocolate with alkalizing, fermenting, roasting, and adding milk and sugar. This destroys the flavanols and prevents our bodies to from absorbing the benefits, leaving the unhealthy effects of the ingredients and additives.
A study in the Annal of Internal Medicine found that ordinary plain chocolate has a mere 43% flavanol-containing cocoa. The rest is junk. Milk chocolate has only 30%, and the average candy bar has a pathetic 15%. This small percentage won’t even be absorbed by the body since the milk and other ingredients interfere with the process.
Stick to minimally processed dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content to reap the most powerful antioxidants with barely any sugar. (2)
If your sweet tooth is as intense as mine, you can also make your own chocolate bars to enjoy birthdays, Valentine’s day, or a spontaneous treat, without destroying your health! Once I had tasted my own chocolate bar, it cannot even compare to manufactured kind. It settles cravings instead of intensifying them!
Remember to sample the coconut truffles first! Save it for yourself or give it as a gift in a golden box with a scarlet ribbon. Someone will be very happy to receive it! You can also share this post with someone who should make these truffles for YOU!
(1) Giovanna Bolderini. These No-Bake Truffles Are The Perfect Treat For Coconut Lovers. http://www.littlethings.com/coconut-cream-truffles-vcom/?utm_source=LTcom&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=foodhacks Accessed: October 11, 2016.
(2) Dr. Axe. Why is Chocolate Healthy? https://draxe.com/healthy-chocolate/ Accessed: October 13.