Whether or not you celebrate Valentine's Day, most of us are probably good with an excuse to enjoy some chocolate.
If you are not big into cooking, but love to eat and to eat well, then check out these two super eAZy recipes! Both are paleo, raw vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free!
PALEO CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
I like to make the whole thing once and then eat the truffles over the next few weeks. I find them so satisfying that I can easily eat just two at a time and stop.
1 Cup raw cacao powder, plus 1/4 cup for rolling
1 Cup medjool dates, pitted. Do NOT buy already pitted dates
3/4 Cup coconut nectar
1/2 Cup coconut manna (not oil) by Nutiva®
1/2 Vanilla bean
1/2 Teaspoons sea salt
Place vanilla bean in food processor or Vitamix® with 1 cup cacao and blend until the bean is chopped. Add the rest of ingredients except coconut nectar and process until chocolate mass if formed. Slowly add coconut nectar and process to mix well.
Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate or freeze for 30 minutes.
When cooled, roll a small amount of the mixture into a ball in your hand, then brush with the reserved cacao powder so the truffle is not sticky outside. Makes 14-15 servings of 1-ounce truffles.
PALEO RAW VEGAN BROWNIE
This is a rich and good-for-you brownie that is high in essential fatty acids - Omega-3, protein and fiber. I like to think of this recipe as almost-a-health food!
2 Cups raw walnuts
1.5 Cups medjool dates, pitted by hand. Do NOT buy already pitted dates
1 Cup raw cacao powder
1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
Process in food processor with an S-blade for 2-3 minutes until well-blended. Place the dough in a small pan and push down with your hands. The dough should be about 1/2 inch thick. Cut in squares and enjoy.
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