Before I put a new healthy recipe on this blog, I like to ask a few people to taste test. My favourite and most honest taste tester is my sister, Kirsten. She’s straight-up. Our taste buds are wildly different, so I know if she likes it, those who are new to healthier treats may just like it too.
I didn’t tell Kirsten what was in these healthy chocolate truffles. She guessed avocado. She was wrong. She made a few more attempts to guess the secret ingredient, all of which, were wrong. She finally said, “I don’t want to know.”
The Secret Ingredient
The secret ingredient in these homemade truffles is... Black Beans! (Has my blog’s exit rate just gone up?) Many of you may be familiar with the black bean brownie or the Shockingly Healthy! bean brownie. When pureed, beans only lend a creamy truffle-like and fudgy texture, without any bean taste. It’s a lot like a thick dark chocolate mousse.
A very simple truffle recipe, these globular dark chocolate bites come together in an instant. Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, low-allergen, flourless and 100% vegan chocolate truffles, that most importantly, taste incredibly decadent. While they’re best served cold, the truffles won’t melt at room temperature like traditional truffles, making them perfect for gifting.
These dairy-free dark chocolate truffles taste like you’ve added a pile of heavy cream (hold the cream). Coconut oil is the healthy fat used to help them melt in your mouth. But unlike heavy cream, coconut oil is a thermogenic food, helping to rev up the metabolism and is used by the body as a source of energy. Also unlike heavy cream, coconut oil is low-allergen and incredibly easy-to-digest -this, I know first hand, having the world’s worst digestion. Coconut oil is animal-friendly to boot.
Those with Celiac disease, like my sister (and #1 taste tester), Kirsten, are predisposed to lactose intolerance, due to a damaged small intestine. She simply can't digest it.
However, a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, stated that adherence to a gluten-free diet in patients with Celiac disease, for 12 months, helped to reverse lactose malabsorption, making a lactose-free, dairy-free diet unnecessary in the long-run. So, for all of my readers with Celiac disease, sticking to a gluten-free diet, may just allow you to eat the occasional bit of organic dairy more comfortably (of course, unless you're vegan).
Some may find that they can digest goat dairy products slightly better, but there’s still a heck of a lot of lactose in these products, and science is sketchy on whether it’s more easily digested than cow dairy. In fact, goat’s milk and cow’s milk both have a similar lactose content, about 4.7%, followed by sheep’s milk, with a 4.6% lactose content. So, proceed to eat goat and sheep’s dairy products with caution if you’re lactose intolerant. Luckily, these gourmet chocolate truffles contain none of the above.
High in fibre, protein, iron and magnesium, these truffles most certainly qualify as a healthy snack. I coated them in raw cacao, because it gives them an astringent edge, cutting the sweetness, and makes them look authentic (and pretty). Other coating options include cacao nibs, regular unsweetened cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate or chopped nuts.
You don’t have to tell your taste testers what’s in these secretly healthy dark chocolate truffles. Or, you can play a guessing game, which I like to do with everything I make -I receive a lot of pleasure out of that! Healthy or not, these may be the best chocolate truffles I’ve had in a long time.
Like the Healthy Dark Chocolate Pudding, these truffles would make a perfect pre or post-workout food, delivering protein and carbohydrates to your muscles. You’ll also avert the sugar crash, as they’re low-glycemic.
Feed these dark chocolate truffles to someone you love this Valentine’s Day, or keep them all to yourself. Either way, they’re something a little different and “confusingly delicious.”*
*These are made with beans, so maybe don’t eat too many on Valentine’s Day. Wink wink.