The week running up to Christmas can be one of calm and excitement if you have all your gifts wrapped and the food shop ordered, or one of sheer horror when you realise you need to buy everything now and that the price of turkey is higher than ever. A quick way to make a special gift for someone from the comfort of your home is to whip up a batch of indulgent treats that they’ll love and can’t put a price on other than time and care – Chocolate Truffles.
The ultimate messy treat to make but totally worth the deliciousness, especially if they’re made up of guilt free ingredients. Packed with natural cacao and coated with a lovely festive blend of flavour, these treats will go down perfectly for your foodie friends or fam, or served at your Christmas party as a cheeky snack after a drink.
Ingredients (makes 12)
50g Cocoa Butter | 4 Tbsps Cacao Powder | 2 Tbsps Coconut Oil | 2 Tsps Lucuma Powder | ¼ Tsp Vanilla Bean Paste | 6-7 Tbsps or 1/5 Pack of Coconut Cream | Sweetner of choice | 6-8 Tbsps Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
1. Weigh out the butter and oil and melt in a pan. You can get a Raw Chocolate starter pack from Choc Chick here, or simply replace the butter with Coconut Oil which you can find in most supermarkets including Sainsburys. When almost melted, turn the heat to the lowest setting and add in the Cacao Powder, mixing thoroughly until all combined.
2. Measure out the cream and whisk in the vanilla paste to knock back the coconut flavour. When combined, pour in the chocolate and add the lucuma powder and sweetener to taste.
3. To make the truffles as chocolaty as possible, use the Sweet Freedom sauce to add depth of flavour and thickness to the truffle mix, varying the amount to taste. I used around 8 tbsps to get a distinct chocolate edge rather than just a creamy melt-in-the-middle treat – although there’s nothing wrong with that 😉 Allow to set in the fridge until scoopable and firm.
4. Now the messy bit. You want to use a teaspoon to scoop out the desired size for the truffle, and due to the ingredients it will begin to melt a little, so scoop, squish together, shape, and then lightly cover in powder. I used a mix of cocoa powder and cinnamon, plus some icing sugar for the sweet tooths out there, but feel free to use chopped nuts or any other spices of your choice. Repeat until all the mix has been used, and don’t worry if it’s not neat, it looks more homemade! Present in a little case or in a bag, and voila, presents done!
These truffles literally melt in your mouth – in 6 seconds they go from solid balls of truffle goodness to liquid chocolate that melts down and leaves you wanting more. The key is to not coat the truffles in powder too much otherwise it’s an inconvenient Cinnamon Challenge circa 2012, and to get your mix of cream and chocolate just right for a creamy texture that sets firm.
If you like the idea of homemade chocolate, then try picking up the Choc Chick starter pack and give this Chocolate Bark recipe a go – a lovely easy present to make which tastes amazing (I’ve had several ‘yummy’ comments from this so you’re in good hands) and contains less of the processed ingredients in regular chocolate. Be the calm, cool, collected present giver this year, and melt away all truffled expectations with these delicious bites of goodness.
Are you a fan of Chocolate truffles? Have you got all your shopping done? How excited are you for Christmas?!
Lots of Love,