It is already well-known fact that chocolate is far from being the best food you can add to your diet, but sometimes its taste is difficult to resist, even for health-conscious individuals. The good news is that there is a type of chocolate which satisfies your chocolate cravings and improves your diet at the same time. As you may already guess, we are talking about dark chocolate.
Reasons to Go Dark
According to an article published in authoritynutrition.com, dark chocolate is rich in nutrients (such fiber, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese) that can significantly improve your overall health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the foods with the highest amount of antioxidants. Many recent studies have also found that dark chocolate (not the sugary option) can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Other health benefits of dark chocolate include:
- Increases blood flow and reduces blood pressure
- Raises the levels of good cholesterol
- Reduces insulin resistance
- Protect the skin from sun damage
- Helps improve brain function
After we learned more in-depth information regarding the health benefits of dark chocolate, we will present you a recipe for chocolate truffles that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but will also boost your magnesium levels, reduce your stress, and help normalize your blood sugar levels. This version is vegan, gluten-free, and has all of the health-boosting properties of coconut oil (including medium-chain triglycerides and lauric acid)
The Recipe for Chocolate Truffles with Coconut Oil
Serves: 24 truffles
Total time: 2 1/2 hours
You will need the following ingredients:
- 12 ounces of unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped
- ¼ cup of coconut Oil
- ¾ cup of coconut milk (full fat)
- 1 tsp of alcohol-free vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp of sea salt
- Maple syrup or honey to taste
For the coating:
- ½ cup cocoa powder, or coconut flakes, or silvered almonds
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together using a double boiler, while stirring continuously. Then, add the coconut milk and whisk until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Remove the mixture from heat, then add the vanilla, salt, and a little bit of honey (or maple syrup).
- Let the mixture cool for two hours.
- After that, scoop a spoonful of the mixture (using a tablespoon), roll into a ball and then roll in a coating of your choice.
- Place the finished truffles in the refrigerator and let them cool for at least 10 minutes, then serve.
- Store the truffles in a cool place.
Nutritional facts per 1 serving without coating or sweetener
Calories 96 • Fat 10 g • Fiber 6.9 g • Protein 2 g • Carbohydrate 5 g • Sodium 22 mg