Chocolate coconut truffles + a basic formula for raw (ish) truffles

This recipe I entirely made up to satisfy a craving I had for chocolate the other day. It’s not a craving I get often, but apparently writing a ten page paper the day before it’s due will do that to you. 😉

Anyway, this recipe is sort of similar to those awesome raw truffle recipes floating around the web, though it’s no longer raw since I added powdered sugar. This recipe is vegan, but if you are a strict vegan, some powdered sugars might not be for you. The easiest thing you can do is buy raw sugar and grind it up a bit in your food processor. This will give you the same texture as powdered sugar and will definitely be vegan!

Overall, these guys are (relatively) healthy! Especially compared to most of the dessert recipes floating around out there. Or the intensely sugary things you can get at many restaurants. You can even make these truffles healthier by toning down the sugar or trying it with honey or agave instead.

Here’s my favorite basic instructions for making raw (ish) truffles. Feel free to experiment with other ingredients as you wish! Some of the ingredients overlap categories (e.g., honey sweetens but can also help with binding), so some experimentation is necessary if you want to create your own truffles. If you find a great truffle combination, post it in the comments below!

Basic raw (ish) truffle formula
For solids: nuts, various seeds, oats, coconut, cocoa powder, various spices (e.g., orange zest)
For binding: peanut butter, vanilla extract, fruit juice, various fruit, applesauce
For sweetening: honey/agave, pure maple syrup, dates, cinnamon, sugar of choice
For coating: various sesame seeds, ground nuts, powdered sugar

  1. Add about 2 cups of solid ingredient(s) to food processor.
  2. While blending, add binding ingredient(s) until the consistency of cookie dough. It should be slightly sticky, but you should be able to form balls of dough with it. If it is too sticky, add more solid ingredient(s). If it will not stick together, add more binding ingredient(s).
  3. Taste and add sweetening ingredient(s) as desired, or not at all.
  4. Form in balls and roll in coating of choice. Put in refrigerator until firm (or sneak a few beforehand). 😉
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Chocolate coconut truffles 
2 cups cocoa powder
2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
3 tbsp applesauce
3/4 cup powdered sugar + more for dusting

  1. Add cocoa powder and coconut to  food processor.
  2. While blending, add applesauce a little at a time until the consistency of cookie dough (you may need a bit more or less than what I listed, I didn’t actually measure mine). It should be slightly sticky, but you should be able to form balls of dough with it. If it is too sticky, add more cocoa powder and/or coconut. If it will not stick together, add more applesauce.
  3. Taste and add powdered sugar as desired (you may not need as much as I put in.
  4. Form in balls and roll in a bowl with powdered sugar. Put in refrigerator until firm (or sneak a few beforehand). 😉
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