How do you know when you’ve died and gone to heaven? When you taste this raw chocolate truffle recipe! These raw maca + hemp chocolate truffles are purely delicious. My husband Noah is extremely talented at working with raw cacao, and whipped this batch together in 5 minutes, what a sweetie…literally!
It’s All a Matter of Consistency: Working with Coconut Oil & Cacao
What my husband has taught me about making these chocolate truffles is that it’ really hard to follow or give people an exact recipe because the factors effecting the recipe are always different every time. Factors like quality of ingredients change, even factors like room temperature affect the recipe. So in order to become skilled at working with food, it’s best to learn to use intuition and also learn about consistencies.
With making these particular raw chocolate truffles, it’s really just about going for consistency. We’re working with 2 main ingredients here: coconut oil and cacao. We’re working with a liquid – coconut oil (that can also be manipulated with temperature to be more solid if we need it to). And we’re working with a powder: the cacao powder. So if it’s too liquidy, adding chocolate powder will help solidify. If it’s really sticky, then add a little more coconut oil.
The consistency that you want is a solid enough mix so that you can pick up the batter in your hand and roll a ball with it. Sometimes if I want a chocolate truffle and I can’t handle adding any more cacao (as it’s a highly stimulating ingredient!) then I like to add another solid – a superfood powder into the mix, like maca, lucuma or mesquite powder, or even hemp seeds, as a solid ingredient to make the truffles more workable in my hand. And depending on what sweetener you use, you will either be adding more solid (coconut sugar for example) or a liquid (honey – which is what my husband used for this recipe).
You can also make the batter more workable in your hand by working with temperature. It’s amazing how fast coconut oil can harden in the fridge or freezer for just a few minutes. As it hardens and firms up it will be easier to work with the texture and form a ball with it in your hand.
Does that sound like a pretty good explanation about truffle consistency? It’s really not that hard at all…and it’s definitely not rocket science! Play with it, experiment, that’s half the fun of being in the kitchen!
All that being said about the recipe…its time for the (approximate) raw chocolate truffle recipe.
Raw Maca Chocolate Truffles Recipe
This recipe makes a small batch of 8-10 truffles – for those times that you don’t want too much chocolate hanging around!
- Place about ¼ cup of raw cacao powder in a bowl
- Add a small pinch of finely ground salt (UPDATE: I no longer use salt in my recipes. Why? Because I never knew how much was actually affecting my weight. Want to know more? I wrote a whole free report on it. Want to read it? Click here to get my free download on salt.)
- Add a ½ teaspoon of maca powder
- Add in sweetener of choice until you reach desired sweetness, in this recipe we used raw organic, local honey, and we added in a about 2-3 teaspoons of honey. If you use something like coconut sugar, then you might need to compensate with a little more coconut oil. Agave not my sweetener of choice but if you have that and want to use that, then you don’t need as much as it’s very sweet.
- Mix it all together.
- Then start slowly adding coconut oil, mixing with a fork until you start to reach that consistency we just discussed.
- Add a splash of vanilla extract
- Add in a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds.
- Mix all together
- When you get the consistency to a solid enough that you can place the mixture in the palm of your hand and roll them into balls.
- Place balls on a tray and sprinkle with maca powder
- Place in fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes
- Remove from fridge and wait a couple of minutes before eating them.
And enjoy these yummy raw maca chocolate truffles!
PS: In addition to salt, I also rarely eat oils. I used to think that “good” oils were totally ok to eat, but I was in for a big surprise when I discovered the truth about oils and wrote this article: Are oils really a health food? That being said, I do still love the rare occasional “treat”! These raw chocolate truffles are super rich so small indulgences can go a long way.
Noah & Laura Dawn
Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii