Chocolate Almond Truffle Bites

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Can you believe that half the year is already gone, where has the time gone. We are fully into the swing of our summer holidays. That means endless days of conjuring up activities to keep the kids entertained. Challenging in 40 plus degree (celsius) heat. Nonetheless I do enjoy it when the kids are on holidays because it means I'm not rushing around to get them ready for school. So it's a leisurely morning where we roam around in our pyjamas playing, eating and dancing. When afternoon beckons it's time for some baking or making a beeline for the pool. The only respite in this killing heat.

I've been meaning to share these Truffles for a long time, they are incredibly satisfying. It's a grown up snack that saves you reaching for a sugar laden bar of chocolate whenever the craving strikes. I find it bides me over till lunch or dinner. And they are the perfect portable snack, I packed a couple for the flight to Sydney and they served me well. Plus they are hands down the easiest snack to make, a bonus when juggling through family life.

Chocolate Almond Truffle Bites

4 tbsp of almond butter (not the smooth as I like abit of texture)
4 tbsp cacao powder (sifted) plus extra for dusting
4 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp coarsely grinded cacao nibs
1-2 tsp warm water or as needed
Dessicated (unsweetened)coconut for dusting
Crushed toasted almond flakes for dusting

Combine the almond butter, sifted cacao powder, maple syrup and cacao nibs in a bowl. If it's too dry a mix, add some of the almond butter oil from the jar and/or 1-2 tsp warm water. The almond butter should not be too dry otherwise it will be difficult to mix. I sometimes get in there and knead it so it comes together like a piece of dough.

Once thoroughly mixed, roll it into a long sausage shape and break off a piece at a time to shape into an even sized ball. Depending on the piece you should wind up with 12-14 small truffles, unless you prefer slightly larger rounds.

Ensure that each truffle ball is slightly moist before rolling in either the crushed almond flakes, dessicated coconut or sifted cacao powder otherwise the topping won't stick. If the truffle balls are dry you can lightly brush them with some warm water before rolling in the toppings.