Dark Chocolate Truffles with Gogi Berries

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Vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, and gluten-free eaters rejoice! Here is a great treat that everyone will love for year round pleasure. Easy to make and fun to eat, these sensational dark chocolate truffles are made of nutrient rich super foods. They are my daily supplement for health, vitality, and pleasure. This possibly addictive, homemade chocolate confection will enhance your energy, stamina, libido, and make you smile.

Made with cacao butter and cacao powder, cacao is a great source of magnesium, iron, fiber and other essential minerals. (Cacao powder is simply cocoa powder that wasn’t subjected to high heat during processing, so it is technically a raw food). In fact, almost all the ingredients in this recipe are raw except for the delightful touch of vanilla extract and maple syrup.

Maca, another key ingredient has a strong, yet, pleasing earthy, nutty flavor, a little bit goes a long way. Maca has been used for thousands of years to boost stamina, libido, enhance the immune system, and help combat stress. It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and healthy fats. The coconut oil gives the truffles creaminess without cholesterol and also offers many health benefits. A pinch of unrefined sea salt creates a balanced flavor and supplies more trace minerals. Rolling the truffles in hemp seeds, gogi berries, and shredded coconut is my current favorite combination. Hemp seeds are a complete protein and also rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. Goji berries, revered in Chinese medicine for promoting health, vitality, stamina, and longevity are loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, iron, and beta-carotene.

Dark Chocolate Truffles with Gogi Berries, Also known as Cacao Maca Truffles with Hemp Seeds

Makes 12-15 walnut size balls

1 cup grated raw cacao butter
1 cup raw cacao powder
¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil
6 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ to 1 teaspoon maca powder
Pinch of unrefined sea salt
¼ cup gogi berries or a combination of gogi berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, chopped hazelnuts or shredded coconut

Blend the cacao, cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and maca, and salt in food processor. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if desired.

Shape into walnut sized balls. Put the gogi berries, and/or ground hazelnuts, cacao nibs, or shredded coconut on a large flat plate and roll balls in them. Eat immediately or store in a jar on the counter.

Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet is a chef, expert in culinary nutrition, photographer, who teaches cooking nationwide and is the author of 5 cookbooks, most recently, Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook, and Going Wild in the Kitchen. Copyright Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet 2009. www.lesliecerier.com