Easy homemade truffles
These rich, indulgent truffles look and taste amazing, and believe it or not, they’re not as tricky to make as you might think. Coating them in melted chocolate at the end is about as difficult as it gets! Hence the ‘easy’ part of the name.
They are perfect as a special occasion kind of treat; think Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or Easter. I think giving a homemade gift like these truffles makes the recipient feel special too.
This truffle recipe is a bit different from my usual “healthier versions” type of recipe. But you know I believe in moderation and that food shouldn’t be labelled as “good” or “bad.” There are just some foods you should eat more of, and some that you should eat less often.
A little bit is good for you
I believe that when you do indulge, you should enjoy it without any feelings of guilt or remorse. Incorporating treats into your meal planning is a good strategy for staying in control of your eating plan.
We know now that if you tell yourself something is ‘off limits’ your subconscious brain will take that as a signal that you want to eat it. No matter how disciplined you are, or how strong you think your will power is, you’re no match for your brain when it wants something!
It’s best not to have lists of foods that you’re allowed, or not allowed. If you need to categorise foods, think of some, like fruit, vegies, whole grains & good fats, as foods that you eat every day. And think of others, like processed and refined junk food, as occasional foods.
If you feel like you lose control or go overboard more often than you’d like, then read this article for my best tips on DEALING WITH TEMPTATION.
It’s very important to use really good quality ingredients, especially when it comes to chocolate. Cheap chocolate usually contains less cacao powder, more sugar and more artificial additives.
So when you make these truffles, please us really good quality dark chocolate, that’s at least 70% cocoa. Read more about why that’s important in my MAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHY CHOCOLATE post.
Have you got your copy of my Guilt-free Desserts & Snacks recipe book yet? It’s perfect for delicious, homemade treats & gifts that are made with wholesome ingredients.
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Now let’s get to the truffle recipe!
EASY CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
- 200 g dark chocolate, chopped (minimum 70% cocoa)
- 150 ml double cream
- Orange rind, chopped nuts, dried fruit, your favourite liqueur, such as Cointreau, whatever you would like in your truffle centres
- Cocoa or cacao powder, dessicated coconut, or extra melted dark chocolate for dusting/coating
- Break the chocolate into small pieces and combine with the cream in a medium sized bowl. Heat over a saucepan of simmering water. Keep the heat low and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and you have a smooth mixture.
- Remove from the heat, stir in your desired filling such as chopped nuts, or orange rind and Cointreau.
- Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes, until the mixture is firm, but not completely set.
- Remove from the fridge and roll into balls. Place on a tray lined with baking paper and put the truffles back into the fridge for another hour.
- Coat the truffles by rolling in dessicated coconut, cocoa powder or melted chocolate and put back in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set.
**NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION IS ESTIMATED AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS A GUIDE.
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