Vegan, Raw, Gluten-free, Technically not Nut-Free* (see below)
It’s hard for most people to understand why raw foods are so great. The first thing I always say, is to try the desserts. Just start exploring every new items that present itself to you, and you will discover a new world of indulgence.
Start with raw desserts, get seduced by raw desserts, indulge in raw desserts and just go crazy in raw desserts for a little while, while you live your best life ever…. 🙂
Raw desserts or should I say treats are just at another level and to be honest, when you have had them, no other desserts or treats can match or even come close…. when you have had the real thing, you just want more….
Today I have made one of my favorite treats – Raw Cacao Truffles…. I hand-crafted each truffle. I put a lot of work and love into my truffles, and always add a special secret touch, (which I can’t reveal :)). I only use top organic and raw ingredients, nothing else will do. Yes, these truffles are divine, and here’s how you can make raw cacao truffles yourself.
- Raw cacao Powder from Peru or Bali
- Cacao butter
- Raw Agave Nectar (blonde version 🙂
- Raw Vanilla beans
- Organic Vanilla Extract
- Coconut, shredded (un-sweetened)
- Himalayan Salt
Shred the cacao butter and mix with cacao powder, vanilla powder, vanilla extract salt and agave. Taste for a unique flavor. Roll the truffles in shredded coconut, hemp seeds, raw cacao powder or licorice powder…. the choices are many! 🙂
* A pineapple is not an apple and cauliflower is not a flower…. but somehow the FDA has decided that coconut is a nut, even though it has nothing to do with either cocoa or nuts. Coconuts are not nuts but a drupe. Genetically speaking coconuts are not a tree-nuta, but a drupe, like other so-called nuts, but it has now been categorized as such, which makes it impossible to call any foods nut-free when they contain coconut.
From wikipedia: In botany, a drupe is a fruit in which an outer fleshy part (exocarp, or skin; and mesocarp, or flesh) surrounds a shell (the pit or stone) of hardened endocarp with a seed inside. These fruits develop from a single carpel, and mostly from flowers with superior ovaries. The definitive characteristic of a drupe is that the hard, lignified stone (or pit) is derived from the ovary wall of the flower.
Some flowering plants that produce drupes are coffee, jujube, mango, olive, most palms (including date, coconut and oil palms), pistachio and all members of the genus Prunus, including the almond (in which the mesocarp is somewhat leathery), apricot, cherry, damson, nectarine, peach, and plum.