Spiced chocolate & orange truffles (raw & nut free)

It's getting late in the week and it's time for a bit of a treat methinks. Today I made these dreamy truffles for a dear friend who is working very hard at the moment and deserves some deliciousness in her life. I used beautiful warming spices to give the chocolate flavour some complexity and orange zest for brightness. You'll love them.

I chose to make the truffles totally nut free. It's easy to get in the habit of using the same ingredients over and over (me and almonds) and I think a healthy diet should include lots of variation. Sunflower and sesame seeds are both loaded with goodness and healthy fats. I've used only dates for sweetness. These will kill a chocolate cravings in seconds and are good for you. Two birds, one stone: happiness.

Would be great for children who attend nut free schools or have nut allergies.

Whatever your reason for making these, you will be very happy you did. 

Raw spiced chocolate & orange zest truffles

1 1/2 cups dates - soaked in warm water for 10 mins prior and drained well

2 cups sunflower seeds - I soak my seeds overnight prior to using. This is optional.

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from one vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp Heilala vanilla powder

Zest of one orange

Pinch of sea salt

2 Tbsp melted coconut oil or butter

1/4 cup cocoa or raw cacao powder 

(2 Tbsp chia seeds or  1 1/2 Tbsp psyllium husk powder if soaking seeds prior to making)

Place the sunflower seeds into a food processor and blitz until they resemble a fine crumb. This make take a minute or two.

Add the remaining ingredients. Run the food processor (taking frequent breaks so the motor doesn't burn out) until the ingredients are completly combined and the mixture has a smoothish texture. This will take a few minutes. Be patient and scrape the sides frequently.

Roll teaspoon sized portions of mixture into balls and dust with cocoa.

Place in the freezer for at least an hour to set.

Store in the fridge or freezer.

Enjoy x