Toasted coconut truffles (dairy-free)

February 13, 2012 · 7 comments

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If I were the type of food blogger that had my s— together, I would’ve posted this last week, or at the very least yesterday, giving think-ahead readers time to incorporate these little chocolate numbers into their Valentine’s Day plans (if they so desired).

But alas, that’s not how I roll. It’s not that I don’t wish to roll that way, it’s just the genes allowing for the ability to plan things and be on time and keep my house dust-free somehow missed me, or got eaten by the genes that allow for meticulously planning my errand-running around time to hop into the nearest thrift store (anywhere in this city, there is a thrift store within a 2-mile radius — it’s like degrees of separation for junking).

Do genes eat genes? Oh, how I hated chemistry.

Anyway, today *is* Valentine’s Day, as you can plainly see by the pink heart paper I chose for my truffle photo shoot. Without a drop of irony.

But even if it wasn’t, I’d likely be writing about these truffles. Because they are the first chocolate I’ve had since December. And I discovered that when a woman has been without chocolate for almost 6 weeks, the first chocolate she consumes pretty much puts her in a state not unlike the guy who saw the double rainbow.

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These truffles are darkly chocolate — and while not as smooth and creamy as a dairy-laden version, at the right temperature they are pretty much perfect (they get a bit chalky when too cold, so I like to let them sit at room temp before eating). And since they are made with raw cocoa powder, coconut oil & cream, and sweetened only with honey, I can eat them while on the GAPS diet. And I don’t mind if my kids have a few as well (assuming they find them, hidden in the way-back of the refrigerator, behind all those jars of cultured vegetables).

The original idea for the recipe came from one of Cara’s meal plans, and then it was tweaked by my friend Jen (who’s been doing the GAPS diet with me). I’m pretty much doing what Jen did, only using toasted coconut rather than cocoa powder as coating. You can roll the chocolate in whatever suits you — cocoa powder, finely-crushed nuts, or if you’re not avoiding sugar, just about anything.

Or, you could roll them in nothing at all, and instead just eat the chocolate right out of the food processor, trying to calculate how many truffles’-worth of chocolate you ate after licking the spatula clean. Not that I would know anything about that sort of utter lack of control.

Because the control genes? Those, I unfortunately kept.

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Recipe: Toasted Coconut Truffles (dairy-free)

: Use only high-quality cocoa, as it lends all the flavor. The cocoa butter is a bit of an obscure ingredient, so optional — but lends an extra creaminess and stability at warmer temps.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup high-quality cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp espresso powder or instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa butter, melted (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (the thick cream on top of a can of full-fat coconut milk, or I like this from Wilderness Family Naturals)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the cocoa powder, salt, and espresso powder just until combined.
  2. Add the coconut oil, honey, cocoa butter, vanilla, and coconut cream to the food processor.
  3. Process until mixture is smooth. Place bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes, or until the chocolate hardens up enough to roll into balls.
  4. Meanwhile, toast the coconut very briefly in a toaster oven or under the broiler (this should only take a couple minutes, watch it very closely as it burns very quickly).
  5. Roll the chocolate into 1″ balls, then roll in toasted coconut. Store in refrigerator, but serve at room temperature.

Copyright © Katy Carter, 2012.

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Sacha February 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

Genes eating genes (or not) is biology, not chemistry. Wow, you really are science-averse.

Also, you have your s— together in many other ways. Really.

katy February 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

The funny part is that sometimes I love science. Like when it has to do w/ food.

Biology, schmiology (though I *did* marry a biologist…)

And thanks. I suppose we do choose our s—- -gathering ways, don’t we?

Jennie Rader February 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Oooo, the toasted coconut is a great idea! MMmmmmm

katy February 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

it’s a good texture!

Nancy February 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Okay, I just laughed until I was crying and coughing like a sealion (because I also have a chest cold) over the whole double rainbow guy comment. I just imagined you eating a truffle and having that reaction there in your kitchen and I was gone. That, plus the fact that I can completely understand that feeling about chocolate. I gave it up for Lent once and Easter Sunday was a whole different kind of religious experience. My mother ever after told me if I was on a diet, “Please don’t give up chocolate. You kind of need it.” Like maybe I’m not so nice of a person without it. ANYway, I may just have to try this one out. It looks divine. I’ll give you some privacy now with your truffles.

katy February 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I’m so glad that comparison was not lost on everyone — I had a good chuckle too, imagining myself acting like that guy.

My friend Jen said she heard that some people, after going a long time without, just don’t like it when they have it again. I’m not the same species as those people. And would argue that they might not even *be* people.

The Cozy Herbivore February 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Oh my goodness, these look decadent. And I completely sympathize with you about the lack of planning gene… I, too had a lovely Valentine’s Day post planned and, try as I might, I just couldn’t get my shit together to post it in time. There’s always next year, right? And St. Patrick’s Day is coming right up… sigh.

ANYWAY. As someone who has been surrounded by nothing but truffles for the past month (the downside of working in a candy shop around Valentine’s) and recently swore that she would be happy not to see another for 10 years, I must say yours look amazing. Most especially because they are dairy-free and use such health-supportive ingredients, but also because they still look completely decadent. Kudos!

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