15 September, 2016
Spirulina And Coconut Chocolate Truffles
Here’s another recipe for delicious and healthy raw truffles. This time I’m adding some Hawaiian spirulina powder.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae used as a dietary supplement as well as a whole food. It’s rich in protein (about 60% of dried spirulina is protein), B vitamins, antioxidants and minerals like iron and manganese. This makes it very beneficial for our immune system and heart health.
For this recipe we also need some dates, cocoa or cacao powder, shredded coconut and some nuts of your choice. You also need some more cocoa or cacao powder, spirulina and shredded coconut to cover the truffles.
If you don’t want to use nuts, you can replace them with some more shredded coconut or seeds of your choice. There are also two options regarding nuts. If you want to have a more homogeneous mixture, grind the nuts first and then add the other ingredients. I wanted to have bigger pieces so I put the nuts last. Also, you can put oats instead of the nuts and the shredded coconut – it’s up to you.
It’s my first time trying spirulina, so I was a bit skeptical and I put just a tablespoon or two into the mixture, but it turned out to be much better than I expected. Actually, on the second day when all flavors are well mixed up, the combination of spirulina, coconut, cocoa powder and dates has really special aroma. Especially the truffles that were rolled in spirulina powder – somehow their aroma reminds me of flowers.
Spirulina is a bit tricky to incorporate into your meals, but I think the raw truffles are a perfect way to consume this superfood.
- ½ cup of dates
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- ½ cup of nuts of your choice (Cashew nuts in my case)
- 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa or cacao powder
- 2-3 tablespoons of spirulina
- Some drinking water to soak the dates
Soak your dates in water for a few hours. Then take them out of the water, put them in the food processor and mash them well. Add your spirulina and your cocoa/cacao powder and mix everything well. Then add the shredded coconut and the nuts and process again. Your mixture should look something like dough. Add some of the date water or some more shredded coconut if needed, and process again.
Start shaping small balls out of the mixture and roll them in some shredded coconut, cocoa powder or spirulina powder.
Put them in the fridge for a few hours, although you can eat them straight away. However, they taste better the longer they stay in the fridge.
That’s all: enjoy your healthy snack!
Read also: Why And How To Eat Spirulina
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