Have you ever wanted a quick, classy dessert to contribute to a potluck or give as a hostess gift? Truffles are an elegant, bite-sized dessert, and the great variety of recipes available ensures there is a truffle for every taste and occasion. These Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles combine a few of our favorite flavors: salt and chocolate, almonds, and vanilla. This Paleo treat does not contain dairy or refined sugar, so don’t feel too bad when you’re tempted to enjoy more than one truffle at a time. Make sure you have some strawberries, bananas, or extra almonds on hand to dip in the leftover melted chocolate.
Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles – Makes 10 medium-sized truffles
1 cup raw almonds or 1 cup pre-made almond butter
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt + more for garnish
1 teaspoon finely ground coffee
about 4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped almond slivers
If you are using raw almonds, pulse almonds in a food processor until they turn into almond butter (be patient–it happens!). If you are using pre-made almond butter, simply measure it into the bowl of a food processor. Once butter has formed, add honey, vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and coffee. Pulse until evenly combined.
Cover a plate with parchment paper. Form almond butter mixture into balls of about one inch diameter and place on parchment. Now, make a double boiler by filling a pot halfway with water. Heat it over medium and place a glass or metal bowl on top. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the water. Put chocolate in the bowl and melt, stirring frequently, until completely smooth.
One by one, drop almond butter balls into chocolate. Turn to coat evenly and remove with tongs. Top with sea salt and small morsels of almond. Store truffles in the refrigerator or freezer.
Source: adapted from the Food Lovers’ Primal Palate