Posts tagged ‘chocolate truffles’

January 24, 2013

Two Moms In The Raw- Healthy Chocolate Truffles

by jem614

I’ve been super hungry the last two days, I’m not sure what is going on but I want to eat everything in site!  At lunchtime today, I went out to get something at the local health food store and found these wonderful little Chocolate Truffles.

Two Moms1

Two Moms2

A couple of things about these truffles that are positive:

1. They are packed full of nutritious goodies.
2. They aren’t sickly sweet, just a tad sweet- this is something I would feel great giving my child (when he’s old enough).
3. They are raw so you don’t have to worry about losing any nutrients in the process, you get everything that God created them to be packed into a tight little ball.

The not so positive (but not really negative):

1. I was really hoping for something healthy but junky, if you know what I mean!  These truffles are barely sweetened and I wanted something delectable and sweet.  I was thinking of a healthy version of Ferrero Roche.
2. They are really high calorie.  Because these truffles are packed with nutrient density, each one (3 in a pack) of these small round balls packs a whopping 140 calories and 10g of fat. That’s almost 12 WW points per package!  I ate one and threw out the rest.  Not worth wasting my points on something healthy but high calorie.

All in all, probably a great-sometime- snack but not something you could afford to eat regularly.  And make sure you share it with two friends so you don’t get the calorie punch.

If you decide to check them out, you can find them here or at your local health food store:

September 27, 2011

Brazilian Brigadeiros (Chocolate Bonbons) Veganized

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

There is seldom a party in Brazil without these tiny rounds of chocolately goodness, but as they are traditionally made almost entirely of condensed milk, they certainly weren’t something vegans could indulge in. This recipe attempts to capture the rich taste and texture without the dairy. It took a few tries before I came out with a version good enough to serve alongside the original, however the results were definitely worth the work.

You will need to either start a day in advance or set aside a few hours to make these, as I wasn’t able to find vegan condensed milk in my local Whole Foods. If you are able to find (or have some made ahead) vegan condensed milk, then skip the first part of the recipe and start right with heating the condensed milk and adding cocoa.

Ingredients for vegan condensed milk:

3 cups dairy-free milk (I’ve used almond milk here)

¼ cup water

1 tblsp vegetable-based margarine

1 tblsp sugar

Ingredients for Brigadeiros:

2 tblsp cocoa drink mix

1 tblsp dark cocoa

1 tblsp vegetable-based margarine

Sugar sprinkles, powdered sugar, coconut flakes and/or anything else you’d like to use for decoration

Directions for Vegan Condensed Milk

In a large pot, add all ingredients (milk, water, margarine, sugar) and stir constantly over medium heat until boiling. Lower to a simmer and allow to reduce until thick. This will take several hours.

Directions for Brigadeiros

In a large pot (if using your own vegan condensed milk, otherwise use the same pot) heat the condensed milk over medium heat, adding the cocoa drink mix, dark cocoa powder and margarine. Stir constantly, heating until the mixture starts to come away from the sides of the pot, about 5 minutes. Transfer to another dish and cool completely.

Once completely cool, the mixture should look a lot like a very thick, sticky chocolate pudding. Setup your decorations in small bowls for rolling onto your brigadeiros. Using the palms of your hand, roll the chocolate mixture into small balls, about an inch in diameter. Roll in decoration of choice and place in aside for presentation or for storing in the refrigerator.

This recipe makes approximately 24 brigadeiros.

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