It’s been a rainy Saturday here in Perth. Wet, cold and predominantly grey. Quite amusing really, as it was only three weeks ago that I posted a recipe for slow-roasted lamb as a ‘…final homage to the beautiful winter-that-was’. Upon reflection, I should change that to the winter that is, as it’s been cold and rainy all week.
Oh well. All the more time for slow food, hot soup, snuggling under blankets and drinking hot chocolate with plenty of treats like these gluten-free, dairy-free bites of lemon cacao bliss.
These particular truffles were made two weeks ago for my beautiful friend Anna (who is an amazing singer-songwriter, check out her website here) who can’t tolerate wheat, gluten or dairy. We ate them with fruit, Medjool dates and wine after a vegan dinner at our house, and I liked them so much that I snapped a few photos in preparation for a blog post.
Due to my delay in posting, these treats are now well and truly finished. Gone. Absent and departed. Seeing their photos in memoriam makes me sad.
They taste like moist little bundles of almond, coconut and honey with soft, fragrant lemon undertones and the crunch of cacao nibs. I rolled half in raw cacao and the other half in dessicated coconut; after a great deal of taste testing we’ve decided that the coconut are superior to their more-bitter-on-the-tongue cacao cousins.
All this talk is making me hungry. It’s time to make another batch.
Lemon, Coconut and Cacao Truffles
- 1 1/2 cups (110g) unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 1 cup (110g) almond meal
- 4 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 4 tbsp honey (to make these completely vegan, substitute with maple syrup or agave as desired)
- zest and juice of one unwaxed lemon
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs (or extra, to taste)
- a pinch of crushed sea salt
For rolling the truffles:
- 1/4 cup (18g) unsweetened dessicated coconut
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
Place the dessicated coconut, almond meal, coconut oil, honey, lemon juice and zest, vanilla extract and sea salt into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together (around 1 minute).
Turn out into a bowl and add the cacao nibs. Mix together with a wooden spoon.
Use your hands to roll 1/2 tbsp of the mixture into a small bowl. Roll in dessicated coconut or cacao (I placed each coating in a separate bowl to roll the truffles as desired), then gently place onto a lined tray. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
Refrigerate the truffles for at least half an hour before eating.
I prefer to eat them straight out of the refrigerator but you can store them at room temperature if desired. To keep them a little longer, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.