Chocolate is an expression of love and passion… and there is good reason for this. Cocoa is rich in antioxidant polyphenols, which act upon the brain, producing a sense of delight that no other substance can replicate. It’s good for the heart and the perfect treat on Valentine’s Day. Noura El-Imam, Yoga & Pilates certified teacher, outdoor enthusiast, foodie fanatic, and Founder of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai, shares three rich chocolate recipes that are super healthy, won’t leave you feeling guilty and are fun to make.
Raw Chocolate Truffles
Here is my very first attempt in making chocolate truffles…super easy and loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are perfect for providing a quick boost of energy and when you’re simply itching for that chocolate bar:
3 generous heaped tablespoons of dark cacao powder.
1.5 cups of pitted soft medjool dates
1 tsp of melted coconut virgin oil
Blend away the above ingredients for a couple of minutes in a food processor (until they clump together). Scoop, roll the mixture into small balls with wet hands. Then roll the balls in anything your heart desires over baking paper. I coated them with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, walnuts + ground coffee + pure maple syrup, rose essence, vanilla essence, cacao nibs, more dark cacao powder…cool them in the fridge for 10 minutes before engulfing them. If you can wait that long of course!
Other innovative coatings can be sesame seeds, caramelised almonds or walnut pieces, pistachios, roasted rose petals, saffron, goji berries, maca….you name it! Play around, get creative and let me know what incredible flavours you come up with.