Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vanilla and Mesquite Truffles

Another version of raw truffles has become my latest favourite sweet treat. It features mesquite powder which has a delightful caramel hint. It also has a good protein count, making it a good option for protein smoothies. It also contains “good quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, and is rich in the amino acid lysine as well.” It can be partnered easily with maca and cacao powder. (read more here)

So without further ado here is the recipe for…

Vanilla and Mesquite Truffles
250g macadamia nuts or cashew nuts or combination. You need a creamy nut.
500g pitted fresh dates – soak if not soft
1 vanilla bean ground or 1 t vanilla essence
1 ½ T mesquite powder
Sour Cherries (optional)

1. Grind macadamia nuts in food processor, until like breadcrumbs.
2. Drain dates and add with food processor along with ground vanilla bean or essence, mesquite and dates. Process again until the mixture forms a ball.
3. Roll into small balls using your hands and roll in mesquite or coconut.
4. Variation: 1/8 c sour cherries – depending on the size of your truffles, bury one or two sour cherries in the middle, or chop roughly and add to mix just before it starts to make a ball. You want the sour cherries to feature as little bits of ‘kick’ not get lost it in the mix.

Based on an idea from but I have ‘kiwi-ised’ it.

I have put the sour cherries, coconut and mesquite powder into a Starter Pack and discounted it by 10% for this week (NZ only). Was $44.68; now $39.95. This pack is enough for approximately 7 – 10 batches.
Yes, I know the truffle looks lost and lonely on its plate but I also told you that they were my new favourites and, it was my very last one. Time to make another batch.

It seems mesquite is a good superfood for diabetics to use: “Researchers report that mesquite is highly effective in balancing blood sugar. The natural sweetness in the pods - which comes from fructose - and the high rate of dietary fibre - pods are 25% fibre - causes the nutrients in mesquite to be absorbed slowly preventing ups and downs in blood sugar levels. With a low glycemic index of 25, mesquite requires a longer time to digest then many grains. The digestive time for mesquite is to 4 to 6 hours unlike wheat which is digested in 1 to 2 hours. These factors result in a food that maintains a constant blood sugar for a sustained time and as a result prevents hunger & is safe for diabetics.”

Since this recipe is high in dates, diabetics will need to mindful as to the best time to enjoy these truffles.


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