Outstanding Orange Truffles

These orange truffles taste really naughty but they are actually made from nutrient boosting black beans… Yes, you read that correctly BLACK BEANS but before you start rolling your eyes you don’t need to worry about tasting the healthy black beans. All you’re gonna taste is yum, yum, YUMMY!  

Health benefits of black beans: improves heart health, protects against cancer, high in fiber, improves digestion, boosts energy, stabilizes blood sugar, contains essential vitamins and minerals and is high in protein – I’ve got 99 problems but protein ain’t one

RECIPE

makes 15-20 truffles

INGREDIENTS:
– 1 can black beans (240-250g drained)
– 3 tbsp. maple syrup (or agave syrup)
– 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
– 2 tsp. orange zest
– 3 tsp. juice of an orange
– 1 pinch of rum essence
– 100-150g dark chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS:
Drain and rinse the black beans and pat them dry.

Put the beans in a bowl, add maple syrup and mash the beans with a fork or potato masher or blend them in a blender or food processor

Add cacao powder and orange zest and mix well. Then add the rum essence and orange juice and mix it all well.

The dough should be somewhat wet, but it should still be possible to carefully form it into balls. You might want to wash your hands a couple of times while forming the dough into balls.

Form the mixture into small balls and put them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to harden a little.

Melt the chocolate and dip the truffle balls in the chocolate. Sprinkle with desiccated coconut (See TIP below)

Let the chocolate harden and store the truffles in an airtight container in the fridge.

TIP: Grate a carrot and press the juice out of the grated carrot with your hand. Add a little of the carrot juice to some desiccated coconut and mix it well. This gives you some nice orange-yellow sprinkles to your orange truffles.

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