Maca mint chocolate truffles & a giveaway

Maca Mint Chocolate Truffles

I’ve never been the type to celebrate Valentine’s Day. With all the pressure to buy roses and diamonds for your love, it just seems so over-commercialized, too pricey and too stressful. There is no need for flowers or chocolates or fancy dinners for this lady.

Yet I do still find fun in the tradition of gifting valentines to family, friends and colleagues. Rather than mass-produced, cartoon-embellished cards, creating my own edible gifts always wins me huge points from anyone on the receiving end. Today I’m sharing with you a true winner: the maca mint chocolate truffles recipe from my latest Edible Gifts ebook. Lisa and I created this collection of ebook recipes to inspire you to start the tradition of gifting homemade vegan treats, and I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to put these recipes to use. It’s like your carefree, super fun and—most importantly—insanely delicious guide to gifting. (You can order your copy here.)

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These particular minty confections from the ebook are super easy to make yet look like they came from a professional candy shop. A little effort in gift presentation always makes things extra special, so set them in foil candy cups and package in decorative tins and your gift recipient will love you forever.

Speaking of heart-warming gifts for this lovey-dovey holiday, the fine folks at Nature’s Path have offered to give away a beautiful Valentine’s Day prize pack to one ADC reader! The giveaway includes:

Love Crunch breakfast tray

One of the great things about this company is that they use high-quality, organic, fair-trade, non-GMO ingredients. Their Valentine’s Day inspired Love Crunch granola includes flax granola, freeze-dried strawberries and raspberries, coconut and dark chocolate chunks. And, for every bag of Love Crunch sold, Nature’s Path gives the equivalent in food and cash to Food Banks Canada as part of their Bite4Bite program. How awesome is that?

If you’d like to win this amazing giveaway, be sure to enter below! I will choose a random winner on Wednesday, February 12th. This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only. Good luck!

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Maca-mint chocolate truffles

Yield: 12 to 14 truffles

Ingredients:

For the truffles:

  • 3/4 cup (65g) natural cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup (120mL) pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (80mL) melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (60g) soft, pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5mL) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25mL) pure mint extract
  • pinch of sea salt

For the coating:

  • 1/4 cup (25g) natural cacao powder
  • 2 tsp (10mL) maca powder

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor, process the cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut oil and dates until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla extract, mint extract and salt and process briefly to combine. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to firm up.
  3. Sift the cacao powder and maca powder in a small bowl. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the truffle mixture and roll it into a ball between your palms. Dip and roll the truffle in the cacao powder mixture and then place in a paper candy cup. Repeat with the remaining truffle mixture. Store the finished truffles in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

Recipe from Edible Gifts ebook

      

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97 Responses to “Maca mint chocolate truffles & a giveaway”

  1. Cindy — February 5, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    I have had the pleasure of tasting those Maca Mint truffles, and they are a special treat indeed! I think you know my answer to the granola question. Cinnamon. Always cinnamon :)

    Reply

  2. Laura — February 5, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    I have only tried it once, but my favourite flavour of granola is pumpkin. I love anything with pumpkin in it.

    Reply

  3. itzia — February 5, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    i love the pumpkin flax plus

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  4. Amanda — February 5, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    That love crunch granola sounds awesome, as do your maca mint truffles! Favorite granola…I’m going to repeat what Laura said and vote pumpkin! Anything pumpkin/pumpkin spice gets my vote. :)

    Reply

  5. Melissa M — February 5, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    I never knew it came in different flavors. lol I love it all I guess!

    Reply

  6. Nancy — February 5, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

    The Hemp Plus granola is my favourite!

    Reply

  7. Radhika K — February 5, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

    Cinnamon

    Reply

  8. Jessica — February 5, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    crunch granola sounds delicious!

    Reply

  9. Rebecca — February 5, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

    These look fantastic! I’ll have to try dishing these up to my chocolate loving friends. Does cacao powder contain any caffeine? My mother cannot have any caffeinated products but loves mint chocolate so I wonder if she could have these. Nature’s Path is my absolute favorite brand of organic cereals and granola and I /swear/ by them. My favorite is their line of pumpkin spice granolas, it’s the absolute best I’ve ever tasted! Full of good-for-you pumpkin seeds and pumpkin spices, it’s a permanent staple to my breakfast routine.

    Reply

    • Nicole replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

      Caffeine doesn’t occur naturally in chocolate or raw cacao, but it contains a stimulant called theobromine. The two stimulants are related but have very different properties, effects and origins. Be sure to buy natural raw cacao powder for this recipe and you should be okay.

      Reply

  10. Ricki Thorpe — February 5, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Mmm love natures path, haven’t true love crunch yet as being unemployed sucks and I buy what’s on sale.

    Where do we enter this wonderful contest giveaway? Thanks to all the sponsors for this opportunity

    Reply

    • Nicole replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

      You can enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter box above. Where it says “Answer a Question!” click on the +1 box and follow the prompts.

      Reply

  11. Hannah — February 5, 2014 @ 1:25 pm

    Peanut butter, always. Or pistachio. With rosewater.

    Reply

  12. Jay — February 5, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    I have no idea…didn’t know there were different kinds!

    Reply

  13. Sheelagh — February 5, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    I had a pumpkin pie flavoured one once that blew my mind!

    Reply

  14. janet @ the taste space — February 5, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    Woah, these look great. What about a cocoa flavoured granola? Actually, I tried that and prefer apple-cinnamon. ;)

    Reply

  15. Rosie — February 5, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    Dark Chocolate & Red Berries love crunch sounds like a happy breakfast and a great snack – to share!!!

    Reply

  16. Miet — February 5, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    Cinnamon raisin!!

    Reply

  17. Vegyogini — February 5, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

    I make Dreena Burton’s recipe for chocolate goji berry granola often; it’s my favorite! Thank you for the giveaway.

    Reply

  18. Christina — February 5, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

    My favorite Love Crunch flavor is Carrot Cake, and my favorite flavor to make myself is a cinnamon pecan!

    Reply

  19. Jason — February 5, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

    I never knew it came in other flavors! I have been living under a rock I guess!

    Reply

  20. Andrea Amy — February 5, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    cinnamon

    Reply

  21. Mallory — February 5, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    I love any granola with chocolate chunks :)

    Reply

  22. sarah — February 5, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

    pumpkin spice!

    Reply

  23. maria — February 5, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

    peanut butter

    Reply

  24. Lynn A. Reynolds — February 5, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

    I love the pumpkin flavor. It’s great mixed with my Greek yogurt.

    Lynn
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

    Reply

  25. Toneria M — February 5, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

    I love Honey Almond by Bob’s Red Mill…..delish!

    Reply

  26. Pete Armstorng — February 5, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

    oatmeal raisin granola, with slivered almonds

    Reply

  27. Melissa — February 5, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    Lovvvvvve chocolate granola! Crunchy oats with flecks of cocoa–mm hmm!

    Reply

  28. Mooinca — February 5, 2014 @ 10:57 pm

    Any flavour is great, really. :)

    Reply

  29. Danielle — February 5, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

    My favourite granola flavour is cinnamon.

    Reply

  30. Josh S — February 5, 2014 @ 11:27 pm

    All of them! yum!

    Reply

  31. Becca F — February 5, 2014 @ 11:34 pm

    Anything with chocolate in it is a favorite of mine

    Reply

  32. Josiane — February 6, 2014 @ 12:12 am

    I love trying new flavours, but will always come back to cinnamon. It’s for a good reason it’s such a classic granola flavour – it’s truly delicious!

    Reply

  33. Nicole — February 6, 2014 @ 12:41 am

    My favorite granola flavor is chocolate. Okay… my favorite flavor of EVERYTHING is chocolate :)

    Reply

  34. May — February 6, 2014 @ 1:17 am

    Cinnamon Raisin is a classic!

    Reply

  35. Tina L. — February 6, 2014 @ 1:47 am

    I like cinnamon

    Reply

  36. Shosha — February 6, 2014 @ 2:06 am

    Pumpkin! :)

    Reply

  37. Beth Seibel — February 6, 2014 @ 2:13 am

    vanilla and cinnamon raisin are my favs!
    excited to give these pretty truffles a whirl as well!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Reply

  38. Melissa — February 6, 2014 @ 2:44 am

    I love granola with dried pomegranate & coconut!

    Reply

  39. jenn erin — February 6, 2014 @ 4:04 am

    peanut butter or vanilla!

    Reply

  40. April Deters — February 6, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    I enjoy maple granola :-)

    Reply

  41. Ali @ Farmers Market Vegan — February 6, 2014 @ 6:22 am

    This recipe has been treating me oh so well for the past year or so (I sub maple syrup for the honey). http://www.affairsofliving.com/imported-20100106014405/2013/5/8/spiced-seed-honey-granola-gluten-free-nut-free-low-sugar.html

    Reply

  42. Tammy Dalley — February 6, 2014 @ 8:05 am

    I love Cinnamon!

    Reply

  43. Angela Fenyvesi — February 6, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    I absolutely adore all chocolate granola, I like peanut butter too

    Reply

  44. atiera — February 6, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    dark chocolate and coconut

    Reply

  45. Samantha — February 6, 2014 @ 9:34 am

    I love cinnamon and honey granola.

    Reply

  46. Sunshine G — February 6, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    Cinnamon – and it’s great for your short term memory too!

    Reply

  47. Elena — February 6, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Peanut butter granola is the best!

    Reply

  48. Ann — February 6, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    My favourite flavour just need to include chocolate:)

    Reply

  49. Stacy — February 6, 2014 @ 11:11 am

    Anything with peanut butter or chocolate in it – or both!! :) I love to mix it with fresh berries in the summertime.

    Reply

  50. SUMMER PLEWES — February 6, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    My favorite is called MAPLE ME HAPPY!!

    Reply

  51. @sweetkeet — February 6, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    Cinnamon raisin

    Reply

  52. jenny n — February 6, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    Vanilla and honey

    Reply

  53. Joanne Gregory — February 6, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

    I love a granola with vanilla and blueberry flavors.

    Reply

  54. Linda L — February 6, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

    Lots of dried berries and almonds and covered in a yogurt dip (like the chewy nature valley bars)

    Reply

  55. Jess — February 6, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    Pumpkin is my favorite!

    Reply

  56. Nicole — February 6, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

    Apple and cinnamon is my fave flavour.

    Reply

  57. Chelsea — February 6, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

    Pumpkin!!

    Reply

  58. veganlisa — February 6, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    I’d like to try the pumpkin or the love crunch – I’ve never tried any Nature’s Path granola before.

    Reply

  59. stephanie — February 6, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

    The pumpkin is delicious as is any granola flavored with peanut butter.

    Nature’s Path’s Honest O’s is my go to cereal in the morning…delicious!

    Reply

  60. Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen — February 6, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

    I made these tonight for a party, they were a big hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe. My favourite flavour for granola is maple and cinnamon.

    Reply

  61. The Peace Patch — February 6, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

    Blueberry cashew granola always rocks my day!

    Reply

  62. Dayna Wilson — February 7, 2014 @ 12:02 am

    Maple pecan granola!

    Reply

  63. Amy C — February 7, 2014 @ 1:08 am

    My favourite is Sunrise Crunchy Maple.

    Reply

  64. Jennifer — February 7, 2014 @ 1:31 am

    I didn’t know there were different flavors of Love Crunch until I discovered the web page but for a couple of years I have been devouring The Dark Chocolate & Red Berries Love crunch dry! It IS ADDICTIVE! I love that you also sell Gluten Free Products to keep on the straight in my diet. Thank you for such awesome products!

    Reply

  65. Nicollette — February 7, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    Pumpkin Flax from Nature’s Path. & they sell it at Costco!

    Reply

  66. Amber G. — February 7, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

    I like granola with lots of nuts and dried fruit!

    Reply

  67. Karla Sceviour — February 7, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    I like granola with walnuts,pecans and fruit.

    Reply

  68. heidi c. — February 7, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

    I love any kind of granola, especially if there are chcocolate chunks in it!

    Reply

  69. Susan Christy — February 8, 2014 @ 12:49 am

    Maple Pecan is my favorite.

    Reply

  70. Miriam Wilton — February 8, 2014 @ 2:32 am

    I have the Pumpkin Flax every morning!

    Reply

  71. shani — February 8, 2014 @ 4:31 am

    i like a pretty standard flavor with something surprising like dried cranberries

    Reply

  72. Julia — February 8, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

    Every flavor! I’ve never met a granola that I didn’t like!

    Reply

  73. Stephanie — February 8, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

    Granola with chocolate chunks

    Reply

  74. jules m. — February 9, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    i love cinnamon raisin granola

    Reply

  75. Chloe — February 9, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    My favorite granola flavor is chai tea. Just add chai spices to the batch of granola and voila! You just created the best granola ever :]

    Reply

  76. Rhonda W G. — February 9, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    I’d like a vanilla flavoured and/or pumpkin!!!

    Reply

  77. Allison Downes — February 9, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    I love Cinnamon Flavored granola.

    Thanks for the nice giveaway!

    Reply

  78. Elena Vo — February 9, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

    Blueberry granola all the way!

    Reply

  79. Bev — February 9, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    I simply love gingerbread granola!

    Reply

  80. Kristina Nguyen — February 10, 2014 @ 12:45 am

    Granola and chocolate chips!

    Reply

  81. Maggie C — February 10, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    I love any granola with crunchy nuts and a salty/sweet taste to them!

    Reply

  82. Brenda Penton — February 10, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    My favourite is the Nature’s Path Coconut Chia granola.

    Reply

  83. Lori Bazan — February 10, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    I love Dark Chocolate and raspberry! Thanks for the chance!

    Reply

  84. Yuen Chik — February 10, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

    Peanut butter!

    Reply

  85. Julie Bolduc — February 11, 2014 @ 7:28 am

    I like peanut butter ;)

    Reply

  86. nicolthepickle — February 11, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    The Sunrise crunchy maple sounds amazing. I haven’t tried it, but it sounds good.
    I love a good Almond granola.

    Reply

  87. Gabby @ the veggie nook — February 11, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    My favourite granola flavour seems to change with every batch I make! Recently: double chocolate and goji berry! Although there is this store-bought one that is coconut and cranberry which I ADORE :P

    Reply

  88. Gail — February 11, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    My favorite granola flavor is chocolate-pecan!

    Reply

  89. Tanis — February 11, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    Vanilla!

    Reply

  90. Bons — February 11, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    I like my granola with maple pecan

    Reply

  91. Carole @CaroleBee Food&Photo — February 11, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    Oh how I love granola!! Especially with brown sugar and cinnamon!! Yummm!!!

    Reply

  92. Carole @CaroleBee Food&Photo — February 11, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

    P.S these truffles look amazing!!!

    Reply

  93. Elena — February 11, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    I like the chocolate granola

    Reply

  94. Laurie B — February 11, 2014 @ 10:08 pm

    My favourite is cinnamon

    Reply

  95. suzi — February 11, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

    I’ve tried Dark Chocolate & Red Berries and loved it!

    Reply

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