Maca mint chocolate truffles & a giveaway
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.)
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:
- Nature’s Path Love Crunch Granolas (Dark Chocolate & Red Berries and Dark Chocolate Macaroon),
- Nature’s Path Pure Oats Oatmeal,
- Kicking Horse Organic Coffee,
- Choice Organic Tea, and
- Presented on a beautiful, sustainably sourced wooden tray, as well as matching bowl and spoon.
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!
Maca-mint chocolate truffles
Yield: 12 to 14 truffles
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
- Using a food processor, process the cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut oil and dates until smooth.
- 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.
- 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