Maca mint chocolate truffles & a giveaway

Maca Mint Chocolate Truffles | A Dash of Compassion

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.)

Maca Mint Chocolate Truffles | A Dash of Compassion

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 :)

  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.

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

    i love the pumpkin flax plus

  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. :)

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

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

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

    The Hemp Plus granola is my favourite!

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

    Cinnamon

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

    crunch granola sounds delicious!

  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.

    • Nicole — February 5, 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.

  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

    • Nicole — February 5, 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.

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

    Peanut butter, always. Or pistachio. With rosewater.

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

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

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

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

  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. ;)

  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!!!

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

    Cinnamon raisin!!

  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.

  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!

  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!

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

    cinnamon

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

    I love any granola with chocolate chunks :)

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

    pumpkin spice!

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

    peanut butter

  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

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

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

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

    oatmeal raisin granola, with slivered almonds

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

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

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

    Any flavour is great, really. :)

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

    My favourite granola flavour is cinnamon.

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

    All of them! yum!

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

    Anything with chocolate in it is a favorite of mine

  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!

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

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

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

    Cinnamon Raisin is a classic!

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

    I like cinnamon

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

    Pumpkin! :)

  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.

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

    I love granola with dried pomegranate & coconut!

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

    peanut butter or vanilla!

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

    I enjoy maple granola :-)

  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

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

    I love Cinnamon!

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

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

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

    dark chocolate and coconut

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

    I love cinnamon and honey granola.

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

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

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

    Peanut butter granola is the best!

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

    My favourite flavour just need to include chocolate:)

  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.

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

    My favorite is called MAPLE ME HAPPY!!

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

    Cinnamon raisin

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

    Vanilla and honey

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

    I love a granola with vanilla and blueberry flavors.

  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)

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

    Pumpkin is my favorite!

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

    Apple and cinnamon is my fave flavour.

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

    Pumpkin!!

  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.

  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!

  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.

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

    Blueberry cashew granola always rocks my day!

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

    Maple pecan granola!

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

    My favourite is Sunrise Crunchy Maple.

  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!

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

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

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

    I like granola with lots of nuts and dried fruit!

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

    I like granola with walnuts,pecans and fruit.

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

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

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

    Maple Pecan is my favorite.

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

    I have the Pumpkin Flax every morning!

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

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

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

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

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

    Granola with chocolate chunks

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

    i love cinnamon raisin granola

  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 :]

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

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

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

    I love Cinnamon Flavored granola.

    Thanks for the nice giveaway!

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

    Blueberry granola all the way!

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

    I simply love gingerbread granola!

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

    Granola and chocolate chips!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Peanut butter!

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

    I like peanut butter ;)

  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.

  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

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

    My favorite granola flavor is chocolate-pecan!

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

    Vanilla!

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

    I like my granola with maple pecan

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

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

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

    P.S these truffles look amazing!!!

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

    I like the chocolate granola

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

    My favourite is cinnamon

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

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

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