Happy Easter everyone! As the Hemp Seed Bites that I made in my previous post were such a hit, I thought I’d try a spin on the recipe and make some delicious Chocolate Orange Hemp Seed truffles. The recipe is pretty much the same as the Lemon and Coconut Hemp Seed Bites but with a few small changes to make an altogether different but amazing flavour! What’s more these incredibly indulgent truffles are really good for you and would make an impressive dinner party treat or gift. The children absolutely LOVE them!
Chocolate Orange Hemp Seed Truffles (makes 16 truffles)
- 3/4 cup shelled hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup agave/coconut nectar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 20g of grated organic dark chocolate (I used Green & Black’s aromatic spices with warming chilli for that extra kick!)
- zest of 1 orange
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup unsweetened desiccated for rolling
- Just under 1/3 cup of organic coco powder for rolling
- Rose petals for decorating (optional..I got mine from Botanica whole food store)
Take the first 7 ingredients and combine in a blender or food processor until a dough forms that is fairly smooth. Adjust sweetness to taste. Melt the coconut oil very gently over low heat until just melted. Then while the blender or food processor is running add the coconut oil in and mix until evenly distributed.
Now take tea spoonfuls out and shape into truffle sized balls. The dough will feel a little oily but don’t worry, the chilled truffles will not be! Put the 1/3 cup desiccated coconut on a flat plate and roll each ball in the coconut. Put the cup of coco powder on a separate flat plate and roll each ball until evenly covered. Place the finished truffles onto a baking sheet covered with grease proof paper and when all are finished put in the freezer for at least 1/2 an hour to firm up. Store in the fridge.
Do not leave at room temperature for too long though as they will lose their firmness.
For more information on the benefits of hemp seed and also coconut oil please refer to the Lemon and Coconut Hemp Seed Bites recipe and Coconut Oil Ice Cream recipe.