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Chocolate and Orange Truffles

With the abundance of Valencia oranges overcrowding our farmers markets, what a better time to experiment with a few different recipes.

As delicious as drinking the juice is, why not accompany your refreshment with a snack. Today, the Zummo kitchen turned into an experimental laboratory… less Dexter’s laboratory and more My Kitchen Rules style.

Having  no idea what I was in the mood for, but a bittersweet longing some something dense, delicious and of course healthy, to maintain that pesky New Year’s resolution, I settled on oranges, coconut, dates and cacao.

Upon perceiving the ingredients in front of me, and with a smirk on hand, i shouted (to my cat) ‘TRUFFLES IT IS!” It was the ingredients that did the talking to be honest, they spoke in hushed whispers, ‘raw’, ‘vegan’, ‘free of refined sugar’, ‘nut free’. All those words bubbled up inside me like a child on christmas morning! Hooray, I could snack and my health and fitness goals would stay on track for another day (or a few days really…)

Makes 18 truffles

Ingredients
• 1 cup sunflower seeds
• 1 cup of pitted dates, roughly chopped
• 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
• 2 tablespoons orange zest
• 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder and extra for coating
• Desiccated coconut for coating

Method:
1.Place the sunflower seeds in a food processor and process until ground, then transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
2.Add your chopped dates to the food processor and pulse until the mixture sticks together. You may have to stop
occasionally to scrape down the sides of the food processor.
3.Take out the mixture and combine in the bowl with the sunflower seeds.
4.Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix with your hands until it’s nicely combined. It shouldn’t take too long
5.Measure out a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball, then coat it with either cacao powder or coconut
and repeat with the rest of the mixture.
6.Store the truffles in the fridge until ready to eat.

These little bundles of joy can be used as a pick-me-up during the day, a pre and post workout snack, or like me, just when you want something sweet. And did I mention they are 100% good for you?!! Not only are they refined sugar free, provide a valuable source of various vitamins, minerals and energy, but the oranges within actually help alkalise your body. This may sound odd as oranges are an acidic fruit, but they are in fact filled with alkalising minerals, which help to balance out the body after they have been ingested. Please enjoy, and let us know what you think!

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