Raw chili chocolate truffles
250g cashew nuts
14 meejool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
2 tbsp raw cacao powder.
8 drops of medicine flower vanilla extract (or use the seeds of 1 vanilla pod)
1 tsp mesquite powder (use 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon if not available)
Pinch of Himalayan salt or fine sea salt
For the dusting:
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp of ground cayenne pepper- adjust amount to your taste
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
In a food processor, blitz the cashews until they are as fine as you can get them. The perfect consistency is when they start almost making a butter at the very bottom but are like ground almonds on top. Give them a stir to remove the smooth part from the bottom of the processor bowl.
Add the cacao powder, vanilla, mesquite (or Cinnamon), and salt, and whizz briefly to combine. Lastly add the chopped dates. Blitz again until the mix starts to come together into a dough. It needs to be mouldable and not too crumbly in texture.
Next make the dusting. Sprinkle the cacao, cinnamon and cayenne onto a tray and mix together with a spoon.
Then take small pieces of the 'dough' and roll them into ball shapes with your hands. Pop them on the tray and roll them around in the coating by tilting the tray in different directions. When they have a nice even coating, remove them to another plate. Keep on going until you have used all the dough and all the truffles are coated.
Put them in the fridge until required!
Such a simple recipe, but really tastes out of this world. You can go crazy with flavours for these truffles too. Try ground cardamon and orange with cacao or mint extract for an after dinner minty truffle or roll them in coconut for a snowy looking winter truffle. Really the combinations are endless!