Even the most strict adherents to the Paleo lifestyle will tell you that it is ok to indulge in a treat every now and then. I have a weakness for dark chocolate and luckily it is Paleo-friendly ! Dark chocolate is so rich and decadent that you really only need a small bite to satisfy your cravings and it has health benefits to boot! This super food is rich in antioxidants, minerals such as copper, magnesium and iron, and is said to benefit your heart, brain, and blood sugar levels. What more could you ask for?
A I love that is very simple to make is mint chocolate truffles. They require no baking and only a few simple steps.
- 3 ounce (approx.) bar of dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) (Buy on )
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- ½ cup full fat canned coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- Slice the chocolate bar into shards, attempting to make the pieces in similar size. (It is best to cut the bar on the diagonal for this.). Set aside in medium bowl with the coconut oil.
- Add the coconut milk and chopped mint to a food processor or blender and grind until the mint is very finely chopped.
- Warm the coconut milk and mint mixture in a small saucepan over medium heat until it simmers.
- Pour the warmed milk and mint over the coconut oil and chocolate, and stir with a rubber spatula or wire whisk until smooth.
- Add the peppermint extract.
- Place the mixture in an airtight container, cover and refrigerate until the chocolate cools and hardens (about 4 hours.)
- Remove from the refrigerator and scoop the chocolate out using a small cookie scoop.
- If desired, roll some or all of the truffles in unsweetened cocoa. These little guys can melt some once removed from the fridge, so keep refrigerated until ready to serve.