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Even though I am not “raw”, per se, I really appreciate the simplicity of raw desserts.
They’re (generally) very healthy! In my experience, raw desserts are delicious, either composed of fresh fruit and flavors or made with mostly whole ingredients (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc.) with some flavoring (such as raw cocoa or carob powder).
I have been hoarding this recipe for a while. I don’t know why– they are delicious! These no-bake truffles pair chocolate (or carob) with dried figs and velvety cashews for a rich dessert or snack that can be eaten anytime. They can be completely raw or simply be based off the same healthful ingredients. For a completely raw truffle, use the oil and water instead of brown rice syrup, a raw cacao or carob powder, and raw cashews (many go through heat processing, even if they are not “roasted”).
Almost Raw Chocolate Truffles
Gluten/wheat-free, corn-free, vegan, refined-sugar free
1/2 cup cashew nuts
1/3 cup dried black mission figs, stemmed
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or carob powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup OR
OR 1 teaspoon oil (preferably olive– it adds great flavor) and 1 teaspoon water
In a food processor, grind the cashews, dried figs, and cocoa/carob powder into a course mixture. Add the vanilla and syrup (or oil and water) and process into a “dough” that will hold together when pinched off. Roll into ten even sized balls and roll in either cocoa or carob powder or shredded coconut. Eat immediately or refrigerate until you are ready to serve them (which will solidify them a bit).