How To make Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles | How To Make Your Own Chocolate Refined Sugar-Free Treats in Minutes

The day I decided to change some of my eating habits and stopped eating refined sugar I started looking for natural substitutes for it too. Since then I'm always trying to make my own wholesome treats. And that’s why I choose these Chocolate Truffles recipe too. Because this is one of the first treats I've learned from when I started with unrefined, unprocessed foods. 

So as you know I first shared why I stopped eating refined sugar here but today I want to share with you a little more about the process of changing from one eating habit to another. 

Having this experience definitely helped me improve various of those (inexplicable) health challenges I was facing. And I just feel the need to share with you the benefits that I found by just simply stop eating refined sugar, and hopefully, everything that I’m going to share here with you today could help you (in some way) too. And I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

As I told you before in this previous post, taking the decision on changing this eating habit in my life was no an easy task but it wasn't difficult either, I guess I was so aware of all the issues that refined sugar was causing to my health that I wanted to start learning and looking for substitutes as soon as possible. All I can say (from personal experience) is that when you decide to change certain habits to improve your lifestyle, the beginning of the transition can feel a bit overwhelming (but there's no need to feel overwhelmed at all!) maybe all these feelings come along because you don't know what is going to follow after that decision, and at some point maybe you start questioning yourself; thinking... Am I going to be able to accomplish this?... But hey! Everything that is unknown to us always tends to create certain fears. I think it's like dating someone for the first time, nerves, mystery. But also eager to know how it will be?! 

So yes, I had all kind of overwhelmed thoughts but let me tell you something that since having Lia I've learned that there's nothing more challenging ( + wonderful) than the nervous (+ scared) feelings that are produced when you're about to give birth for the first time! It's natural to feel that way! (First-time Moms Please don’t feel like your feelings are unnatural, because they don't)  So going back to my point; knowing in my heart that this changing of eating habits couldn't be as hard as something more challenging like....... (Yes, you birth) all those overwhelming feelings + thoughts were out of my head in no time.

In a way, I could say that I'm glad I had those health challenges because they push me to step out of my comfort zone, take a step forward and start knowing more about my body and the foods that were creating positive benefits to my health and the foods that didn’t do anything good for my health too. By simply replacing artificial sugar with natural sugar, I don’t feel restricted on sugar at all, on the opposite, I feel that I’m eating the right sugar, and since then I don’t feel sugar cravings and that constant need to eat something sweet, I only eat something sweet after lunch or at end of the evening. And most of the time that is enough for me.

So if you're planning on changing your eating habits, all that I can say is that you don’t need to feel overwhelmed, just start slowly, learn more about your body and experiment a bit with the foods you’re used to eating, see how you feel after eating them. Ask yourself what benefits these changes would bring into your life and your family? That’s the way I started my process, I am not a health expert, I'm just a Mum/ Mom sharing personal experience here and the little things I'm sharing here, are the things that helped me go through the process in a more organic way. So, just remember to start slowly.

However, in my way of substituting refined sugar with natural sugar, I found the most indulgent sweet recipes! Really! I started seeing these raw ( + vegan + gluten-free ) sweet balls/ truffles everywhere in the health movement circuit. I wanted to know more so I started trying different combos of flavors until one day yes! I finally got it right. I was totally amazed by how delicious these Choco-balls taste without any refined sugar at all. Totally homemade, wholesome, incredibly easy to make and plus is a 3- ingredients recipe, plus they’re fun to make, (and you can also make these with your children. The texture feels like playdough :) ) plus your guests with look totally impressed {insert happy dancing + plus winning face here} Plus they would cheer you up after the first bite! 

Ok. Now going back to the recipe, before I go, I’ll tell you that the main ingredients you would need for this recipe are only unsweetened baking chocolate, almond meal, and Medjool dates (in Spanish dátiles, yes, that's for you my Spanish readers). I added a pinch of Himalayan salt and coated some of them in coconut but that is totally optional so you can make them all chocolate and if you want to give it a salty contrast and for any reason, you can’t find Himalayan salt just replace it with Sea salt. I hope you enjoy making this NO- Bake sweet treat recipe!

Vegan Chocolate Truffles, refined sugar free, copyright aldentegourmet blog, copyright Aldyth Moyla Photography

 makes 10

1 1/2 Medjool Dates, (soaked in hot water for about an hour and then remove seeds)
1/2 C. Unsweeted Baking Cocoa Powder
3/4 C. Almond Meal / flour
Desiccated Coconut (optional)
Himalayan or Sea Salt (optional)

1- In a food processor add dates, cocoa powder and almond meal (+pinch of salt).  Then pulse everything together into a paste.
2- Make small-medium balls by rolling paste with your hands. Roll some of them in coconut if you like. Store in the fridge and enjoy your healthy treat!